Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Some Shopping (Castle Wars)
Some Horses (and fighting)
Some Fighting (Castle Wars)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wow the Shire has a new news letter... The Oracle

Many, many thanks go out to Ailire inghean Aodha - Chronicler for a wonderful job!

Monday, December 04, 2006

After many request.... my new ride.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This past weekend many from the Shire of Owl's Nest traveled far to the south to fight in the Castle War. It was a cold and bitter trip, but the warmth of new and old friendships made it a great endeavor.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Tomorrow, our village including the 11 pilgrims are going to rebuild a home for a local family in need of a home. All of us at the Inn are happy to help.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

It has been so busy at the Inn for the last two weeks I have not had a minute to add a single note. Much has happened; a small group of 5 pilgrims has come and gone, a large group of 11 holy pilgrims arrived only a day after, the Inn is now profitable again so I will not have to sell it and look for another location to build an Inn, the rains prevented the shire from raiding the next shire over (many of our brave fighters are even braver when not facing combat), the raid was reorganized for a later date, everyone in our shire are preparing to travel south to lend what aid we can in a castle war, and happily I sold my old folks wagon to buy a new wagon with a removable top. I do love a good trip in the warm sun and wind. My new wagon does not hold as much as my older one, but I no longer have to worry if I will loose a wheel in the mud while on a long caravan.

All and all... A good start to the month.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The air is cold and the village is still, but on Halloween all minds are a fire with what could be.

Let your fires burn brightly for one and all to enjoy.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Back from Hell,

Well this Holiday was not that bad, but paradise it was not. I visited and toured my old Ramada... It has not changed which is both sad and comforting. It is good that things change.

I did miss seeing m'lady Isabella. Our schedules just did not match up this time. My heart is heavy for all my friends and family that remain. ...but it is good to be home.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Holiday Update:

While camping would be a great adventure, my traveling companion requires more refined accommodations than canvas and sticks. It does appear that we will be taking lodging from one of my fellow Innkeeps while in the unclaimed lands to the south.

Friday, October 13, 2006

What does an Innkeep do on holiday? We camp. Next week I will be off to the unclaimed lands to the south for some much needed rest. Camping is the best form of rest. No villagers or pilgrims to task your time. The wild holds only peace and solitude. Yet it is still close enough I may visit friends and family at my will...not theirs.

I so look forward to posting many images upon my return.

The Inn is closed this Week.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Six more days until holiday! The long trip down to the unclaimed lands is not wonderful. The roads are many and varied. The people unclean and uncivilized. HOME is home no matter what is in between.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It is official!

I have received my SCA membership card. And last night we had three Knights at the shires' weekly fighter practice. Good company, good spectacle, good times... what more can you ask for?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Day was well spent, yesterday. With the arrival of a group of three delightful Lady Pilgrims, the Inn sprang to life once more. Chambers to make ready, pantries to stock, and cleaning everywhere. It was very good to be busy, and help occupy my mind with simple task instead of the business of late.

This will be a long, but easy two weeks. With only three at the Inn my task will be easy, but with my journey to the unclaimed lands South of our fair Kingdom to follow the pilgrims departure... the time itself will slow.

It will be good to see old places with a young heart once more. Trips home are often so.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

A most excellent verse! M'lady Isabella, you always seem to know not only what needs to be said, but what needs to be heard. A talent I am most often lacking. These have been dark days at the Inn, and your verse was exactly the words my soul needed to hear. As much as I do love the Inn and all the Pilgrims that pass my hall, I am troubled that a matter as mundane as too little revenue may force this Innkeep to look for another more prosperous Inn. Indeed, there are many Inns in need of my keeping skills. The moving itself is the hard thing...when all is silent.

M'lady, on another subject, may find it amusing that I too was ill this morning and unable to attend the MGT. I am very sad to have missed the event. I will have to wait until Tuesday nights fighters practice to hear about the grand happenings. I have another interest... I think I would like to make a map of our fair Kingdom like this one of our neighbor to the south. What does M'lady think?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Dear Isabella,

I would like to make a scroll of one of your poems for you. As this is my first attempt I do not think it will be very good. Do you have a favorite? I would like to make this as a gift... for you.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Last night I began my journey into scroll illumination. I worked on illuminating a scroll with a lovely vine design around all four sides. It was most enjoyable and the company was wonderfully too. There is much for me to learn about this art.

