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Hi Guys & Gals I need to pick your brains - I'm after ideas as to what I could do in our camp when I'm not acting as a water carrier!

Cooking I'm afraid is not my forte, nor is sewing (hopeless aren't I?), so I was wondering what else I could have a go at that would also be intesting to the 'MOPS' and make me feel that I was actually contributing to the group more.

Any suggestions gratefully received :D
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Scribe
Fletcher
Point Maker
Armour Repairer
Camp Guard


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Do you mean a long term activity, or just small things to keep yourself occupied?

Because if the latter, you can:
chop wood
sleep
wash dishes
polish armour
tell tall tales to MoPs
prepare food (No cooking ability required to chop vegetables)
eat the food



If something more professional, then there is everything from leather working to whatever else takes your fancy. The only problem is that doing anything well will take time and money.
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Playing games like blind mans bluff etc.

This weekend, I'm taking leather and maille to do some changes to my brothers gauntlets. Last weekend a couple of us spent an hour or two chopping wood, and talking to the MOP also takes a bit of time.

Could also do some research into storytelling, or learn a medieval instrument. Just little bits of everyday life that change it from play acting to living.
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Read, compose letters, pray (you don't really have to, just sit quietly with a rosary or book of hours in your lap), moan about the injustice of it all, play games with the weans. I spent a lot of time being hit with wooden swords and chasing around the wee diddies in the camp (and that isn't Cleggy) a couple of weekends back.
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mixing charcoal, sulphur and collecting saltpetre.


not difficult to do and something to get the public wondering about. you can get them to p*ss in the bucket too!

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Salt! Obtaining (if near the coast or Cheshire) or refining (anywhere or in/near Cheshire). For obtaining salt, purchase some ordinary salt and add to a cauldren of water the start of the day. Heat gentle over the course of that day until all the water has evaporated. (Note - by the addition of extra water this process can be made to last all weekend!)

For refining salt, as above but through in a handful of course sand to the mixture and strain once the salt has dissolved through some fine linen or muslin.

At the end of the day/event, collect up your salt crystals (and sand if used), rinse out your cauldren and Hey Presto, you are ready for the next event.

It also gives you the oppertunity to inform MOPs about the important role of salt in the life of your chosen period (OK not so hot in Napolionics or after but beforethat......)
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Jim wrote: Camp Guard
Just how camp? :lol:
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Public love weapons talks :wink:

I often spend the whole day demonstrating how to use weapons- best done with 2 of you. 8)

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Alan_F wrote:
Jim wrote: Camp Guard
Just how camp? :lol:
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Camp pah pink is a good amnly 15th century colour, now green...
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Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
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Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses
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Make char cloth?
It's not hard, I'm assuming you can use a ceramic pot for it... and it gets rid of light scraps of material!
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The Admiral wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses
So have you decided on anything?

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The Admiral wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses

Good Film.

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the real lord duvet wrote:
The Admiral wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses

Good Film.
Not yet its not. I'd love to see a decent film done, using re-enactors as decent background filling (Heres some liveries, go and fight each other in the background, don't cross over this line here and disrupt the set scene)
and a proper storyline, I'm sure one or two could be properly ripped off.

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guthrie wrote:
the real lord duvet wrote:
The Admiral wrote: Wars of the Roses

Good Film.
Not yet its not. I'd love to see a decent film done, using re-enactors as decent background filling (Heres some liveries, go and fight each other in the background, don't cross over this line here and disrupt the set scene)
and a proper storyline, I'm sure one or two could be properly ripped off.

the one with kathleen turner and michael douglas as richard III and henry tudor was Ok!

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WEll, I'm not actually into films anyway, so I wouldn;t know what you are talking about.

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The Admiral wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses
Could you be more specific? Re-enacting the march to Towton in 1461 is rather different from re-enacting the famous council meeting of 1483 that saw Hasting's arrest. Both are Wars of the Roses, but give totally different scope for roles, events, etc.

I re-enact a knight as part of a group of household men sent by Lord Howard to recruit men in 1483 for an upcomming military action (defence of London, I guess). In that context charcoal making is unlikey but writing documents and cooking food is to be expected. If you get my drift.
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guthrie wrote:
The Admiral wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote:Admiral, what are your group re-enacting?
Wars of the Roses
So have you decided on anything?
Yes,

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I've decided to have a go at Tablet weaving/Finger braiding to start with - so that should keep me happy and gives the MOPS something to watch as well!!
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guthrie wrote: If something more professional, then there is everything from leather working to whatever else takes your fancy. The only problem is that doing anything well will take time and money.
(Don't ask me how much my furnace, pewter and alchemy setup will end up costing)
LOL :shock: I second that the costs of my furnace, pewter, moulds etc is rising more and more each week, I just need a car (van) to shift it all to events now. so more costs!
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Our society has a few different things going on. We have a cobbler, a surgeon, a rather extensive sutler. We even have a chaplain. There has been talk of one of the girls, Sally Sixpence!, setting up a little den of iniquity!
When we are together as an association there are a crowd who do period dancing.
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This is quite a useful thread, I have recently become rather bored with the battles so having a living history activity might be interesting.

I normally give armour and weapon talks to the MOPs and I thought about making a transportable pell and simply spending the day training but now I might see if I can learn a musical instrument.
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Have I suggested small scale candle making yet?
I wouldn't want to put you off tablet weaving for obvious reasons, but making candles is fun too and the MOP kids love bending them when they are warm etc. Beeswax makes lovely candles which you can sell, or you could make tallow ones and get the added advantage of something really authentic which stinks when you refine your own fats on site.
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Yes, go for the tallow ones!

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net making(for fishing), basket weaving, herb gathering, medicine, sowing, doing stuff that makes wool, soap stone carving, diying(as in gether stuff to make dies boiling it and making clothes change culour, laundry.. the list can go on and on, pedlar(selling authentic luxary items from a basket).. what interests u, what do u no about and how much time/effort/money do u want to put in.
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