Canterbury Fairies

So we’re back after one of my personal best Canterbury Faires, tired, still washing/repairing clothes but all fired up for Coronation in July. I think that having the extra day made a big difference: it went Thursday to Tuesday this year which meant two half days and four full days. This made the whole event less hectic. This was also about the first year in a long time when I had nothing planned for the event: no workshops, marketing, elevations, anything. In fact the only things that I had to do was the peerage meetings both of which were over fairly quickly.

Piccys are in the SCA set of my Flickr account.

Our big news is that a) Sigurd took Deordanan as his first apprentice and b) Sigurd was invited to join the Chivalry, which he has agreed to do at Midwinter Coronation – we will therefore be going Viking (but I’ll be sneaking a new Elizabethan in there too). So we’re going to be extra busy over the next few months making new outfits and accoutrements for the knighting and I expect stock for the market.

We got several hot and dry days while we were away and over the following week but most of the trees looked OK and Nick and Bob laid out more of the pipe for the irrigation while I rode Lad for a bit. The main task on Saturday was drenching the cattle which was pretty exciting – who said that Highlands were placid: they never met ours anyway. The wee two (Riley and Laphroigh) dealt with it OK, squeezing into the race side by side, but House and Ardbeg were a bit more of a handful and Ardbeg gave Nick’s jeans a whole new ventilation point near his groin (and a bruise too – luckily nothing worse). Perhaps not unsurprisingly we’ve held off getting any more for a bit. I figure that we’ve got to get them young and be there enough to handle them regularly so that they’re used to it. That means being on-site, or at least nearby.

We have started enquiring about rentals or house-sitting nearby and hope to be finished enough with the architect that we can put our Aranui house on the market quite soon. Before we can do that we have to build Nick’s workshop out there so that we can move all of his stuff out of the garage. We can put our own furniture in storage if necessary but we really don’t want to have to move the workshop more than once.

Canty Faire Piccies will be up soon.