Here is a drawing of a cute blond lad in striped hose.
Until next time
I have been doing more decorations on my tent roof.
I have previously painted the dagging and have now completed the arcading and decoration of the spoke holes and storm-guy spacer.
Here are some pictures of the arcading. I will post pictures of how it looks with the tent up after the next event.
I chose blue for the arcading, as the tent came with a blue finial knob.t
Until next time
A few weeks ago I went to my first post-lockdown re-enactment.
Teddy volunteered to cover my visits to my father and I made sure that I had done a quick covid test( which came out negative)
I packed the car on Friday morning and drove down to the site (Just beyond Salisbury) after lunch.
The event had moved since the last time I had been and was a lot easier to get to.
Once I got there, however, I had to follow the magical mystery tour getting on site and wait until they could form a convoy led by a guide ( who should really have been issued with a red flag).
We then had to empty our cars and form another convoy to the car park, so I had no opportunity to leave modern packing boxes, golf bags etc in the car and, as the carpark was some distance away, it was not practical to take them there after set up.
Consequently, I had after the tent set up so all these extra bits were concealed.
I had come up with a quicker way to rig the yellow curtains by threading and fixing them on to a rope that could then be hung from the cartwheel and tent sides using 'S' hooks. This worked very well.
I then threaded the rings of the purple curtains directly onto the cartwheel spokes.
Here is a picture of the campsite with all my flags flying, which I took on Sunday morning.
Saturday started out looking like perfect re-enactment weather, as it was sunny , but cloudy.
Unfortunately, it soon became clear that it was quite hot and very humid.
Luckily, the organisers had not arranged for any battles or tourneys and, despite the fact we had had to put only a modest fight area to the rear of our encampment ( and this was on quite a slope) , we each spent some time there training in jacks, helms and gauntlets.
I then did an Arming of the Knight in the afternoon ( with young Rupert squiring) and did a circuit of the site in full plate. It was hot and humid enough for me to be quite glad to disarm once I got back.
Here are some more pictures of the encampment,
I set up my awning next to my tent and sang mass under it on Sunday morning.
I have just completed a new calligraphy commission.
The brief was for the quotation and a border with lots of weapons and a small Hawkwood shield.
It turned out a bit more colourful than previous ones and I used acrylic gold for the background, as that much leaf would have pushed the price up quite a lot...
A few years ago, for various reasons, my husband stopped coming to re-enactments with me.
Consequently, I bought a smaller tent and soon found that a camp bed took up rather a lot of it.
My husband said he'd look into the problem.
My next birthday gift was a Boer War officer's bed. This is canvas stretched on a concertinaing wooden frame, which meant I could fold the bed up during the day to increase space in the tent.
Unfortunately, the canvas was not in good shape and soon began to show signs of strain where it was attached to the frame. I spent some time ( and some experimenting ) fixing this and it it is now serving me well.
A biproduct of this was a long piece of canvas with eyelets all round it, but with raw edges where a failed wire strengthener had been removed.
I decided I would find a use for it.
When I closed the front of the tent( as I sometimes have to do during an event) It is sometimes a bit of a faff to have to fully lace it closed. I therefore decided to rig a privacy screen that could be rolled up and suspended on the inside of the door.
I cut off the eyelets on the two long sides of the canvas and bound all the edges with twill tape.
Then I added two ring eyes to the end of a piece of dowel and bound it to the base as a weight and to aid in rolling it up.
I, of course ,decorated it appropriately.
When rolled it looks like this(the strings are for attaching it to the cartwheel spokes of the tent)
When unrolled it will look like this from outside the tent.
Hopefully, the Latin script I have painted will be visible through the inverted V of the tent door.