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A&S 50 Challenge List

I'm participating in the A&S 50 Challenge, and intend to try out 50 different things in the arts and sciences by AS50 (2015). Information on the challenge can be found here: www.artsandsciences50.org/index.html. As I'm new to the SCA, most of the items on my list are likely to be quite small, but it seems like a good way to get involved and attempt lots of different projects!

My list thus far:

- Document and submit my name to the heralds - COMPLETE
- Design and submit a heraldic device - IN PROGRESS
- Learn heraldic jargon
- Have an in-persona conversation with someone at an event - COMPLETE
- Write a short persona biography
- Research prices of regular household items in the 13th century
- Research and write an article about the Cathars
- Research period folk tales
- Have a piece published in a regional magazine
- Learn Gothic calligraphy - IN PROGRESS
- Write a letter in-persona (and send it!)
- Make a scroll
- Cook a dish from an authentic (redacted) period recipe
- Grow some herbs and use them in my period cookery - IN PROGRESS
- Make a cordial
- Cook a dish for a potluck feast
- Volunteer in the kitchens at an event - COMPLETE
- Volunteer as a waterbearer at a fighting event
- Learn a period dance - COMPLETE
- Learn a period song by heart - IN PROGRESS
- Sing a song at a bardic circle
- Write a song or poem suitable for bardic circle
- Learn to use a drop spindle
- Wear something I have sewn myself
- Attend court - COMPLETE
- Make Castile soap
- Embroider a handkerchief
- Try tablet weaving
- Make a banner

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Looking forward to Winchester

Just a quick entry today. I've been working on getting things together for the Winchester Pilgrimage at the end of the month. I should have most of my feast gear by then, and hopefully will be bringing a copy of both the Canterbury Tales and extracts from the Vulgate Cycle - a translation of a 13th century French Arthurian saga. I love all the modern tales of King Arthur I've come across (including Monty Python!) but I've never read anything further back. This should be interesting - and I might have to look into Malory's version in a while, too.

After I get my calligraphy books. And embroidery supplies. And sort out some proper garb. All of that's going to take a while - I should probably set aside an SCA budget or something so I don't let my enthusiasm run rampant and unchecked over my finances!

I did save a bit, though, thanks to my dad, who managed to adapt a foot pump to fit an air bed we already had, with a few spare parts and lots of tape! It's a bit squeaky, but perfectly functional, so now I won't have to spend anything on sleeping gear.

I'm going to try hair taping, since it reportedly stays in and relatively neat for days. My indestructible sock bun does that, but it's not remotely period, unfortunately. Taping looks relatively simple, though, since all I need is some ribbon and a yarn needle. I know it's Italian Renaissance, but given the temporal dissonance of the garb that is basically 'mediaeval-ish stuff from my wardrobe' that's not really an issue at present!


I got my SCA membership card through the post yesterday. It's a nice shade of blue and has both my names on it, which I rather like. I have also finished my documentation and sent it off to be processed. I'm fairly sure there won't be any problems, since I traced my byname (through several steps) back to a primary source, and I know I'm not the only Annora in the Laurel Kingdoms!

Designing a device has proved a little trickier, but with the help of the good people at sca_heralds I've come up with something I like: Azure, a chevron cotised above a lozenge argent. I'm still trying to work out the right  proportions for the lozenge and chevron - something simple, that I can easily replicate at various sizes.

I didn't quite realize how much I'd learnt about heraldry just through researching this device until my dad saw me working on it, asked what I was doing and then made lots of suggestions. While his devices looked rather nice, lots of them used non-period charges, didn't observe the metal/colour contrast rule, and/or were just too busy, incorporating too many elements to look right. I tried to explain why I couldn't use them, and that's when I figured out just how much information I'd retained from my reading!

I don't plan on registering the device for a while, until I'm happy with dimensions and proportions and confident that I can make a copy for the records (in felt-tip, ack!) that looks the way I want it to. I'm rather pleased with my progress so far, though.


So, I met up with some people from Thamesreach for the first time on Saturday, which was lovely. We looked in the textiles section of the Victoria and Albert museum, and I found myself particularly fascinated by the embriodery section! I took plenty of pictures, and also learnt quite a lot - including the fact that the earliest example of a sampler is from 1598, just within period! Might be something else to add to the to-do list at some point.

Afterwards we headed to a nearby pub, and everyone was very patient with my newbie questions, particularly Genevieve, who discussed starting out in calligraphy with me. After doing a little more background reading, it turns out that most of the information I found previously on the Internet was either too modern to be of use, or completely wrong, which just goes to prove tht not all sources can be trusted! I'm on the right track now, though, and hope to purchase some supplies and a couple of introductory books in a few weeks.

I've also enjoyed learning a few songs. I have a singing voice that would perhaps be described as average, if one was being kind, but I do enjoy singing. 21st-century me might feel self-conscious about it, but songs were such a big part of entertainment in period that my 13th-century alter ego would be unlikely to. I'll never make any claims towards being a bard, but I'm not that averse to taking a turn in circle.

I've learnt thus far:

Faran Flad's version of 'Death and the Lady' which is a modern version of a ballad dated 1880-1900.
'Savage Daughter' which is an SCA-origin song that I found on YouTube and love.
'This Ay Nicht,' a modern variation on the Lyke-Wake Dirge which is documented to 1616.
'The Three Ravens' - which is period! - but I need to work on it quite a bit more before I'll be happy to mark it complete on the list.

I've cooked 'Apple Muse' from the Gode Cookery site, but made a few substitutions so that I could use ingredients I already had on hand. I did the same with a carrot and parsnip pottage - all period ingredients, and certainly a plausible dish, but not a documented one. I'm also trying to grow mint in my garden, and it seems to be thriving. It's good for cooking with, and the leaves are also nice to chew.


Annora Cavel

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