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by Fillionous
Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Reviewing Trader's Websites
Replies: 35
Views: 4207

Thanks for the comments folks. I am looking into what will work best for me as far as changes. It has highlighted a couple of things, some which I was vagly aware of and others which I was not. (such as the mess which is the costs page and the ability to look more closely at pictures). I am not too ...
by Fillionous
Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Reviewing Trader's Websites
Replies: 35
Views: 4207

Well it has been sugested that I am the first volenteer (victim) And due to the fact that I am just starting out and could do with some useful feedback... My site is at http://shieldmaiden.co.uk
So go for it... (but please be gentle with me :wink: )

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by Fillionous
Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taking a business the next stage
Replies: 16
Views: 2186

Taking a business the next stage

(In hopes this is in the right section) Please excuse the ramble but it might help you understand where I am and where I am trying to go. A few years ago I got asked to paint up some shields with properly researched designs. I did this and then got asked to make matching banners and tabards. Slowly ...
by Fillionous
Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:43 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: desperate wench needs Essex/Suffolk/Kent home
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

For war of the roses re-enactment... try the MSS lots of households based in the areas mentioned.

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by Fillionous
Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural dying
Replies: 21
Views: 2622

Salt also acts as a mordant... admitidly not as good as Alum, Copper sulphate or Iron salt mordents. Indeed you can used salt in a wash to help 'fix' modern dyes that run... learned that one from working with imported Indian cotton. So I guess with the natural dyes it is just helping things along. A...
by Fillionous
Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fact or Fiction : Richard III - Accurate or Complete Hash
Replies: 23
Views: 4314

I agree, big can of worms.... I don't think he personally killed them. I am not even convinced that he ordered thier killing as such... I am more inclined to say that someone thought to gain favour by bumping them off or that in a similar way to Thomas Becket, a throw away comment by Richard led oth...
by Fillionous
Thu May 25, 2006 3:51 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Keeping stuff cold
Replies: 23
Views: 5638

As far as I am aware various water evaporation techniques were used... ie damp cloth or unglazed terracotta or even not fully sealed wooden barrels that 'sweat' and thus cool the contents. The other thing to remember is that a lot of foods would have been dried, salted, smoked or other wised preserv...
by Fillionous
Fri May 05, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sloes
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

We use sloes. One of the autumn jobs is to raid the local hedgerows for this much ignored fruit. Dried ones are good esspecally if they have been caramalised as they are dried... the result is a tart but very tasty nibbly. I do them in the airing cupboard in paper bags for plain ones or rolled on tr...
by Fillionous
Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

Please be aware though that, historically in England, witches were hung or sometimes stoned... Heritics were burned. Different crimes, different punishments...
Don't fall into the Hollywood expectations, because it just continues bad myths and worse history.

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Fillionous
by Fillionous
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Farmers Markets,Food Fayres etc in your area
Replies: 27
Views: 5002

Moosie... the WI gets round it, by having all who cook, requiring a minimun of a food hygine certificate... which is renewed (I think) every three years. We also can suffer checks on our home kitchens, by inspectors and have to adheare to quite strict rules as to what we can and cannot use in our co...
by Fillionous
Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Team / House Liverys for Recognition
Replies: 149
Views: 89986

MSS in general... Black with a white three towered castle badge (tends to be this way round on paperwork) or White with a black three towered castle badge (tends to be on pavases and banners) MSS Bonivant Household Blue and white with a white wolfs head erased Have been know to field a small bunch o...
by Fillionous
Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Jerusalem Artichokes
Replies: 8
Views: 2635

I love them in stews... esspecally beef or ox tail

Just scrub them and cut into disks, no need to peal. Give the stew a wonderful flavour.

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by Fillionous
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mead
Replies: 6
Views: 1960

My experiance of mead is that it definitly matures in flavour over time. Non of our home made has been even worth looking at let alone drinking if it is under a year / year and a half old. As for cooking I have marinaded pork and chicken in mead with great sucsess. I have also got a pear in pastry r...
by Fillionous
Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Three more trading events for this year
Replies: 9
Views: 3527

I'll admit that I crindge every time I see the blue and yellow nylon being ridden out...
The one big crimp on Herstmonseux...

The rest is really good fun, and there are some great traders there... ie you lot!

