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Newsletter of the Shire of Dismal Fogs Issue 1 AS 48

Panther Hunt Special Edition!


Rumours abound of a mysterious Panther that roams the borders of the Shire of Dismal Fogs. 
Some say that it is escaped from a travelling circus. 
Some say that traders from the east were shipwrecked on the shores of Lake Wallace and that their 
dangerous cargo escaped. Some allege that it can be seen but once a year, at Maranatha in the 
West of the Shire of Dismal Fogs. 
This year, it is prophesied to appear on the weekend of Friday evening of the 30th May 
through to Sunday afternoon, 1st of June.
Join us as we hunt the Panther and its cohort of beastly acquaintances from the realm!

Society for Creative Anachronism

Shire of Dismal Fogs

Upcoming Events




June


8th Shire Meeting

Noon to 3pm, Hay St, Lawson

Contact Nimue on 0410 720 061 for details


22nd A&S : Hospit and pavillion inventory and repair

Noon to 3pm, Hailey St, Lithgow

Contact Donwald on 0402 455 402 for details (no calls after 8pm please)


July


13th Shire Meeting

Noon to 3pm, Hay St, Lawson

Contact Nimue on 0410 720 061 for details


27th A&S: Follow-on from Panther Hunt by Lady Danielis de Luna

Topics to include knitting, embroidery and cooking, all welcome!

Noon to 3pm, Great Western Highway, Faulconbridge

Contact Thalia on 0404 489 133 for details


August


10th Shire Meeting

Noon to 3pm, Hay St, Lawson

Contact Nimue on 0410 720 061 for details


23rd A&S: Armouring

Special venue – Faulconbridge Community Hall

Contact Thalia on 0404 489 133 for details


23rd Small Ball and Tiny Tourney

Faulconbridge Community Hall

Contact Thalia on 0404 489 133 for details



 

REGNUM/CONTACTS


Senechal

Donwald MacNiall (Stephen Grantham)

senechal@dismalfogs.info


Deputy Seneschal

Nimue (Kate)

0410 720 061

katigern.goch(at)gmail(dot)com


Reeve

Mathias von Massenbach (Thomas Higgs)

0409 316 469

higgs_88(at)hotmail(dot)com


Constable

Thalia (Rebecca Garnsey)

rebecca.garnsey(at)gmail(dot)com


Herald

Nicholas Askewe (Scott Davies)


yvetteandscott (at) yahoo (dot) com


Chronicler

Ellynor Askewe (Yvette Munro)

yvetteandscott (at) yahoo (dot) com


From the Seneschal

Greetings to the Populace of the Shire of Dismal Fogs!


We are now coming to the half-way point of the year, which, once again, is proving to be an interesting and enjoyable one in the mountains. We experienced an industrious lead up to the Rowany Festival at its new site in the Southern Highlands over the Easter long weekend and came away pleased and satisfied with the facilities and activities there. Ironfest in Lithgow saw a small but enjoyable heavy combat demonstration on the 26th of April, put on by the Shire and her allies and admired by visitors and participants alike. This year we are also running a series of seasonal mini balls for us to get a bit of a frolic and capering in.


One the most fun events in the Shire of Dismal Fogs calendar is our annual "Panther Hunt" weekend at Lidsdale, just west of Lithgow at the end of May. Along with target archery competitions, a heavy combat tournament, collegia, feasting and merry-making, we have the opportunity to "hunt" the elusive panther, long rumoured to haunt the Blue Mountains area... Will our company of crack shot archers bag the quarry this time? This year we have as honoured guests Queen Angharad of Lochac and Baron Miles and Baroness Ameline of Rowany. I am sure they will enjoy our humble hospitality. 

