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by KezT
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

Re: When it's REALLY hot!

ah well, I made it through the weekend :D TBH, the problem was that I had only adapted my wool dress for breastfeeding, which is my own fault - I thought we would have another summer like the last two :roll: I let the younger kids run around in just breaches - I'm sure they would've run around naked...
by KezT
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Company of Chivalry (1370)
Replies: 5
Views: 4003

Re: The Company of Chivalry (1370)

I remember fighting alongside you chaps at Caerlaverock several years ago and being mightily impressed with your kit standards. we do our best :P Actually, although it was always important to us to get the kit right, we've tightened up A LOT on standards since then, and our new authentiofficer has ...
by KezT
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

When it's REALLY hot!

What do all the mediaeval ladies do? Do you still wear your full length, long armed, tight fitting wool/linen underdress, overdress and surcoat? Or do you adapt? the boys get to wander around in just their breeches, or maybe shirt & breeches (unless they're very posh) but I get told off if I sho...
by KezT
Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Company of Chivalry (1370)
Replies: 5
Views: 4003

Re: The Company of Chivalry (1370)

I feel I should point out that we are employed by CADW as their trained seige engine crew and get to play with the full size seige engines at Caerphilly Castle fairly regularly - which is fun :D Not many groups get to do that. :thumbup: 8-) Obviously, all seige engine displays are combined with full...
by KezT
Tue May 06, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Plants (14th Century)
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

oh, perhaps I should say she is in Norfolk, so local to there:-)
by KezT
Tue May 06, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Plants (14th Century)
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Plants (14th Century)

I have been contacted by someone re-planting a (large) church garden, who wants to put in all authentic plants, with a little blurb about what is there for the visitors. Sounds good to me - but I'm no expert on what plants she should use. Can anyone help out. She wants them to fall mostly into three...
by KezT
Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Feeling extremely pleased with myself...
Replies: 16
Views: 2963

Those nice History Alive people sell them. Thank you your lordship :lol: Quite cheap too - although I have to admit they are not wonderfully made, and ours needed re-cooping (cooking blow-torch to heat up the metal bands and a light tap down the churn a cm or two, then cool) plus to be on the safe s...
by KezT
Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Feeling extremely pleased with myself...
Replies: 16
Views: 2963

I make butter on site most weekends (unless it is very hot - not often!). well, tbh, I sit and watch while numerous MOP kids make the butter for me:-) Although a grown up's muscles are needed for the heavy bit at the end. and all the washing seems to be up to me too. i have a churn just like my avat...
by KezT
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6683

We are. Obviously! :twisted: :lol: :roll:
by KezT
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The other underwear
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

thanks Annis. it seems that binding is my best bet then :( I missed that post when it was up - I wonder why?

TBH, I ws going to try binding this year when I am fighting anyway, so at least it means I won't have to change my undies when going from male to female & vice versa :twisted: :lol:
by KezT
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The other underwear
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

Thanks for the medieval porn Zachos :lol: I have seen most of those before, but the argument on whether and what was worn has been done to death elsewhere. personally i have made myself some short brais and think that women would have worn something -for comfort and practicality reasons, never mind ...
by KezT
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The other underwear
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

The other underwear

Lets forget about what girlies wore under their dresses and between their legs for a while, and muse on the other underwear - up top :) What date did women start lifting and shifting? And how? Boning was obviously around by tudor times, but was there anything before that? As an older lady of size :s...
by KezT
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4553

True - but there is always the one person/family at any event who keep you on your toes asking thoughtful and suitable questions. You will probably discover they are actully another re-enactor in disguise, or maybe an archeologist But I have been asked some very good questions in my time - to balanc...
by KezT
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4553

apart from the "did they have children then?" "is it real?" and "how do you turn the baby off?" (I wish i knew!) I have mostly been asked about what they wore, where, when and how they worked/played, and when they got a proper job/married/had babies of their own. Oh, an...
by KezT
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Keeping stuff cold
Replies: 23
Views: 5196

, in the modern world the hidden fridge is a necessity Depends if you are feeding the ravening hoards or just yourself:-) I never bothered with fridge type things for feeding myself and my family - all three kids have managed to survive battlefield food all summer since birth. meat dosn't keep much...
by KezT
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Stonewall Jackson
Replies: 13
Views: 2871

Funny looking viking :lol:
by KezT
Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 6747

Eleanor of aquitaine 's birth and death dates are`pretty certain so if you're looking for definite old age.....

