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by FionaDowson
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Buying from abattoirs
Replies: 0
Views: 867

Buying from abattoirs

Very helpful reply from the people I asked about the regulations re buying from abattoirs. Thought this might be of use to anyone wishing to buy skin, bone or horn. There is a derogation, which allows you to use animal by-products (ABP) for educational purposes, without the need to register under th...
by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking
Replies: 1
Views: 850

Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking

There are bits on re-enactors websites stating that the Saxons used herbs like thyme and burdock in cooking. Does anyone have a reference for this or any ideas as to what they used for flavouring pottage or did they just eat a plain stew and were grateful for it?
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Lamps
Replies: 2
Views: 1156

Lamps

Did the vikings use lamps?

There's a bit on Time Team series 10 epsidoe 4 where Phil Harding carves a soapstone lamp which looks very much like southern European lamps. Would the vikings (this was in the north of Scotland) have lamps and if so what did they use for oil? Whale oil?
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: weaving/loom
Replies: 19
Views: 6332

Re: weaving/loom

There's a bit about soapstone Viking loom weights which may have also been used as fishing weights (bet that was grounds for divorce!) on the Time Team programme giant's grave series 10 episode 4. There's no clay on Scottish islands apparently so they carved soapstone for bowls, pots, weight, lamps ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 6724

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

There's a company trading on etsy as weeping goat who sell leather tablets. No idea if there's any evidence for these. They're thicker than wooden ones but seem to grip the warp better if you're tablet weaving vertically using one loom weight nalbinding needles are fairly easy to make yourself just ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Antler comb
Replies: 6
Views: 1439

Antler comb

Channel 4 on demand, Time Team, series 5, episode 3 - interesting snip about how to make a comb from antler
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.

Found it - Channel 4 on demand, series 11 episode 4, Saxon burials on the ridge
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon shield
Replies: 9
Views: 3785

Re: saxon shield

Channel 4 on demand, Time Team, series 11 epsiode 4, Saxon burials on the ridge

Also explains how to make glue from milk, beer and wood ash lye
by FionaDowson
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: white carrots!
Replies: 41
Views: 12395

Re: white carrots!

There's a company called Real Seeds who sell white and purple carrot seeds Apparently you can dry carrots by putting them in a very low (as low as it will go) oven for between six and eight hours on a rack with the carrots not touching each other. I suspect this only preserves them for a few months ...
by FionaDowson
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anglo-Saxon spelt flour bread
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Anglo-Saxon spelt flour bread

http://www.rosieandglenn.co.uk/TheLibrary/Information/Food/Bread.htm Has anyone tried making authentic bread like this? If so, has anyone done the whole thing and tried to capture yeast, as Ruth Goodman managed to do in the Tudor Monastery series? I wondered if they did just leave flour outside to a...
by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.

Does anyone know which episode of Time Team they showed people making shields and if so is it on you tube? I think it was around 2004. They even made authentic glue from gone off milk
by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Candles
Replies: 2
Views: 1304

Re: Candles

Has anyone tried making candles from suet? How to suggested it takes 6 hours to melt suet to the required runniness.... Experiments with lard haven't gone very well
by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Learning History
Replies: 1
Views: 1058

Re: Learning History

Threre are things called MOOC courses which are free - type in mooc and see what you come up with Personally I just cheat and watch stuff on you tube - most old BBC programmes seem to be on there. For dark ages type in Michael Wood. There's also a very good Terry Jones series. The difficulty I find ...
by FionaDowson
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheesemaking?
Replies: 8
Views: 3789

Re: Cheesemaking?

So, does anyone know anything about early Saxon cheesemaking? There were more goat/sheep bones found at West Stow than pig so presumably they must have made cheese.
Does anyone think Anne Hagen's book is worth buying? It seems to be the only one written about Anglo Saxon food
by FionaDowson
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: white carrots!
Replies: 41
Views: 12395

Re: white carrots!

