Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photos of Lilies War Episode XXXI: The Holy Roman Empire Strikes Back

Selfie .
just after camp set up.



This year I did things differently. Saturday, June 10th,  I set up my camp and spent a day enjoying its wondrous sights and fun. Then visited high school friends for a few days before returning to the War.









In the early evening, Their Royal Majesties Ashir and Ashland held opening court on the battlefield. Their focus was under the Royal Pavilion. Most of the populace gathered under shade. Unfortunately few chose to fill in the center space, preferring to stand rather than swelter. 







The temperature was near 90, with humidity seeming the same. The blessing was the blustery wind. 







Four AoA level honors and the Order of the Silver Hammer were presented before Robert Brockman was made a Court Baron and Jurgen Weiter von Lanstuhl was welcomed into the Order of the Laurel. I was honored to have done his Laurel scroll.


Members of the Order of the Laurel gather around their newest member.


Their Majesties process out.


I walked about camp a bit, talking with friends from across the Kingdom of Calontir and the Known World. I turned in soon after dark, being tired from the fresh air, a day's work and walking. Proud of myself for trying this one more time.







I  captured this view for the unique heraldry.













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I love mornings - It's my favorite time to take camp pictures as I walk to Odyssey Coffee for my morning joe. 


Each year brings a different Lilie's experience and I try to capture distinct photos too. Some happen on their own because of changes to the event such as court being held in a different location or the days I'm able to attend.





Here's something new. I'd heard about H.L. Bietriz la Cristaliere's vardo. It's the first time she's had it to Lilies. These are becoming more common as I took a picture of a camp home on wheels last year.










This item is interesting for its creativity in hiding or adorning an inflatable kiddy pool. A great way to entertain the tots and cool their visitors' feet.









Breakfast for some includes a Mid-evil Burrito. These awesome concoctions are sold at the only vendor open for breakfast. Thankfully the food is good and the owner fun to talk to as he prepares your order.








The food court is another place I commonly find chatty friends. The subjects vary widely and opinions easily shared. 










Master Eadweard Boisewright


Next, I wander over to the "new merchant" area. It's been there many years but was named that when the merchants divided up, some staying in the original "old merchant" area.















Besides selling wares many merchants are seen doing their craft and sometimes teaching others their trade. I tried to catch the merchant's sign in my photo. but sadly missed some. Let me know if you recognize who they are. I'd love to give them credit.






Calontir Trim
























After wandering around and taking merchant photos I went to the Royal Pavilion for an Order of the Laurel meeting. Of course, I took a few photos on the way.







This appears to be court held on the field. While I couldn't hear, The Falcon Banner reports six honors were presented on the field that day.





But on to the Laurel meeting.



Her Highness Issabell with some of the Laurels













Her Majesty Ashland and His Highness Damien

Master Mellitus of Rouncivale and his war dogs.













After the noon meeting, I went back to my tent and got ready to leave the site for a few days. It's a two-part vacation for me. Lilies and Long-time Friends.

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My next few days were spent in air conditioning, with a comfy real bed, TV and my best high school friends.
My friends at Bass Pro Shop Kansas City


Can't resist this little guy. "Padre". Sooo  Sweet.


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After a few days with my long-time friends, I returned to Lilies on Wednesday. Just before the turnoff to the Kelsy Short Youth Camp there's a trailhead with parking. I took this photo there. Calontir tents and reflections as seen from across Smithville Lake.


Calontir Camp seen  from across Smithville Lake
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Returning to my campsite I found I was lucky. It rained this morning, but my tent had little to show for it. I unloaded the ice and a few more items. I put my tent back up and changed into my coolest SCA camp clothing, Norse-style white cotton. The next few days were expected to continue hot and humid. I drove to park my car and walk back. 

I bought a slushie at Odyssey Coffee and went to check on my friend HL Astrid. She's merchanting and asked for someone to spell her a few hours a day. That was my plan. 

When I got there she wasn't of a mind to leave her tent for long. She'd spent the morning setting things back up after the storm knocked them over. We visited and she went for a quick shower. 


