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Monday, November 26, 2007

Getting through the day...........

Which could be interesting given I have been up since 5am. I am so tired! Getting up at 5am is not something I would call fun or even reasonable - but I had to get Wolfstanus up and ready to be at school before 6am. What on earth for I hear you ask? He is off to Tea Gardens for 3 days on a school excursion. I knew if I went back to bed I'd have a hard time getting up again so decided to stay up. I have been looking for ways to keep myself awake - have done the coffee thing, played on facebook, now blogging..............no good playing Warcraft, I'd get too engrossed and forget to go to work! LOL

Gryffen is now up and has gone for a walk with his Pop - I'll need to get Conrad up soon too and probably have some breakfast. I need to wake up - the Daily Liberal are ringing me this morning for an interview. It's to go in their 'club page' - they want to talk about the SCA. It's a good opportunity for some publicity. So much for winding down! LOL I've emailed the webscribe to get some stuff changed on the webpage too.

Over the next week or so I need to get my proposals done for the stock clerk stuff - around postage increases and an online store. After that is done, I need to start planning for Festival!

Also need to get monthly archery practice organised - will probably officially start in Feb 08. I need to wait for my TAM authorisation paperwork to come back first.

Off to find some match sticks to keep my eyes open............

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tourney of the Yellow Rose

I have finally recovered enough (although I'm still tired)from the weekend to make a post. The A & S and Archery afternoon went really well - Sorle and I passed as Target Archery Marshals (TAMs) so I can start to organise regular archery activities. The banner making went down a treat as did the leatherworking. A huge thank you to Finn and MoG for coming to teach us - and to Caterina for assisting as well!

Friday night started with dinner at Hog's Breath and a few quiet drinks at home. Then a huge day Saturday with feeding people for lunch and the Tavern, not to mention the archery stuff! We had a most enjoyable evening with good food (even if I do say so myself), good company, much laughter and singing! It was great to hear Finn sing in person! I am so proud of Conrad and Gryffen - Conrad did a few verses of Amazing Grace (he is developing quite the voice!) and Gryffen did a small song in Dutch! We of course had to do the Radburne Drinking Song which caused fits of giggles. My mum and dad said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves too and it was the best event they had attended so far(they have been to 3 this year).

The Tourney on Sunday was nice too - although a tad disappointing from a fighter's perspective - we had 2 no shows and 2 out injured (not SCA related I might add!) so we had Lord Sorle and Baron Sir Guillame. A big thank you to those two who took the field! They did so with enthusiasm, pomp and ceremony which was most enjoyable and in keeping with the spirit of the Tourney of the Yellow Rose!

A photographer from the Daily Liberal turned up too so we should be in the paper sometime this week - will just have to keep an eye out!

We did our little speeches and gave gifts (I'm just sorry I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the banner - I was so busy on Saturday I forgot!) and got a bit misty eyed. We're hoping to catch up with Oz and Francesca at Festival, but if not then the Radburne War Weekend in August. We will stay in touch of course via email etc.

I got most of my jobs done before the weekend but some I just couldn't finish due to lack of hours in a day, like my new dress. Not to worry, that is something I can do over the summer break - sit in air conditioning and sew! The next big task is getting gear together for Festival because it is only ever 2 weeks away!

I also have to say a huge thanks to my family - to Johanna for helping out with last minute sewing together of the banner (which I ran out of time to do), my mum for making afternoon tea, my dad for being a sounding board and his words of wisdom, Conrad, Wolfstanus and Gryffen for helping out with all the little tasks I asked them to do, and a huge, huge, thank you to my husband who has put up with all the organising and time spent on it! He helped out wherever possible and even stayed home on Sunday to do all the housework so I wouldn't have to do it when I got home. You are and always will be my Knight in Shining Armour - I love you with all my heart! Thanks for putting up with my hobby! (I have to add he is slowly being drawn into this hobby too! LOL)

I'm looking forward to the summer break, to wind down a little and to work on some projects as well as for the group to have a think about direction for next year.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More things to cross off!

* Make Cyriac a short sleeve cotehardie (done)
* Finish Cyriac's banner (applique needs sewing on)
* Finish Gryffen's banner (done)
* Make myself a short sleeve cotehardie (not started!)
* Buttons on Gryffen's shirt (done)
* buttons on Wolfstanus' shirt (done)
* Buttons on Conrad's shirt (done)
* Make some cushions (just need to add ties)
* Fix the shade pavilion (not looked at)
* Organise the Tourney of the Yellow Rose (happening)
* Cook for the Tourney weekend including Tavern Feast (will happen Friday/Saturday)
* Tabard for Gryffen (done)

I love being able to mark things off the list!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Getting there slowly.......

I am starting to work through 'the list' before this weekend:

* Make Cyriac a short sleeve cotehardie (done apart from hemming and buttons)
* Finish Cyriac's banner (applique needs sewing on)
* Finish Gryffen's banner (done - need to put fringe on though)
* Make myself a short sleeve cotehardie (not started!)
* Buttons on Gryffen's shirt (still to do)
* buttons on Wolfstanus' shirt (still to do)
* Buttons on Conrad's shirt (still to do)
* Make some cushions (almost done)
* Fix the shade pavilion (not looked at)
* Publish the Red River Runes newsletter (done)
* Organise the Tourney of the Yellow Rose (happening)
* Cook for the Tourney weekend including Tavern Feast (will happen Friday/Saturday)
* Quarterly report for Kingdom Seneschal and Kingdom Hospitaller (I almost forgot and I'm still waiting on Officers reports!) (done!)
* Tabard for Gryffen (done except for hemming)

Like I said, slow and steady! Only 3 more sleeps to go!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Slowly working my way through things......

Well, I can cross a few things off my list although I had to add several more!

Now finished:
* Red River Runes Newsletter
* Stock Clerk Reports (for the last 4 months)

Projects started:
* Applique in Gryffen's banner - until I got a blister from the hand sewing! I need to find a better needle!
* Cushion covers cut out, overlocked and pinned

Additional jobs:
* Quarterly report for Kingdom Seneschal and Kingdom Hospitaller (I almost forgot and I'm still waiting on Officers reports!)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Too much to do and not enough time!

As usual I have a stack of things to do. I've had to reassess and drop some projects until a bit later. So, for the next two weeks my list is:
* Make Cyriac a short sleeve cotehardie
* Finish Cyriac's banner
* Finish Gryffen's banner
* Make myself a short sleeve cotehardie
* Buttons on Gryffen's shirt
* buttons on Wolfstanus' shirt
* Buttons on Conrad's shirt
* Make some cushions
* Fix the shade pavilion
* Publish the Red River Runes newsletter
* Organise the Tourney of the Yellow Rose
* Cook for the Tourney weekend including Tavern Feast

For the two weeks after that:
* Stock Clerk reports
* Proposal for an increase to postal charges for the Stock Clerk stuff
* Proposal for an online store for the stock clerk
* Visit my mother in law for her birthday
* Visit my brother!

For the next two months:
* After approval of the Stock clerk stuff, action it!
* Make clothing for Festival
* Start planning for Festival and get gear together
* Make a better shade pavilion

That should do for starters!! In between all that, I need to work fulltime, do T's bookwork, look after the kids and stay sane!!!

Oh well, one thing at a time.............