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by Fillionous
Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: cookbooks
Replies: 5
Views: 2167

There are a few cook books that I raid regually for ideas. Readers Digest cookery year - all sorts of details from cuts of meat (so you know what to ask for when you go into the butcher) and origins of fruits and vegges, basic stock recipies like pastry and dumplings (great when I was first setting ...
by Fillionous
Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:55 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Farmers Markets,Food Fayres etc in your area
Replies: 27
Views: 5002

Ealing farmers market... every Sat morning... it is a good one. Newbury every third Sunday of the month. I never remember when it is on and inevatably find I am away at some event when it is on... As for a food court... good general idea. My only thought / problem might be all the H&S, food hygi...
by Fillionous
Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Authentic Butchery (warning - graphic!)
Replies: 22
Views: 5556

Last year, at one site we re-enacted at, the warden offered us some rabbit... we said yes, so a few minutes later (after some faint popping sounds in the distance) he came back with a brace of warm furry bunnies. We hung them up over night in a conveniant tree and prepared them the next day in froun...
by Fillionous
Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:09 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Gladiators
Replies: 10
Views: 2255

I can totally understand the need for tunics...
Far too cold for near naked fighting this weekend... I hope all 'bits' survived the chill...

PS the piccies look good

Be bright, be bold
Fillionous
by Fillionous
Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 16068

As a first aider with my group I would have to say I was plesently surprised at the lack of damage done to people on the battle field when I joined re-enactment... given that people are hitting each other with various bits of metal. I have delt with more injuries at music festivals than at re-enactm...
by Fillionous
Mon Feb 20, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century wool help
Replies: 15
Views: 2899

I think the reason for black sheep wool being less regarded than white sheep wool is the ability to change its colour...
ie brown is brown is brown... but white wool can be changed to every colour the dyers could manage.

Just thoughts,
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by Fillionous
Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:32 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century wool help
Replies: 15
Views: 2899

Your biggest problem with authenticity may be it's black colour. A somewhat rare and expensive colour historically.

I supose it depends on the wealth / status of your persona.

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by Fillionous
Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Deliberately concealed garments site
Replies: 5
Views: 1932

This is a subject which I have had an intreast in and these sites are a fasinating hint about different items concealled and the pasived value to the house / household when hidden.

Wonderful!

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Fillionous
by Fillionous
Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

Use of castles... Again we bump into H&S issues (loose stone work etc.) and various ristrictions along the lines of owners not wanting the re-enactors to 'hurt' thier castle. Sometimes there are also space issues, either for the re-enactors, but more often for safe areas for the crowds to sit / ...
by Fillionous
Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

There is no way we should remove water carriers! The information I have gleaned from period (WotR) battles indicates two things regarding water... They did have water/ale carriers / breaks in the fighting for recovery (sometimes as often every 10 minitues or so). Battles were often fought in weather...
by Fillionous
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

I think a couple of the reasons for ping-pong is due to the attrition of blunt arrows when they hit metal and are then trod on by heavy MAA combined with H&S issues... arrows arriving when not expected / in faces and the risks of arrows that have been damaged then being shot in the heat of the f...
by Fillionous
Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

This does sound great... and it would be, but for one thing, re-enactors at times can be like hurding cats... Without commited people willing to organise and even more folks willing to be organised, the commitment to spending the better part of the day in metal moving from one place to the next to m...
by Fillionous
Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Who do you think you are?
Replies: 33
Views: 6269

My husbands family does the classic thing of starting off in a small village in Somerset and then suddenly moving to Hammersmith in London... Industiral revolution and all that. About the only intresting things are the posible earlier links to Hammersmith before the main bulk of the family moved fro...
by Fillionous
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

Masses of good information here! This year, the group I am part of introduced skermishing archers. These were people with light armour, a bow, and a second weapon (usually a falchon (sp) or an axe). Most of the time they were archers doing the usual ping-pong, but at certian places in the battle the...
by Fillionous
Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pagans, Druids and Witches
Replies: 66
Views: 11150

I would be very careful of slandering / bad mouthing anyones faith / belief, no matter how much you personnally think it is a load of hockum. To do so, not only belittles yourself and your beliefs, but can be seen as antagonistic and rude to someone who genuinly does believe in thier path. Now while...
by Fillionous
Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41860

I think a lot of re-enactment battles (esspecally the large or multi group ones) have been reduce to three advances and a ting and one side die; partly due to the sheer unappreciated effort of trying to organise a large number of re-enactors... in a short time, with no real idea untill they turn up ...

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