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Um, yeah, I should post something, shouldn't I?

I'm oddly depressed right now - probably post-event letdown, methinks.  And the fact that I have to go back to work and not stay at the farm forever.

(I love my farmhouse.)

But anyway - it was a mad, mad, mad, mad week, and lots got done, not least of which the guest bedroom finally has a bed:

 

So, except for floor and trim, it's pretty much done.  We'll be raising the headboard a little at some point, but not so much that we block the window.

Most of the week was spent on the garage bathroom, which of course, I forgot to get a picture of, so you can't see the really cool tiled floor Bob made.  I'm sorry, I flossed; I meant to get a pic at the end of the week, but I was fried before the event.  Bob was amazing, though, and did twenty times the work I did, making the whole weekend possible.

I really love having people come and stay; this was the first weekend where we were able to accommodate many, many people, and I was in heaven.  Cooking, making sure people have comfy places to stay, washing towels and sheets - it's ridiculously domestic, but I love making people comfortable.  I really dig making sure there's a well-stocked bathroom with plenty of usable miniatures and sample sizes.

Yes, I'm a little odd.  I still love it, and my friends know that they don't need the excuse of an event to come and stay, they just have to ask for a quiet weekend of farm bliss.  Anyone who has put in time helping to make the house and land useable can just announce they're coming - y'all have a standing invitation whenever we're down there.  :)

We also had fun with animals - the weather was warm, and we got toads:

 

I love toads, and they love our deck - they hang out there under the lights, hunting insects.

(Like mosquitoes - the mossie problem was bad this time, and my legs are covered with welts from the ones the toads didn't catch.  Go toads!)

And we found snakes:
 
 

That's a little ring snake (that's my engagement ring it's twisted around, rather fittingly)  we found while lifting slate slabs to build the cooking firepit.

But there was an event - Gardiner's did a really cool Elizabethan LH event on Saturday, and it was great:



(That's the firepit, with Olivia and eleanors_closet working over it - they do all our cooking, and they're awesome.  They don't play SCA much any more, but they are getting into other LH eras.)  It makes sense that Bob and/or I run the event that happens at our place, but next year, Bob is running it with me, because my brain shut down a couple of times during set-up, and the schedule I had for the day needed a little more supervising, which the two of us would have been able to manage better.  Still, the event was awesome, particualrly since we hadn't had one like it for a couple of years since the "Tavern" came down.

Speaking of the missing Tavern, we looked for it:



...But could not find it, which made us sad:



But Fanny the alewife apparently did rather well with the insurance money.



We did get to spiff up some of our things from Pennsic - theblueleader  made fringe, which eleanors_closet, Olivia, and I tied onto the pikes (I made the white fringe):

 

And overall, we had a really good look for the event, though I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I wanted to:

 

  


Good times.

And good friends:



You can't really ask for more.

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kass_rants
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
How wonderful! Oh how sorry I am we didn't make it!

But at least I don't have "The Party's Over" Blues today. I'm sorry you've got them. They suck mightily.

Next year? Spring? Please don't think because we couldn't make it this time that we wouldn't try harder next time. =)
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Once you've been invited, you're always invited. :)
kass_rants
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yay!
maricelt
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Oh, L. I'm so happy that you all had such a great time. The guest room is beautiful. And I can fully understand wanting to stay at such a beautiful haven. ::hugs::
cathgrace
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
It looks like you had a lovely time! I am sorry you are a bit bummed but you are such a wonderful hostess, I am sure everyone had a great time and no one noticed you got a bit overwhelmed.
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, everyone noticed - I'm terrible at covering up. :) I hope everyone also noticed how happy I was that it all came together.
elizabethnmafia
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad y'all had such a great time. We were bummed we couldn't make it. I can't wait to see the finished garage bathroom. I know it looks awesome.
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tacnukesoul
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
If I had something that wasn't lame and farby, could I come to the next one?

Please?
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe - we're pretty rough, so knowing how to fight safely is paramount. Also, it's not up to me - invitations are kind of decided on by group discussion. The best way is to come to toher things we do, like SCA events, get in your better Elizabethan gear, and get to know people. We do in persona events, which means being "on" all day.
tacnukesoul
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I can understand why you're tired - I found doing 1st Person at Plimoth to be killer work.

