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by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Candles
Replies: 2
Views: 1346

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: 1137

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: 3915

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: 43
Views: 13084

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: 1095

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: 4043

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: 24
Views: 6864

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: 1147

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: 2529

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: 3459

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: 24
Views: 6864

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: 2715

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: 914

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: 2510

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: 2715

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: 1346

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: 24
Views: 6864

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: 5532

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...
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help me clothe my Saxon family please!
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Re: Help me clothe my Saxon family please!

Hello How did you get on with making your Saxon costume? I know it's the dark ages but I feel I shouldn't be this much in the dark! Is it allowed to buy commercial fabric from an ordinary shop? Is that what you did? I've had a look at the Reglia BRit stuff and it looks pretty straightforward, I just...
by FionaDowson
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tarot
Replies: 7
Views: 2666

Tarot

Has anyone ever seen a tarot reader at a living history event? There really isn't much known about the history of tarot but it's a fair guess that there were fortune tellers at fairs I thought I could present myself as a kind of Hilta Goatfinder in Equal Rites Experience of working events is that ta...
by FionaDowson
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Do you pay tax
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: Do you pay tax

I'm intrigued by the idea of being paid to demonstrate anything. I just seem to get people asking me read runes or demonstrate spinning to raise money for their charity. I happily teach brownies etc to knit with (obviously) no charge but I do feel let down when people ask me to do my day job (divina...
by FionaDowson
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nalbinding
Replies: 4
Views: 1435

Re: Nalbinding

That really begs the question of how old knitting is. The usual argument is that knitting superseded nalbinding because it's quicker. I have read that there is evidence of knitting in Ancient Egypt but have yet to find a reference for this, or a definition of what constitutes knitting. If an archeol...
by FionaDowson
Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: NLHF
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Re: NLHF

Excuse the ignorance but what is NLHF? So far I've only traded through etsy, having given up on ebay. Do people find that actual events work better? With my tarot (my day job) I've found that working at events is great fun and a brilliant way of meeting people but not necessarily very lucrative. Fio...

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