Every now and then, I remind myself why I like to participate in the Society for Creative Anachronism and what it means to me. On the surface, it seems a good chance to dress up, sing, dance or put on armour and battle for the mere fun of it. And it is all these things. But it is also much, much more. The modern, mundane world may often come across as a hard slog or even a dispiriting challenge for those who live their lives by a code of honour, courtesy, learning, gentleness and thoughtfulness or any of the other common attributes of the concept of chivalry. In the SCA we find a forum or venue for these virtues where we can exercise our minds and bodies along these ideas without fear of being disregarded as weaker or less deserving of appreciation. It is here that we can be ourselves among likeminded individuals for our own betterment and the improvement to society. We learn and apply new skills and ideas and have loads of fun in the process. What a great deal!


I have been Seneschal of Dismal Fogs since my elder son was born (who is now approaching the age of five. My how time flies!) and my tenure in the office is drawing to a close. In my time as Seneschal, I have been very pleased to see growth and activity in the Shire and warmth and friendliness from its Populace. I would especially like to thank all those who have assisted during this time, the office holders and runners of events, the hosts of meetings and all attendees of all ages. May my successor in the role of Seneschal enjoy the post just as much as I have!


Yours in Service,

Lord Donwald Mac Niall









RECIEPTS FROM A MIDWINTER HUNT

Lady Danielis de Luna



Here is a taste of one of the dishes from the Inaugural Panther Hunt.


Mushrooms are a divisive ingredient – one of those love 'em or hate 'em items. When creating the overall menu for the event I was relying on email communication, so all of the dishes I chose I found in Godecookery.com


I cannot find any reference now to whether this dish is named for the city Odessa in the Ukraine (ie a regional dish) or for a person/persona within the SCA. While I must consider this a modern dish rather than a redaction of a medieval recipe, it is in a style which could have been employed any time within the middle ages and earlier: if it included garum I'd think it came from Apecius' Roman era cookbook.


For our feast, we blind-baked puff pastry cases, filled them with the mushroom mixture from the recipe below (the original may be found at www.godcookery.com/friends/free112.html), topped with parmesan and baked until golden – resulting in delicious Odessa Style Mushroom Tarts!



Odessa Style Mushrooms

A dish of baked mushrooms and onions

Contributed to Godecookery by Kathy Westberg


    • ¼ C unsalted butter at room temp

    • ½ medium onion OR 4 scallions finely chopped

    • 1lb. Field or brown mushrooms, whole or sliced – Portabella mushrooms work well

    • 1 T. flour

    • Salt and freshley ground pepper

    • ½ C. sour cream

    • 1/3 C. heavy cream

    • ½ C. grated hard cheese – Parmesan or Romano will do


Melt ½ of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute briefly, then stir in the mushrooms and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. In a small bowl, combine 1 T. of the butter with the flour, working it to make a paste ball. Stir the butter ball into the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, or until thickened. Season to taste, and stir in the sour cream and heacy cream. Preheat the oven to 350 deg.F. Pour the mushroom mixture into a serving dish, sprinkle the top with the grated cheese and dot with the remaining butter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until bubbly. Enjoy!


Tablet Weaving

by Wendy of Dismal Fogs

From Panther Hunt the Second


There are many sources of information out there on Tablet weaving, for me however it didn't come together in my mind until I watched it being done. Thanks to the power of YouTube and a collegia long ago all my reading finally came together into my process of Tablet weaving.


My method is a little different to the period technique in that I have a small lap loom that allows me to keep my weaving set up, transportable and in a flat, face up position.


The results achievable once you know the basics are fantastic and have opened up a whole new world of fascinating and slightly addictive craft. One other thing is that tablet weaving seems to be child's play and Jasmin has already got the knack of it. At the moment I think the set up is a bit beyond her though. ;)


Like many crafts tablet weaving is a tactile thing. You need to get a "feel" for the technique, the tensioning for different yarns, understanding the weaving (s/z) twist all happen the first time you start to turn the cards and see what happens. Luckily its a fairly low cost to get started.


You can start by using a door knob and your self to provide a sort of loom and tension (very period) but a problem if you have little ones. You can use two upright pegs on a board (gets a bit difficult to tension and weaving surface is twisted) or you can make or buy many types of loom (inkle loom of various sizes available)


The bands produced can be used as trim, belts, straps for bags, play things for kids. They are quite strong depending on what type of yarn used and the range of decorative ideas is limitless.