Food Court, Again.
Then she asked me if I would please take her money and buy her dinner at the food court. She was too tired to walk to it. She offered to buy mine, too. That was kind, but I didn't think I'd done enough to earn it. So I walked for her.


Returning with her food, we shared a meal. Afterward, I walked to my camp and picked up my chair to head to a late evening Grand Court along with others. 


Heading to Grand Court


















I took a few audience pictures while we waited for Grand Court to begin. This was about 7 PM, so the sun was sinking beyond the tents. The temperature was cooler, but my pictures weren't so cool.



The audience waiting for Grand Court.



Too Cute












The multiple Royalty viewed from the audience. 



Their Majesties Calontir had visiting Royalty who shared court and Their sun-shade with them.







Order of the Laurel Members 


I was able to get some closer court pictures during Mistress Sorcha O'Riain's Laureling ceremony. I try to be sneaky, and unobtrusive. I don't know how well I succeeded.







Sorcha O'Riain's Elevation

After court, it was party time. Unfortunately, it was too dark and busy for me to get quality photos.

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Thursday morning, after overnight raing again, I'm up and walking. 


Barony of Mag Mor Camp








This morning was similar to others I've described so I won't describe it. 





In the early afternoon, the Calontir Scribes' Guild met and I attended. The heat and humidity made us all dripping and disheveled. I didn't take the scribes' pictures.

After the meeting, I went to my tent. I cleaned it and then visited with others from Lonely Tower. 


Camp across from the battlefield.



In the evening I went to the Ladies of the Rose Tournament. 













Preparations for the tourney.

























Waiting for the first combatants.

The tourney was progressing slowly and daylight was waning. So I walked around the old merchant area and went for dinner at the food court. I was scheduled to sit at the gate from 8-10 pm. I missed some great fighting by torch light, I heard later.










After sitting we use to call "troll",  I went to my tent. This would be my last night this year. My free house/dog sitter needed some time to herself before going back to work on Monday.


I'll work on better Lilies War scheduling for next year.

 



Related Prior Post:
Lilies War XXX Photo Array


External On-line Related Sources:
Lilies War 2017 Site Book
Court Summaries for Lilies' War XXXI

Sunday, June 18, 2017

10 Ways To Practice Calligraphy

To warm-up for calligraphy or test different nibs, I write the "quick brown fox..." thing.  For more practice, have several pangrams I use or give to my students. 

When I'm waiting to leave for an appointment I sometimes use a chisel point calligraphy practice marker to doodle universal strokes or specific letters I want to improve. I try to fill a whole page, but that gets boring quickly. 



So what can I do to make calligraphy practice fun, enjoyable, or purposeful?

Here are some ideas I found. Maybe there's some that will work for you. I'd also like to know what you do to practice calligraphy. Please leave me ideas in the comments below.

These may be done in any script you want to use. Write them in more than one script if you want. 

  1. Write a collection of words with double letters, like "ss" or "tt" etc. 
  2. Find interesting proverbs or phrases you like. Write them out with their meaning. Or do this with jokes or puns you find funny.
  3. Write a detailed review of the last book or movie you saw.
  4. Take a page from any book. Write it's words out without any break between letters. Attempt to keep the letters consistently spaced apart.
  5. Go through the alphabet writing a short word or person's name for each letter. To take this to the next level add flourishes to any ascenders, descenders, or the first or last letter. This one tests your mind too.
  6. Write a poem, or nursery rhyme using three different nib sizes or inks. Notice the differences.
  7. Find an appropriate quote and work it into a finished piece to give as a gift to a friend, to Their Majesties as a gift or largess or as a competition prize. You might make it with colored inks or paint thinned to use with a dip pen. To make it fancier include a fancy beginning capital letter, a versal.
  8. Select a Calontir song. Work it into a finished piece to give to a bard. A war song would make a great gift for a fighter.
  9. Select one of these top ten lists to write out.
  10. Make something nice for yourself. (I'm a giver, so this one is hard for me to do.) 
There's only so much time spent writing "the quick brown fox" before you want more variety. If you find you have no idea what to write, I hope you find a few fun ideas among these 10 choices. Improvement takes time. Have fun with it.