The Canton was well-represented at the recent 9th Great Southern Gathering, held at Orana Scouts and Guides Camp, Roches Beach, from 29 September-2 October. Both Baroness Adelindis and the honourable Lord Karl Faustus von Aachen taught several classes across the weekend, and Nick and Tina of Lightwood and their family enriched the event with their living history encampment. Nick put on a demonstration of campfire cooking throughout the day, ultimately sharing his delicious goose stew and goose pastries (from their own homegrown and processed geese, to make the experience even more authentic) and home-brewed mead with the interested visitors. They also hosted a bardic circle around the fire on Saturday night.
The encampment was a thoroughly atmospheric addition to the collegia and tourneys of the weekend, and was thoroughly appreciated (particularly the bits involving geese and mead) by all its many visitors throughout the event.
All photos supplied by Tina Hale. Click to embiggen.
In the lead-up to November Crown Tourney, hosted by the Barony, the Canton is holding a potluck dinner and discussion on the etiquette pertaining to a Royal event. Anyone who is interested in learning more about what to expect at a Kingdom event is welcome to attend. This will be held at our usual venue, GeCo, on 7th October, from 7pm, and will be facilitated by Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta and Sir Guillaume d’Oze. We thank these gentles for their time, and look forward to a productive and enjoyable discussion.
When: October 7th, 7pm
Where: Geeveston Community Centre, 9B School Rd, Geeveston.
Cost: $2 donation to cover venue hire plus $5 non-member insurance levy as applicable
What to bring: a plate to share, and lots of questions!
Alas, the glorious run of luck we’d been having with winter events deserted us this weekend, and the archery component was cancelled for this month’s Canton Day. Instead, we met up for a potluck lunch.
After this month’s date was put back to avoid clashes, Canton Day for September will return to being the first Saturday of the month, so feel free to come and join us on September 2nd for a few hours of archery and fun.
Over the weekend 29 September- 2 October, the Barony of Ynys Fawr will be hosting the 9th annual Great Southern Gathering (GSG), a weekend teaching event which rotates yearly between Ynys Fawr and the Baronies of Krae Glas (south-east Melbourne) and Innilgard (Adelaide). This year it will be held at Orana Girl Guides Camp, Roches Beach. Members of the Canton will be in attendance, both teaching and attending classes.
GSG was conceived as a relaxed weekend of teaching and sharing knowledge across many fields and spheres of interest – this year’s line up of Arts and Sciences (A&S) classes includes topics as diverse as singing early music, 16th century men’s shirts, leather working, understanding historical pottery, panel painting, and creatively anachronistic op shopping. This year, there will be also a Viking living history encampment, with Canton members Nick and Tina demonstrating campfire cooking and other period crafts during the day. There will be a strong focus on rapier (fencing), with several visiting teachers of high renown offering classes both practical and theoretical. A feast will be held on Saturday night, followed by a bardic circle around the campfire where performers gather to share songs, entertainments and laughter. Classes continue on Sunday morning, followed by tournaments for children’s boffer combat, armoured combat, archery and rapier.
Our next Canton Day will be held on August 19th, from 11am-3pm. Canton Days are a relaxed and fun way of getting involved in the Canton – come along and try archery and enjoy a potluck lunch. Canton Days are garbed events but we have loaner garb available if needed. Just talk to our Hospitaller to arrange something.
Canton Day will be held at a private address, so please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay, for details, by email or calling (03) 6297 1083.
If you’re closer to Hobart, the Barony of Ynys Fawr is holding a similar casual garbed potluck picnic (no archery, but there may be a heavy or rapier tourney, depending on attendance) on August 5th, at Nutgrove Park, Long Beach, Sandy Bay. Contact the office of the Baronial Chatelaine for details.
After the success of the children’s boffer-fighting component at Saturnalia, the Canton decided that we needed to make boffers for the group rather than relying on private or Baronial loans. Friday 21 July was picked as the night to work on this project. Many hands make light work, and with the use of the workshop at our wonderful venue, the Geeveston Community Centre (GeCo), we had seven new boffer swords and daggers made in no time.
Photos by Adelindis filia Gotefridi and Karl Faustus von Aachen. Click to embiggen.
The Canton meets most Friday nights at GeCo from 7pm for A&S project night – bring your own, or work on something to benefit the group. For details, check out our calendar, Facebook group or contact our A&S officer, Tina of Lightwood.
Lightwood was blessed with a beautiful winter’s day for the resumption of Canton Day on Saturday 8 July. We had 12 people in attendance, including several who had travelled down from the greater Barony, and several rounds of archery were enjoyed, interspersed with a pot luck lunch.
The ingenious backstop for catching arrows and preventing them from travelling into the neighbour’s paddock worked very effectively. Thanks to Lady Mariot and Lord Ranmor for their hospitality, and the effort they put into preparing the archery range. We hope to be back again soon!
After a break of a few months, Canton Day resumes in July with a garbed pot luck lunch and archery (weather permitting). The date is Saturday July 8th from 11am -3pm. It will be held at a private address – with a nice warm fire to retreat to after the archery – so please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay, for the address, on email@example.com or (03) 6297 1083.