Christopher Dyer is a lovely chap who is happy to answer emailed questions on stuff in his books - well he did for me :lol:
by KezT
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 14577

Even digging a shallow trench around your tent stops the rain water from flowing through it.


Not sure what EH would say about THAT idea :twisted:

Which sums up one of the many problems of re-enacting authentically!
by KezT
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 14577

we have been known to put a couple of our old sheepskins on the floor - I know that aufentikly I should use hay/straw (we do lots in Wales - too wet to have just grass!) but I do not have space to lug hay bales around everywhere, nor do I have easy access to hay! Old sheepskins cover up the occasion...
by KezT
Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: off the peg early medival kit
Replies: 8
Views: 1742

Sally Green does 14th century onwards - and will usually do other stuff if yo have a specific request and there is a demand for it as I remember

http://www.sallygreen.co.uk/
by KezT
Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: off the peg early medival kit
Replies: 8
Views: 1742

we bought a cuple of tunic off Historic Enterprises a few years back. Got stung for a forutne in import tax, almost doubling the price!
by KezT
Thu May 24, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alternative to water in LH camps
Replies: 64
Views: 12877

we comes from the west countrey and we can drink zider... Watered apple juice is very refreshing, and good for both adults and children. If you search for the right coloured one, it looks kind of beer like, or you can always claim it's a umber year for apples, so you're drinking cider. We know some ...
by KezT
Wed May 23, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooded cloaks
Replies: 20
Views: 3126

sorry - we do late 14th English. The pictures still show fairly large expances of uncovered chest! The problem is that dresses were fairly low cut (and wide necked). A spararte hood does cover this area, but if you then add a cloak on top I find it pulls the hood into a very uncomfortable position o...
by KezT
Wed May 23, 2007 12:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooded cloaks
Replies: 20
Views: 3126

it's about more about fashion than warmth It does seem that way in the pictures. But I want to wear a cloak to keep me warm in the freezing, windy, wet, British summer weather :lol: I'm sure they must have worn something over their indoor clothes when travelling - or even just doing outdoor work in...
by KezT
Tue May 22, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooded cloaks
Replies: 20
Views: 3126

Thanks guys, Ther are some really interesting links there :) As Handbag rightly pointed out, I do need English sources, and they do need to be near enough to the second half of the 14th century to count as evidence for my group - but everything is useful research :lol: but Thomas's cloak opens on th...
by KezT
Thu May 17, 2007 7:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooded cloaks
Replies: 20
Views: 3126

It's a myth that hoods and cloaks were separate items Have you got any good primary source evidence for hooded cloaks though? My group specifically requires three primay sources - although they're currently not accepting eithr of these two :roll: I find I head scarf and wimple, plus cloak, plus hoo...
by KezT
Wed May 16, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooded cloaks
Replies: 20
Views: 3126

Hooded cloaks

OK, traditional wisdom says that cloaks and hoods were seperate items of clothing (I'm talking medieveal here). Everyone knows that traders delight in selling hooded cloaks of the hobbit/elf variety :) So can anyone comment on these? :shock: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/medieval/jpegs...
by KezT
Tue May 15, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 1835

sometimes you can unravel a thread from the cut edge and sew with that What a clever idea - I feel rather embarresed that I never thought of that :oops: I have the right colours - as I mostky use cotton for the internal seams anyway. I used the wrong colour by accident and it started me thinking......
by KezT
Mon May 14, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 1835

Thread

so here I am happily sewing summer kit for the my boy - newly made a page, and so stuck with his household colours, and I use the wrong colour thread for th linen :roll: Then I wondered - did they use coloured thread at all? most of my linen thread is white or grey, but I've been known to cheat and ...
by KezT
Fri May 11, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: So what did they wear underneath?
Replies: 30
Views: 4165

As mentioed - i am hopelessly disorganised, and don't kep track of these things :roll:

I have exams next week, so no time to search out the references right now, but I'll try to remember to do so after they are done.

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