So get weaving!


A few great sources that I used when putting together these notes:


Resources:

Great online tool for designing patterns

http://www.theloomybin.com/cw/index.html



http://honorbeforevictory.com/tablet-weaving-for-kids-golden-path-of-fire-band/


Things to check out later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=Zvohefehwpw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwK-vxKLPAs&feature=channel&list=UL


Great video from National Trust:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVIGiQ7Caqg


http://www.shelaghlewins.com/tablet_weaving/TW01/TW01.htm


Want to get funky: Weave a message (Linda Hendrickson)

http://www.lindahendrickson.com/

Linda looks further into the woven message bands similar to those created by weavers in Jerusalem as souvenirs for pilgrims in the 14th century


http://web.mac.com/ianuk/Ianuk/Documentation_files/14th%20Century%20Tablet%20Woven%20Gartersrev10.pdf


http://www.stringpage.com/tw/twtheory.html

http://www.stringpage.com/tw/basictw.html


http://www.guntram.co.za/tabletweaving/docs/periodintro/periodintro.htm


Of course the definitive source is Peter Collingwood's Book

http://www.amazon.com/Techniques-Tablet-Weaving-Peter-Collingwood/dp/1566590558


Trouble Shooting

Problems:

* Uneven selvege (sides of the band):

You probably aren't pulling your weft equally tight on all your passes. This is a matter of feel. It is a very common problem for beginners and corrects itself with practice.

* Selvage picots:

These are the little bumps of weft thread showing at the sides of the band. You aren't pulling your weft thread tight enough. This can also be a design feature, and it is possible to weave in a fringe effect by this method.

*Indistinct pattern:You aren't beating the threads hard enough between turns, you have incorrectly threaded your cards, or they have gotten out of order (this is why we number them).

*Lumpy surface on the band: Your warp threads aren't all equally tight.

*Cards won't turn:

If you are just starting your band and the cards won't turn, you have probably mis-threaded your cards and have a card with threads threaded from both the front and the back on it. It just wont' work that way. If you are quite a way along in your band, the warp threads have probably become so twisted that there is no more room for them to turn. You can either reverse your pattern at this point, or you can tie the cards together, untie the knot at the door knob or table leg, untwist the cords and retie them in a knot.

* Twisting:

Note that if you weave with all the tablets oriented the same way (e.g. diagonal lines), the band will gradually twist. This is ok if you are going to sew the band to a piece of cloth, but if you want to make belt or strap, you can avoid twist either by having half the tablets Z-threaded and half S-threaded (e.g. chevrons and diamonds) or by flipping them all at intervals (e.g. zigzags).

*Yarn

Any kind of yarn can be used, but a thick thread about the weight of knitting wool or crochet cotton will be easier to work with than a very fine thread. Although fluffy knitting wool is easy to obtain, it's hard work to weave because it sticks to itself and is very stretchy. A smoother yarn such as worsted spun wool, machine knitting wool, cotton or silk will be much easier to weave.

If you are interested in creating bands similar to those used in historical times, remember to choose soft colours that resemble naturally-dyed shades. Especially suitable colours are:

Rusty red, as obtained from the plant madder

Denim blue, as obtained from the plant woad

Yellow, as obtained from the plant weld

Many other colours can be achieved by using natural dyes, but if you start with the three above, you will be on safe ground.

Historically, quite fine threads were used, no greater in thickness than the threads used to weave cloth on an upright loom.

* Transporting a Band "in Progress"

If you need to put the band away or move it while it's partly woven, first tie a piece of string firmly around the deck of tablets so that they cannot become disordered. i also use a knitting stitch keeper or a nappy pin. Also tie short lengths of string around the warp threads approximately every 18 inches. This will prevent the warp threads from becoming tangled. If you are using a lap loom like mine a pillow case helps keep every thing clean for transportation to camping or feats events.