The Canton held its midwinter event, based on the Roman Festival of Saturnalia and stewarded by THL Karl Faustus von Aachen, at Kraken Hall on June 24th. We were pleased to have the company of Baron Gilbert Purchase and Baroness Bethony Gaitskell of Krae Glas and their family for the occasion.
The Gladiatorial Games during the day were greatly entertaining (if chilly). The populace were able to buy a gladiator for the games at the initial auction, held after opening Court, and the first round of the tourney was conducted by owner’s challenge. There was much amusement provided by the audience’s ability to determine whether the victorious fighter should deal a final blow to their defeated opponent to end their suffering, or permit them to continue fighting. After the audience participation round, the tournament was decided by a round robin format, with the victor being Sir Gilbert Purchase, Baron of Krae Glas.
After the fighters had retired from the field, the next generation of Ynys Fawr’s combatants took their places for a boffer tourney, followed by a splendid melee in which a fierce lion (Lord Robert de Bonnay) was vanquished by the sheer number of his opponents – and an unexpected Knight.
The valiant children were later called up in Court and presented Baroness Adelindis filia Gotefridi with a lion skin as a memento of their brave battle. Huzzah! Also at Court, Floki Snorrason received an encouragement token, and Lord Drustin of Skye was made a member of the Order of the Golden Beacon for his excellence as an example of presentation and conduct in persona.
The evening’s feast, catered by Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora in her first (but hopefully not last!) feast in her new Barony of Ynys Fawr, featured a hearty winter’s menu based on the recipes of Apicius. Despite not being a member of the Canton, she certainly lived up to Lightwood’s motto Walk In, Waddle Home. She has kindly provided her redaction for one of her dishes below.
There was also much entertainment and gift giving in the spirit of Saturnalia. The A&S competition for the evening had two categories: a small item suitable to be given as a gift, and a poetic work to be presented to a person of higher rank. These received one entry each, with a beautiful set of wooden feasting gear presented by Lord William de Bonnay to Floki Snorrason, and an impressive poem composed in dactylic hexameter by Master Hrolf Herjolffson, and presented to Baroness Adelindis. While the categories were unable to be judged, both entrants received a token for the quality of their entries. The poetic theme was continued by several, and there were also a number of songs performed throughout the evening.
A rousing good time was had by all who attended on the day, despite the chill. Io Saturnalia!
288 To Cook Pork Shoulder
Ham simply cooked in water with figs is usually dressed on a platter (baking pan) sprinkled with crumbs and reduced wine, or, still better, with spiced wine and is glazed under the open flame, or with a shovel containing red-hot embers.
1 Perna is usually applied to shoulder of pork, fresh, also cured. Coxa is the hind leg, or haunch of pork, or fresh ham. Cf. note 1 to ℞ No.289.
The redaction used for Saturnalia was:
rolled shoulder of pork 3kg
white wine ~1 L
500g of dried figs
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
several fresh bay leaves
fresh sage was also added
Place the pork in a roasting dish, add the wine, figs, sultanas, pepper, salt and bay leaves (sage if using). Place into a preheated oven (160 if fan forced 180 if not). Roast for several hours. Every hour or so roll the pork over and baste with wine and cooking juices. You can then take the skin off and place it under the grill and make crispy.
– Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora
The Canton celebrated our third St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic on February 18th. It was a fun, low-key event, in which the usual high calibre of archery in the Barony was on display. The fiendish mind of the Canton’s Captain of Archers had been hard at work to produce new targets to dismay and confound all comers, as is now traditional.
The place-getters of the archery competition were Lord Anselm da Calabria (first on 146), Thomas Loxley (140) and Lord William de Bonnay (139). Winner of the pairs shoot were Thomas Loxley and Baroness Anna Felice Tavestoche (122). Congratulations to them all on a splendid showing.
In addition to the usual archery activities, this year’s picnic incorporated a new – and exceedingly popular! – Arts and Sciences competition, for medieval pies. While an excellent subject for an A&S competition in itself, the popularity undoubtedly came from the fact that the pies were distributed to the populace after the official judging was complete. The winner – and also second place getter – of the A&S competition was Lady Helewyse de Bonnay, with her spectacular blackberry pie (made from her own blackberries) taking first place, and her Tortes d’Agli (garlic pies) coming in second. Third place getter was Morwenna de Bonnay. Thanks and congratulations to all the entrants, your contributions were greatly appreciated! The trophy for the A&S competition was an ingenious and very appropriate rolling pin, made by Lord William de Bonnay.
Baroness Anna Felice Tavestoche was delighted to welcome wayfarers to the Barony, from the Canton of Burnfield in the Northern Reaches. They are pictured here (on the right) with their friends and hosts, Nicholas and Tina of Lightwood (on the left).
Thanks and congratulations go to the Housse de Bonnay – particularly event steward Lady Morwenna de Bonnay – and their helpers for another delightful event.