Seeds for white and purple carrots are available from a company called Real Seeds. They're grown in the garden at West Stow Saxon village but not together or they hybridise and you end up with orange carrots. I gather it's easy to seed save
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Glue
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Glue

Can't find the episode of Time Team with people making glue from curdled milk. There are bits on You Tube with people using soda - could wood ash be substituted? Has anyone tried doing this? Does it make a difference if you use goat milk or cow milk? Viking answer lady suggests glue was used to rein...
by FionaDowson
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 3886

Re: Saxon Surgery

Not Saxon but wars of the roses, wasn't there a Ch 4 programme on meet the ancestors about evidence from Towton (or however it's spelt) about some pretty sophisticated battlefield surgery? SKeleton of a mercenary found with leather binding a ten year old wound of a broken jaw. People were amazed thi...
by FionaDowson
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 22
Views: 6320

Re: learning anglo saxon.

I found this recently - www.tha-engliscan-gesithas.org.uk

ALso found a you tube video - os anglo saxoes documentario - English with Italian subtitles so you can teach yourself Italian while learning about early Saxon England.
by FionaDowson
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cheating with air drying clay
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Cheating with air drying clay

Granted that firing clay on a bonfire seems to be a hit and miss affair and requires a large garden, has anyone ever made Saxon style pottery using air drying clay? I found a short video on you tube of someone making Saxon style coil pots and thought it looked fairly easy. Then again, thing always d...
by FionaDowson
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 2278

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Has anyone tried growing dye herbs, madder, woad etc

Shall I make the joke about growing madder now, just to get it over with? It's a safe bet we all are :lol:
by FionaDowson
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: anglo-saxon sun hat?
Replies: 8
Views: 3218

Re: anglo-saxon sun hat?

Odin/Woden is usually depicted wearing a hat with a brim, supposedly to cover up his lack of an eye, so they must have had hats with brims
by FionaDowson
Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 22
Views: 6320

Re: learning anglo saxon.

There are some helpful phrases on You Tube if you type in learn anglo-saxon English
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: bee skeps
Replies: 8
Views: 2554

Re: bee skeps

Thanks for that There are skep making courses running at Weald and Downland (of Tudor Monastery Farm fame) Had a look at my national hive yesterday - there's something like half a dozen frames of honey in the super (sigh). Severe lack of clover in central Norwich methinks!!! I have a cunning plan to...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Kelmarsh?
Replies: 1
Views: 822

Kelmarsh?

Does anyone have any advice for a fledgling trader? Is it worth working at the big events like Kelmarsh? I'm planning to trade nalbinded things and, in the longer term, bee skeps and weaving looms.

What do people do about PLI?
by FionaDowson
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Nine Mens Morris
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Nine Mens Morris

Does anyone have any provenance for how far back this goes?

Has anyone played it?

How easy is it make a board? What do you use for pieces?

Can I do this at Saxon events?

Fiona
by FionaDowson
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: bee skeps
Replies: 8
Views: 2554

bee skeps

Does anyone know of references to wicker bee skeps before 650? Bit specific but I've just started re-enacting at West Stowe which has specific dates - 430 to 650. Is this too early for straw bee skeps? I'm aiming to learn to make straw skeps - found a reference on the net of a chap who runs workshop...
by FionaDowson
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Candles
Replies: 2
Views: 1304

Candles

Does anyone know anything about candle making in the dark ages? I harvested wax from my bees recently for prepping top bar hives and it's amazing how little wax you get Were candles mainly fat? What did they use for wick as they didn't have cotton? Has anyone ever made candles using mullein or rush ...
by FionaDowson
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 22
Views: 6320

Re: learning anglo saxon.

Has anyone ever tried the English Companions course?
by FionaDowson
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 5030

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

Dave Mallinson has produced some useful books with a CD - http://www.mally.com - of English folk tunes of unknown origin. Ancient Music make dark ages period instruments including a deer bone whistle. Of-course, there's always the English Folk Dance and Song Society Whistles are fun, once you get th...

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