And Lady Aine ingen Comyn is the most amazing artist I have seen with either the quill or pen. Her calligraphy makes even the words on the page art itself.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Yes the long awaited day has come. I have taken the leap and joined (officially) the SCA. While the College of Heralds have not yet seen my request for name and device, much work on both has already been completed. For these task I owe m'lady Herald Isabella much thanks... and a pavilion. I have not forgotten, m'lady. I am sure there will be much dancing over such tidings as these.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

M'lady Isabella has inquired to what pilgrimage these last pilgrims follow. These are the most faithful of pilgrims. They follow the life of a Carthusian Monk for a few days to purify the body and soul. They follow the same rules as the local house of monks here in Kinardesferi, The priory of Axholme.

Here is a list of there schedule for the first day:

11:30pm Rise - Prayer in Cell This nocturnal prayer in solitude is particularly appreciated by many.
12:15am Matins followed by Lauds In the Chapel. This office last two to three hours depending on the day or the Feast. Lauds of Our Lady In cell. Praise to God with the Virgin Mary. Then back to sleep.

6:30am Rise The time is approximate. To be ready for Prime.
7:00am Prime - Angelus After the Angelus, the time is consecrated to Prayer or Lectio Divina (e.g. prepartion of the Mass readings).

8:00am Conventual Mass In the Chapel.
Thanksgiving - Lectio Divina Lectio Divina is a meditative reading of the Bible. This time can also be used for prayer.

10:00am Terce Approximatively every two hours an Office is recited : Terce is one of them.
Study or Manual Work No manual work before Terce. It can be done morning and afternoon, or all at once.

12:00am Angélus - Sext Recitation of the Office of Sext
Meal- Recreation The time of recreation may be employed freely. reading, working, gardening, or enjoying the sun.....when it shines.

2:00pm None Recitation of the Office of None
Manual Work (1hr) Study The time accorded to each depends on the individual in negociation with his Superior. (Prior or Novice Master)

4:00pm Vespers of Our Lady Praise to God with the Virgin Mary.
4:15pm Vespers In Church
Collation - Reading - Prayer Reading of the Bible, a spiritual writer, or other appropriate material. The collation is a light meal, taken any time between Vespers and Complines.

6:45pm Angélus - Complines Recitation of Complines, the last Office of the day.
7:30pm Bedtime - before 8:00pm

It is indeed a very long day.

Monday, September 18, 2006

My, my today was a long one! The Pilgrims first day is always the most difficult at the Inn. So demanding of your time and energy. It is a well won sleep I shall enjoy tonight. Rest well!
This Morning I go to greet another group of holy pilgrims. While I should rejoice in my heart for the new business, I do not. Today is a bit sad for in all my preparations for this groups arrival I have missed both Red Castle where many of my new friends were honored and I have missed the 20th year anniversary festival of my naming day.

To lighten my heart I did find this wonderfully imaginative artisan... a port of Air, indeed!

Friday, September 08, 2006

This is a late entry. Next weekend are many events that I so desire to attend, but cruel fate would have none of it. A special group of pilgrims arrives at the Inn on Sunday next, and I must be here personally to make them welcome. I long so to attend events far to the south. This longing will have to go unattended for an Innkeeps work is never done.

Such twist of Fate does cause great stress of which here is but one remedy.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Here it is the Well Won shrubbery!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Raid was turned back and the Sacred Shrubbery was recovered!

The shire celebrated the victory and has planned a raid of their own in two months time.

Many of the shire will be talking of this raid for a few days yet. If you go to the village center I am sure you can catch up on all you missed.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

After many long months I have finally attended an official SCA meeting. Last Tuesday I attended Owl's Nest fighting practice. With many many thanks to m'lady Herald Isabella for introducing this humble Innkeep to the shires' Seneschal, the most graceful and talented Lady Aine ingen Comyn.

The most useful garb can be found on the Forward Into The Past, the T-tunic. It is a must for those of any station in life.

Tuesday, the fighters of Owl's Nest will be put to the test, as a rival shire prepares to do battle. We shall see what bravery they bring to the field of honor.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mistress of the Sword

What happens to a spirit
Surrounded by war,
With a heart always loyal
Being battered and tore?

It was never for battle
But for cherish and love
A heart made to teach
And the soul of a dove.

