Tuesday, May 30, 2006

As you may very well have read. This week I am journeyed to the Kingdom of Atlantia once again for supplies. The caravan was slow and the weather has been hot. Tonight I sleep in a real bed thanks to a gracious Inn Keep here in the Barony of Stierbach. Tomorrow starts the real trading.

Monday, May 29, 2006

At the end of this week I shall travel by caravan and enter into the Royal University. I am most excited as this shall be my first event within my own Kingdom. I intend to take classes in Heraldry and perhaps a bit of Equestrian on the side. I shall share more about the adventure after I return.

Yours In Service to the Dream
Isabella Ambrogini Poliziana
Will something like this only in m'lady's colors be acceptable? I have purchased a sewing machine to handle the canvas and I am sure a few fingers too if I am not careful. It should arrive mid-week. I will unfortunately be traveling north for supplies on the morrow morn and be unable to start m'lady's pavilion until next week.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Just incase you think I found this wonderful sign generator. I must give credit to another. Click Medieval Geekery for Anachronista Blog. It is always a good read.

Friday, May 26, 2006

We must cover all cases. And if you would like to create your own warning, caution, or whatever sign. I have found the perfect place.
What are m'lady's colors?
If you share my interest in pavilion making you too will find Earl Dafydd ap Gwystl's instructions and observations fascinating. I had planned on commissioning my first pavilion but now I think I can make it myself. Since you know the Inn does not pay well any gold I can save will help. Although Earl Dafudd ap Gwystl does make it all sound so easy, I know the needle work will need more skill than I have at present. My first task is to find a few talented folks to help. Isabella, do you know of any talented folk who would be interested? I have no illusions that my first attempt will look anything like the good Earl's pavilions. The good Earl is obviously a master of pavilion making as an art form.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I believe I have found some long lost member of m'lady Isabella's family. Isabella do you know one Francesca Ambrogini? Is she your cousin from the city of Firenza in Tuscany? Music, poetry, and beauty... your family is so talented. Can I be adopted at my age?

The portrait below is not of any members of the Ambrogini family. It is a posting from late last night... a most unfortunate night.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Laughing Monkeys made me do it... Last time I drink ole Welch Ale from an unlabeled cast... I am not sure it was Ale.
With so many knights returning from the Holy Land tales of other peoples that still live in caves are common at the Inn. It amazes me that even living in a home made of Stone (a Cave) they still worry about fire. The world just seems smaller when people so different and so distant still are concerned about flaming their hopes and dreams with a careless fire.
My holy pilgrims are on their way home again, and once again the Inn is almost empty. One young lady remains waiting for her escorts arrival to guide and protect m'lady on her trip home. Travel can be so dangerous these days. I too am nervous about travel. Next Week I will join a caravan heading north for more supplies. Not as spiritually rewarding as taking a holy pilgrimage but an evil we must endure.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

So the Question today is... Is Little Red Riding Hood related to Robin Hood? They both have travel through the woods. How many Hoods are there? Is Hood like Smith? Things to ponder...
Thanks to m'lady of the Night, Kristy... Love your myspace!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Where in the SCA World?

If you want to know what Kingdom you live within, but have been afraid to ask. You are in luck today my friend. This map will tell you what Kingdom you are in by clicking on the area where you live. Just a wise tip from a wise a- Owl.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

After so much rain and so little profit, I am force to wash the mud off my own cart... It is a sad day at the Inn today.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

This was a little stream we crossed at the end of the valley path. Lost River Park had many beautiful paths and stream. The boat ride into the cave

was a bit of a let down. Very short, but where else can you go boating in a cave? One of the paths was not so inviting. This one with the dead trees looked more out of a tale to frighten small children.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

This has been a restful week so far. Since the Inn is slow before the summer rush, I have taken a little holiday. Sunday, I started our holiday heading for the relaxing fresh country air of Loch an Fhraioch Shire in the far northern part of the kingdom (Meridian). It has been so peaceful here. Today we ventured into some large caves to escape the heat of the day and enjoy a refreshing cool breeze.

Monday, May 08, 2006

A Riddle for your entertainment

Oft I must strive with wind and wave, Battle them both when under the seaI feel out the bottom, a foreign land. In lying still I am strong in the strife;If I fail in that they are stronger than I, And wrenching me loose, soon put me to rout.They wish to capture what I must keep. I can master them both if my grip holds out,If the rocks bring succor and lend support, Strength in the struggle. Ask me my name!


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Per M'lord Kenneth's request, I join him in posting my adventures on his sight as we begin our journey in the SCA. My name is Isabella Ambrogini Poliaiana from the court of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence Italy. I was born in 1463 to the Ambrogini family in Tuscany and my father was killed when I was a year old defending de Medici. Our family fell into poverty due to the death of my father and my brother Angelo was taken by the Medici family in 1464 at 10 year old and sent to college to eventually become the court poet and author of several books. In 1475, at the age of 12, my mother died and I went to live with my brother to eventually be sent to college as well and become a part of the Medici household as well. I also wrote poetry and delved into the world of art. Until, at the age of 20, I became friends with an English woman who invited me to come and live in her household in England. I journeyed across the sea to England and entered into the service as a companion to her. This is where I learned the skill of archery along with continuing my studies as a poet and artist.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Where would you find my dear companions? No where else but under the large sign reading "Eat, Drink, and be Merry". Last year we made much merriment without fear of the dreaded highway men for we had a returned Crusader as an escort.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Same old problem different century.

I found this image on another bloggers site, but I think it speaks for itself.

My dear friend, Isabella, has written of the excellent time she had at a feast (I have forgotten where she feasted). M'lady took top prize in a poetry contest. Everyone was challenged to make a poem of a list of the most preposterous words. M'lady Isabella has not only a sharp wit but a quick mind and this is the poem she composed.

Enchanted Avocado Dream

In the land of enchantment
Near crustacean shores,
With fevered excitement
The Leonine roars.

With propitious ardor
He readies for the fight,
His body all widen
The tawny of zincite.

No cuisse or armor
His fundament in air,
In the avocado wood
None challenge his stare.

His heart set for battle
But his foes flee to quick,
Serendipity is gone
He cries, "fiddlestick!!"

Isabella Amborgini Poliziana
The 29th day of the month of April in the year of our Lord 2006.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Top 10 Reasons For Being A Musketeer

10. Spiffy tabard doubles as duvet cover.
9. Takes the sting out of being French.
8. No bag limit on the Cardinals Guard.
7. Fleur De Lys envy.
6. Screw swords, we've got guns.
5. Pick up spare change posing for candy bar wrappers.
4. Lifetime membership at la Rochelle Bed & Breakfast Club.
3. Two words: Annette Funicello! (Ooops, sorry that's Mouseketeers)
2. All for One and One for All, applies to wenches.

and the number one reason....

1. The Queen's diamond studs (if you know what I mean ;) )

From the OutlandsRapier Yahoo Group

I came across this wonderful list on a fellow SCA's blog Anachronista
Great humor too!