* Finishing Off

When you've finished weaving, sew the free end of the weft into the band and cut it off. You can cut the warp threads and leave them long enough to braid or knot to leave a fringe or tassels, or you can cut them short and turn the end of the band under and sew it like a hem.




The panther is a gentle beast; only the dragon is its enemy. It is a beautiful, multicolored animal; its coat is spotted with white or black disks. After the panther has feasted, it goes into a cave and sleeps for three days. When it wakes up it gives a loud roar, and while it is roaring a sweet odor comes out of its mouth. Any animal that hears the roar follows the sweet smell to reach the panther. Only the dragon stays away, hiding in a hole because it is afraid of the panther. The female panther can only give birth once, because the young in her womb tear at her with their claws, wounding her so that she can no longer conceive.” from http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast79.html





PANTHER HUNT THE THIRD

Friday

3pm Site opens

Open target range - unsupervised

6pm Soup kitchen opens

8pm Board games, Dancing

Saturday

Breakfast

10 am Archery ikac
Archery games
Childrens quest
Collegium #1 Basque fashion

Lunch

Archery kings shoot
Archery games
Collegium #2 - Knitting / Embroidery

Afternoon tea

Beast hunt
Collegium #3 Chaucer's Naughty Pilgrims
Royal Court

6pm Feast
Night hunt

Sunday
Breakfast
10am Clout shoot
Heavy tourney
Collegium #4 Beginners tablet weaving

Lunch
Archery games
Queens shoot
Capturing the Panther

Site closes 3pm





The Shire of Dismal Fogs Presents:

PANTHER HUNT III




Rumours abound of a mysterious Panther that roams the borders of the Shire of Dismal Fogs. 

Some say that it is escaped from a travelling circus.
Some say that traders from the east were shipwrecked on the shores of Lake Wallace and that their
dangerous cargo escaped. Some allege that it can be seen but once a year, at Maranatha in the
West of the Shire of Dismal Fogs.

This year, it is prophesied to appear on the weekend of Friday evening of the 30th May
through to Sunday afternoon, 1st of June.

Come join us as we hunt the Panther and its cohort of beastly acquaintances from the realm!

Fully catered event, with cabin accommodation for 60 and camping for as many as will.
There will be archery, A&S, period games, a tourney and a feast to celebrate the weekend’s hunting.




Start date: Friday, May 30th 2014
End date: Sunday, June 1st 2014

Location:
Maranatha, 57 View Street Lidsdale



BOOKING DETAILS
===============
Bookings Close: Sunday, May 18th 2014
Booking Contact: Rodrigo Brasa de la Reina mpgarnsey@gmail.com

Price:
If booked and paid prior to 19th May:
Cabin Full event – M $95 NM $100
Camping full event – M $80 NM $85
Single night – M $50 NM $55
Day rate – M $35 NM $40

At gate:
Cabin Full event – M $105 NM $110
Camping full event – M $95 NM $100
Single night – M $65 NM $70
Day rate – M $50 NM $55

Children: Booked and paid
Booked full event – M $50 NM $55
Camping full event – M $40 NM $45
Single night – M $30 NM $35
Day rate – M $25 NM $30

Beast volunteer, offsite, short stay, and family rates available on request. Children 5 years and under free.


Bookings to mpgarnsey@gmail.com



Shire of Dismal Fogs

Who are we?

Situated just West of Sydney in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia, the Shire of Dismal Fogs is a regional branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The SCA is an international non-profit educational organisation that is dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century European History. We focus on practical applications in medieval arts and sciences, including costuming, cooking, martial arts, dance, calligraphy and illumination, brewing, metalwork, archery and music (to name but a few!)


Look up our group page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/200356499120/

Do you live in the Blue Mountains? Are you interested in participating in fun medieval inspired activities such as feasting, armoured fighting, dancing, music and archery? Email us for how to join in.

seneschal@dismalfogs.info