The hand that was fashioned
For beauty and grace
That now holds a sword
Showing scars you could trace.

The mind that was born
To put words into song,
Now lost in the memories
Of friends all long gone.

Eyes that were gifted
inspiration and truth,
Now dull with the pain
As the age replaced youth.

A lady born gently
Who once dreamed of a mate,
But lost softness to steel
In a sword-dancer’s fate.

But never forget
That buried down deep
Is a heart that still dreams
Of a love that will sweep.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Well yes a new group of pilgrims has arrived. Yesterday was filled from morning to dusk with activity. The rest is over, but how sweet the peace was in memory. I am off to make sure their holy break-fast is ready on time this morning. Busy, busy, busy...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Today was such an overcast day. The depressed mood of the Inn was made more low by the last of the pilgrims departure. The Inn is at last silent! Now, I can rest for a few days before the next group arrives Sunday night.
While many have wondered at the meanings hidden in the large crop circle formations... I think the meaning is clear in this one.

I think Joe-Joe is an angry god.
I know the burning question around the village is whether or not Joe-Joe wears a hat. The follower(s) of Joe-Joe have been silent on this question.

As luck would have it, this humble Inn Keep did find one holy pilgrim with this portrait of the deity. From the style I would guess that it was commissioned from the monks of Nuttingham, but it could be a rare work by the Bird People. Most likely it is simply Joe-Joe in his riding hat... notice the chin strap.

My current pilgrims are now two. One more was over come and had to leave yesterday. I long for the peace of and empty Inn... but not of an empty coin bag. On Monday a new group of pilgrims arrive. Ten in all. Such a large group. It is a wonder tales are not told of it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

It is as true now in the 15th century as it was in the 14th century that the hat doest make the man (or lady). Some may even say it doest make anything from the pet cat or dog to more bizarre things I am sure I would not understand. As the followers of Joe-Joe often say... well I am now sure what they are saying now. I must go consult the alien squirrel deity for guidance on what is or is not being said.

As for the Inn, my four remaining pilgrims are quite pleasant on the outside, but very demanding of my time never the less. One young lady was completely over come by the holy works she witnessed that she and her hansom escort had to return home early. What a shame she will miss the pinnacle of the festival days ending in a great climax... well I am sure the lady will find other amusements to fill her journey home... maybe her hansom escort can help amuse her on their trip.

I must be off the kitchen wench is stealing me blind and the pilgrims are very unforgiving if their break fast is not prepared.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Once again I have traveled far north to the Barony of Stierbach
for Inn supplies. This caravan was not as planned. This group I had planned to join for this trip had wagon trouble and never made it to our village. I was lucky that another caravan passed through the village before I had unpacked. Trade is going well and I should return home at the end of this week.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

M'lady Isabella has been promoted to the post of Shire Herald!
While the events that resulted in m'lady's advancement are a sad tale that I shall not retell here, less to say that a Good man is no longer with us in her shire or in this world, by the hand of Lesser men not God.

Cheers to you. m'lady Herald Isabella!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

It is a Happy Day! Yes, I have been given a second chance at pet owner. M'lady Isabella, we did indeed place banners all about the village and everyone took to the streets like it was a revolution. My little Nibbler was returned, tired but no worst for his day long adventure. My many thanks to all those villagers in Oak Grove who helped.

Thanks You All

Sunday, July 23, 2006

It is the saddest day at the Inn today. After a busy morning in which I had left Nibbler (the newest addition to the Inn) in the back paddock, I returned to find he had gotten out and run away. I have search the entire village of Oak Grove and no one has seen him. I and everyone here at the Inn are heartbroken.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A very slow week here at the Inn. A group of five just left for home... The Inn should be nice a quite for a week before my next caravan trip. There are many task I have put off that now I can attend. Cleaning the Inn Keepers rooms from top to bottom being one of the most important. My niece from the unclaimed lands to the far south will arrive this weekend and I think she will be a great help with all my task... If I can keep her away from all those rouge merchant boys... Sara is but 16 years and very young in the ways of the world.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Great sign for those who do not read the entire passage... Could be fun just depends who is doing the trespassing.
Sawing Machine 8/Ken 1? maybe not.

The picture on the pavilion pattern did not look like this...

