Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Company of Chivalry First Event 2010

Easter Campaign at Caerphilly Castle...

While her ladyship takes her leisure out of the cold wind with her maid and servant at hand...

...and his lordship prepares to repel the hordes...

...the trusty garrison sergeant watches over the peasants working in the market.

He checks the dyer and spinner is spinning......despite the wind and cold weather, she continues to spin with her drop spindle - so much more portable than her walking wheel!

The wood worker is happily turning wood using his foot-powered lathe - he's currently working on some candlesticks - having seen his work I have put my name down for a pair!

New addition to the community, orphan Sarah, is busily sewing her new hood from fabric donated by kindly folk...

...embroideress Mistress Little is seen teaching a young girl how to perform beautiful stitching...

...and Mistress Beryl the Tailor is industriously putting together her latest creation - I have ordered a dress from her...I just need to decide on the colours.

Elsewhere in the market, apprentice moneyer Master Legward is hammering coins. Whilst on campaign, the household moneyer brings the most popularly used coins, the penny and the half groat, to ensure some petty cash is available...

oh, look, I see the men are gathering around the lathe to chat about manly business...you know, wood, weapons.......the length of your tunic....

A busy day at the market is kept fuelled by the company kitchen.....while Mistress Elizabeth and her apprentice prepare the midday meal of pottage, bread, cheese, boiled eggs, cold meat, fruit and dried fruit and nuts...

...Mistress Little takes a break from her embroidery to stoke the fire and turn the spit to cook the roast beef for dinner...

Of course, the fire does have to be watched constantly to ensure it doesn't go out.......er, ladies?!?

At the end of a long tiring day on the market, the girls nap where they can while the weather is dry...
From your medieval correspondent, complete with new hood from Mistress Beryl, this is Mistress Quene saying farewell from the fourteenth century.

cq

9 comments:

Melli said...

BRAVO!!! Looks like it was a beautiful day! Even if nippy! At least it was SUNNY! You are all looking well in your finery and splendor! All ready for the new season! YAY! That CAPE looks mighty warm!

CyberKitten said...

Looks chilly..... [shudder]

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Looks like you had a GREAT Day, my dear...Bsack to the 14th Century once more. I'm happy for you CQ.
Not sure I would like the cold, though....lol!

Bilbo said...

I'm glad we have you to report from the 14th century...I'll take care of the 21st, which is dryer and more comfortable! Nice pictures!

Ladybug Crossing said...

How fun!!! Love the new hood!
Glad it was a sunny weekend. Sure beats last year's rainy season...
xo
LBC

Carmi said...

They had great journalists back in the 14th century. You certainly absorbed their lessons - this was magnificent.

Mar said...

I always thought the 14th century was dark... Enjoyed the medieval correspondent's report and pictures.

:)

CRL said...

Even cold inside those coats?

Walker said...

This is cool.
Can anyone drop in that pile to ummm sleep LOL