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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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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. =)
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Once you've been invited, you're always invited. :)
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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::
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
If I had something that wasn't lame and farby, could I come to the next one?

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.
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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.
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
You guys all look great...and the house looks awesome too!
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.
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.

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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.
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.
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Oct. 21st, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Looks like fun for everyone there.
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!
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed it.
I love Kirk's anguished face in the lost tavern picture.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
oo aaah pretty farmhouse.

Aww baby shnakes!

and neet event photos. Everyone looks very spiffy!
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...
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.

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. :)
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