It has been so long since I added to my Journal, I fear many of you may either forgotten me or think me dead of the plague. I have been on one caravan after another. While many think it romantic to travel as pictured here. It just is not like this at all. With high-way men, thieves, and unjust weather most foul, a caravan trip is anything but romantic.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I was wondering if perhaps, m'lord was going to have any time in the next two weeks or so for tourguiding? I have not been on a pilgramage for quite some time and I hear fishes calling my name. :D School starts July 26 so my free time is almost over, such that it was LOL.


Friday, July 07, 2006

It has been a few days since I have updated everyone. This past week I have been helping at a friends Inn. It is great to help when I can. Their Inn is more for people living there, and some of their guest have been there for months. It is a little odd from my guest that are in for one or two nights only as a stop on the way.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It is true that a plague is going around, but no, m’lady, it has not claimed this Inn Keep. I take every precaution, and I never leave home without a few posies in my pocket for good measure. The pictorial you sent has brightened my day. You have my gratitude and my thanks. While pondering the image now, I cannot remember the cause of our joviality. Perhaps it was the play on words behind us, as someone mislabeled the latrines. After all who could ever hope to rest in one of those… no matter what the reason, I do miss your company.

Monday, July 03, 2006

M'lord Kenneth, hast thou been eaten or perhaps waylaid by a plague? I have not heard from you in a fornight and I miss your witisims.

Ever your servent,

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Blue Phoenix? I know most in my village will call it the Blue Bird... not knowing of the pheonix.
I am Working on a device for myself and Inn. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A new group of 11 holy pilgrims arrived yesterday. It was a very long and busy day at the Inn. Some news of note: a fellow Innkeeper's wife (she is truly the one running the Inn) seems to have gone mad in child birth. The midwife thinks she will recover her wit's soon, and the entire village prays it will come to pass. I must be off. I have needy (wealthy) guest to attend to this morning.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

In celebration of the forthcoming appointment of m'lady Isabella to the post of Deputy Herald of the shire of Flint March... a POST!

Friday, June 16, 2006

I am honored and pleased to announce that I have accepted the position of Deputy Herald to Flint Marsh and as soon as my move is complete I cannot wait to began research.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My duties (even with the Inn being slow) have kept me tied to work. If I am not working at the Inn, then I am sleeping or if I am not traveling for the Inn then I am working in the Inn. It seems to be an endless (often thankless) existence. The one thing I have longed to accomplish (joining the SCA) has yet to happen. I must remember to take some time for myself.

Monday, June 12, 2006

A new pattern for m'lady Isabella. In her colours and using her device.

humbly presented for m'lady's consideration.
Just look! Not a pilgrim insight. Well no one insight at all. Such is live in the slow lane.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

M'lady Isabella, a new tournament arena will be opening soon in shire next to Owl's Nest. It is a little mundane to joust in doors, but all in good sport and if you will join me on your next trip to our fair shire, good company.

Friday, June 09, 2006

M'lady Isabella has called me out...

For an untruth I had told. While I toyed with m'lady's hospitality, my true desire was to stay in, have some ale, eat some good food, and relax at my humble Inn.

I beg m'lady's forgiveness.

Very Slow and Hot at my Ole Inn. Anyone need lodging?

Get your Medieval accommodations Here!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A nice pattern in m'lady's colours and of her device.
Honor be to Isabella Ambrogini Poliaiana!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

M'lady has a strong backhand!

I have been remist in my duties to m'lady Isabella. So I do her honor by wearing her colours this day. Honor be to m'lady Isabella Ambrogini Poliaiana!
M'lady Isabella it would seem that I too am being plagued by a reptile in the lawn. I fear I may have to take my own advise and seek some kind of snake repellent. While I traveled north last week one of the other Inn Keeps of our fair village was giving false witness of my person and establishment. It was a most troubling situation in which I have had to call him out in public and the out come could go against me for he has the ear of powerful merchants and leaders in the village... Speaking the truth may not be enough.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Perhaps M'lady has noticed that all these strange crop defacing occur near trees. It is well known that squirrels live in such trees and many now believe these strange events are in fact the work of Joe Joe.
M'lady, I am well acquainted with the Director of the Pagan Atlanta Organization. If you require a strong snake repellant I am quite sure that 40,000 pagan (well 39,999... they are unsure of the one who worships Joe Joe the alien squirrel) can come up with a strong enough spell or something of that nature.