What do you chat about all day? Is there a particular date you're doing with news of the day or other background info?
attack_laurel
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
We chat about whatever's happening in front of us, usually - for some events, I'll post a "this is what's happening right now" background thing beforehand, and I also used to comb the Weekly World News for silly things to discuss as "local" events, such as "Pope gets hit by a space meteor" became "Southwark Bishop gets hit by rock from God". We also have a running joke about a giant lobster that inhabits the docks, and we discuss modern things like movies in a period manner - King Kong became a great ape that went wild in the bear baiting gardens, and such.

It's hard to explain, but it works. People back then didn't discuss current events all the time, they gossiped about their neighbours, asked after relatives, and made bawdy conversation with their friends. We try to follow that model. :)
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attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Uh... Uh... I actually don't recal the name (I'll have to look and see next time I'm down there), but it was Sherwin Williams, and is in the warmer spectrum, like forget-me-not, or bluebell, or something.
vom_schwarzwald
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
You guys all look great...and the house looks awesome too!
hugh_mannity
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful event. The farm looks wonderful. I am most envious while at the same time delighted that you have such a place.

How did you make pike fringe? I've been asked by our Pike Company for fringe for the baronial pikes but don't know how to do it.
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Get yourself a nice long length of wool, and tie it taut between two chairs (or have someone hold it for you). Cut lengths of wool yarn into double the length you want your fringe, plus half an inch. Divide into threes. Fold the three bits of yarn in half, and loop over the taut wool in a slip knot. We find about a dozen knots makes acceptably full fringe, but you can get up to 15 knots of three=ply before it starts to stick out straight.

:)
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
oops, second half of instructions
...and then tie the fringe around the top of the pike, and nail into place with a couple of furniture tacks (we like the brass ones, but any short wide-headed tack will do).
valkyr8
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
That looks like so much fun, and everyone looks so wonderful! As much as I like the SCA I totally understand the attraction of a LH group that is focused on a specific time and place. Especially when everyone has the same standards.
attack_laurel
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
We're not as strict as some groups, but we require persona play the whole day, so it's not for everyone. We get sometimes get people who just want to fight, but not anything else, and they usually don't get invited (or invited back), because they detract from the general feel of the event. :)

We get called "elitist" sometimes, but really, if someone isn't interested in the whole Elizabethan package, they're not going to have a good time at our events. And we have no awards or prizes (or any influence in the SCA, despite what some people think), so it pretty much just has to be love of the game that keeps us going.
valkyr8
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hell I get called elitist cause I expect people to do better than an f'in bag chair on the list field. (loved your post on that a while back, btw)

I would have a hard time being in persona all day, it's not how I play, but it is a skill that I respect and admire of others.
eithni
Oct. 21st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Well, that's just because we all know you are a big fat meanie who likes to suck the fun out of life and the SCA. ;P
aliskye
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think what you do is awesome and I aspire to get close to that ideal someday. :)

Thank you for so much inspiration!!
thatpotteryguy
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
This is elitist? Hoo, boy, am I in trouble...
tradarcher
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Looks like fun for everyone there.
hsifeng
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Looks terrific! We had a fun little camp out a few years back on my parents ranch: http://www.fahnlein.com/forums/photos/photo-thumbnails.asp?albumid=7

The first photo is me making waffles/waffers....YUM!
pinkleader
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
arflebarglesfraffle!
Sorry I missed it.
I love Kirk's anguished face in the lost tavern picture.
reasie
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
oo aaah pretty farmhouse.

Aww baby shnakes!

and neet event photos. Everyone looks very spiffy!
chartreusekitty
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
I love your farm! Makes me wish I lived somewhere other than Los Angeles. The one patch of green that we had (about 10 sq. ft.) was lost a little while ago. Sigh...
perilousknits
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Seeing these pics makes me sad that Texas's Trained Bandes group fell apart. But happy that Gardiner's has kept going.

I'm so glad ya'll managed to salvage the mural over the tavern fireplace. I worried about that -- I did -- when the old farmhouse came down I thought, "The mural! Save the mural." Of course, I was reading the archives, so it was too late then for me to write a "save the mural" comment.

Now I want the "ruins" of an old tavern in my yard.

attack_laurel
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
I am always amused by everyone's reaction to the mural - it was a goofy painting I did in a couple of days, and not a very good one (it didn't have to be - Elizabethan wall paintings were frequently very amateurish).

Eventually, it will deteriorate, and when we re-build the tavern (in the woods), I'll paint a new one. :)
stringmonkey
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Once again for the record, THE GARAGE BATHROOM ROCKS!!!

Thanks so much for hosting a lovely weekend. My apologies for being so stressy and out of sorts.
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