We've had a super busy year reenacting and keeping life in order. Robby is now starting year 13 of high school. He started a co-op last fall, which he dropped, and was left 2 credits short for graduation. Not a big deal as he was planning to do an extra year anyway. He just turned 18, and is still looking for what he wants to do when he finishes school this June. Katie finished at Fanshawe last December, and has been working at a local Subway. John is enjoying his time at St. John's, and his German is slowly improving. Many of the ladies are working with him, and there's a lot of laughing over the words. I haven't even tried, I'm doing good to speak English. I've been lucky with health issues - so that's a good thing. I did get my first job in 20+ years. I was hired by Molly Maid (a Canadian version of Merry Maid) and stayed with them for a month. The work wasn't hard, but there were a lot of management issues with a new owner who didn't have any business experience. I did however, land a part-time job at Tim Horton's near my house. It's a 3 min drive or a 15 min walk. I love the commute!
I spent most of the winter sewing garb for the upcoming reenacting season. Since this is the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812, we're looking forward to some busy years. Our medieval/renaissance group, the SCA, holds event year round. Many of our events are indoors, and since they are not usually open to the public, the need for true accuracy is up to the individual. It also depends on the period and part of the world that each person has chosen and the amount of information that is available. For example - take our family. John has been a late 1500s celt, but is starting to research a 450s Roman infantryman. I've been taking the role of a 1509 Scottish lowland/border woman. I wear whatever was popular in England with some generic plaids for accent pieces (Tartan patterns didn't come in until the early 1700s) Katie is a 1550 Japanese girl who had been sold into slavery and was "bought" by Portuguese sailors and brought to the west. Robby is a Spanish sailor from about 1580. For us, research is relatively easy, as compared to some of our friends who portray early norse or saxons.
As part of activities, we try to learn about life in our chosen time period. For Katie, Robby, and I, we have been able to learn renaissance era fencing. Katie and Robby are quite good, and I'm just started the study last spring. We also do various sewing and types of arts.
We do have occasion to go into schools and give presentations. John and I joined some of our friends last June (Katie was working and Robby was getting ready for finals).
Here's a couple of pictures:
|John had a display of swords of different sizes and time periods. Here he is demonstration how to swing a two-handed bastard swords. (We have a large selection of weapons, none of which are sharpened.)|
|We were waiting for an introduction. My dress is a 1500 coathardie (or kirtle), a ladies working dress. It has a 300 inch hem. The things hanging from my belt show membership in different groups, or awards.|
|This is Robby and Katie fencing at one of our camping events. And yes, I made everything we're wearing.|
So here's some more pictures:
Our first event of the year was near home at Longwood Conservation area, about 20 min. from home. We day-tripped on Saturday, slept at home, and went back Sunday.
|This is our day camp. The tent is a wedge with two doors, allowing us flexibility. The tables and stools are based on period furniture. The only change is the flooring. It had been raining and it kept our feet out of the water and mud.|
From there we did our annual August run. John, Robby, and I took part in a one-day event at a historic church in St. Thomas. We set up a camp and talked to folks, especially the kids. Robby got to shoot his musket about once an hour or so for the crowd.
We did our annual Fort Erie this next weekend. We had been given a canvas wall tent, so we have a full kitchen area. Not only were the 4 of us (and Pooka) there, but we hosted most of the rest of the American forces over the weekend.
|Katie, John, Robby and our friend Paul. Paul created the "sofa" from hay bales.|
|General Brock (a quest), Royal Scots, Americans (Robby, Andy, John) saluting the arrival of the St. Lawrence II. Saturday, the forces were doubled.|