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by 40/- freeholder
Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: The Greedy Queen
Replies: 0
Views: 303

The Greedy Queen

Eating with Victoria.
Dr Annie Gray is currently doing promotional talks for this forthcoming book. I went to one and she is a very good and entertaining speaker. Worth seeing if she comes to your area, or listening to if she's on radio.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking outfit
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: Viking outfit

Did you get sorted at the Jorvik markets? Queues were horrendous to get in but there was excellent kit on sale. I would have liked a closer look at the repro Viborg shirt, for example, but there were too many people in the way.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen needed.
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: Linen needed.

There's always Ikea for heavy weight linen.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: No Comments, very disappointing.
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: No Comments, very disappointing.

If it's an interesting read, there is no need for a reply. It looks like your posts are of interest to a lot of viewers, irrespective of responses. I come here to read & be informed rather than write.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Re-enactors Wanted
Topic: Falconry, Music, Story-tellers
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Falconry, Music, Story-tellers

I'm in Co. Durham, usual spinning, chicken plucking, friendly mule etc. Out of interest, how is the current housing restriction for poultry affecting falconers? It looks like the housing requirement may extend beyond end Feb, hence I'm chary of offering baby chick option. Contact form on http://www....
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: How often do you want us to visit?
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: How often do you want us to visit?

I visit most days but there is rarely a topic that I can make a useful contribution to, so I don't log in.
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: River Tees Viking Helmet?
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Re: River Tees Viking Helmet?

Has anyone made a repro of this helmet? I could be interested in a child size one for Viking school visits, as it's a regional find.
I understand it's currently undergoing conservation work, so not on display.
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking outfit
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: Viking outfit

The markets at Jorvik Viking Festival, held in February half term in York. Details on Jorvik Viking Centre website.
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: New member - medieval music
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: New member - medieval music

Welcome! Whereabouts in the country are you based?
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: North East Groups?
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: North East Groups?

Might be worth your while going to the re-enactors fair at Brancepeth Castle at the end of October to meet other interested parties. I'm just myself these days, and mostly do talks rather than full living history displays. Locally, there's Regia's Sancte Cuthbert's Land and the Vike's Dunholm group ...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Sold 17th century style shoes size 6
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: For Sale 17th century style shoes size 6

I'd like these, will confirm by PM.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century, female dress question.
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: 15th century, female dress question.

I don't know about C15th upper class dress but C16th working women wore black partlets, see Bruegel, Aertsen, Beukelaar etc paintings. In your middle picture, the lady on the right has the white chemise showing, whereas the other two ladies have the black garment covering the chemise, which suggests...
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dark Age waist bags
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: Dark Age waist bags

I've made one using a commercial bamboo ring, since it is totally covered over, so I would expect willow to work too.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Re-enactors Wanted
Topic: mule hire wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: mule hire wanted

The same request was posted in the Buy & Sell section, where I replied. Despite the apparent necessity of a swift response, there has been no further contact from the original author. Maybe he has found mule/s elsewhere.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Mule hire
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Mule hire

Frances mule would certainly be interested. Happy to discuss further, either PM here or email via the contact form on the website link kindly posted by Phil. I'm in Co. Durham, about 20 miles from Corbridge.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Advice needed: H&S and Displaying wool
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Advice needed: H&S and Displaying wool

Part of this concern is a hangover from the days when we were legally obliged to dip our sheep in OP sheep dip. A warm room full of such unwashed fleeces was certainly a health hazard, quite apart from the actual dipping process. Few flocks still use full immersive dip and the active chemicals are n...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Shame about the shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 1400

Re: Shame about the shoes

I hope to go in kit next year, with a friend & her 8 year old son who were inspired by this year's event. I will be wearing modern shoes as the last time I wore period shoes in York I lost my footing and went down hard on the modern smooth surface. I'm at the stage where I can't risk broken neck...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Shame about the shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 1400

Re: Shame about the shoes

The incentive to go to Jorvik Viking Festival in kit is the discount admittance to the markets. In that respect, the organisers are gently encouraging such participation.
by 40/- freeholder
Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: The Spa Rout - March 12th - Leamington Spa

Does anyone ever organise events like this at Harrogate?
Would love to go to something like this, or a Regency Ball, but Bath and RLS are too far away.
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Campfire talk forum
Replies: 3
Views: 845

Re: Campfire talk forum

Thanks. It seems to have re-appeared. I was getting a 404 not found error message.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Campfire talk forum
Replies: 3
Views: 845

Campfire talk forum

It appears to have vanished from the ether. Has it died through lack of interest? Is there a formal obituary anywhere?
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medlars
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Re: Medlars

Medlar jelly is divine & period. Be sure to let the medlars blett first to get the most juice & flavour.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?

There's some extant male C17th garments from bogs in north of Scotland. On display in Edinburgh & published in PSAS by Audrey Henshaw, I think. (File not immediately to hand). They were not wearing kilts, only a plaid over a normal jacket & breeches. The Reconstructing History website used t...
by 40/- freeholder
Sun May 31, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Iron Age pots
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Re: Iron Age pots

Have you had a look at any of the work Ian Hodder did with indigenous potters in Africa? A lot of such ethnic wares are very similar to prehistoric European pottery so might be worth investigating their techniques.
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: How old could a story be?
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: How old could a story be?

The end of the last Ice Age might be a possibility but that was 10-12,000 years ago. Post-glacial, your 2 peoples could be indigenous epipalaeolithic/Mesolithic dark skinned blue eyed hunter gatherers, now extinct, and the incoming near eastern farmers, us. The cow in the story suggests a domesticat...
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: linen webbing for girths/surcingales
Replies: 6
Views: 836

Re: linen webbing for girths/surcingales

I would avoid linen, it stretches when dry and shrinks when wet. Look at ethnographic horse, mule/donkey and camel accoutrements. Lots of wool, particularly split ply braid. Tablet weave probably good too.
by 40/- freeholder
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: clasp arm gearing
Replies: 1
Views: 683

Re: clasp arm gearing

To answer my own question, in case anyone else is interested:
Martin Biddle, 2000. King Arthur's Round Table: An archaeological investigation. Boydell Press.
Out of curiosity, does anyone re-enact grain milling other than by hand quern?
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What job would you have done medieval times?
Replies: 8
Views: 1261

Re: What job would you have done medieval times?

I got warrior! Not my scene at all.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4586

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Another addition to the list, leaf 39 of the Maciejowski Bible, where cattle are being sacrificed.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Yes, I agree there could be variance in mills. There was not the opportunity for them to mention that of the 5000+ water mills in Domesday book, a lot in the north would have been horizontal rather than vertical wheels. As to querns, it was a treasured privilege of the Newcastle upon Tyne burgesses ...

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