Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lilies War XXX Photo Array

Calontir's Lilies War is XXX. I spent five of its ten days enjoying wondrous sights and adventures. Sadly I could not do them all. Not in the day's numbers nor the picture possibilities. I missed opportunities. Even so - even with the sweltering heat - I had the best of times.




Arriving late I set up my camp then attended a birthday party for my local group, the Barony of the Lonely Tower. It was also 30.







Cakes, Kegs and Cookies. 


Her Excellency Gulia, and two former Baroness, cut the cakes we all shared.



Calontir's Royal Highness, Logan and Ylva, attended with pleasure. 




Baronial stories were shared and lineage history told.








That was Sunday June 12, 2016.

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Monday morning - I love mornings - I took a few pictures as I walked about camp.



My campsite has modern tents, but my immediate neighbor is the Barony of Mag Mor. They have this sun shade for all its members and friends. And their cooking adds joy and welcome to the air.





Campsites along Smithville Lake.


















A peak here and then below a view of a medieval style camp home.






My walk around camp, besides taking pictures, was for my morning coffee at Odyssey Coffee. I do this each morning for the conversations, philosophy and cheer exchanged by Dave and his guests. This time I learned about his Toadstead Project. Oh, and his coffee and slushies are also the best. 
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Campsites in the trees. Forgotten Sea is the Barony in Calontir's center.











More campsites in the trees, where I wish mine was. Campsites are taken in the same place each year and mine was not claimed early enough to have space there.





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Throughout the day Tuesday, I took pictures with my phone. You never know what you will find, including this gnome.




Archery. I could take pictures each day, all day of archery shoots. Calontir's archers are many and accomplished.




The Tailor's Tent. Each Lilies clothing is made by hand on site during the event and given to Their Majesties. A week long project with many giving an hour or days to sewing and chatting.


A Dying Art is a fiber vendor from the Lonely Tower (Omaha, NE) area. This t-shirt, designed by her husband, shows the Calontir cross symbol with Norse style falcons for petals. I had to have one.





And we're walking...










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Wednesday at Lilies War would have moonlight madness shopping. Today I scanned vendors to see in the daylight if there was anything I couldn't live without after dusk.





Other activities I viewed included the archers' potluck dinner.





More vendors. 






                                  






Walking, I stopped to watch some rapier combat.







Almost to my home, I found another well appointed medieval camp.








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While I taught a class yesterday on illuminating geometric diaper patterns, today - Thursday - I took pictures around the general area where the R.U.S.H. classes are held.





The pottery tent.



In the tailor's tent, like I mentioned on Tuesday, other people are hand sewing new clothing for Their Majesties Matsu and Elena.


Commonly the dog powered Great Machine would be in this location. This year it is on its way to the SCA's 50-year birthday celebration. This hard worker and staff are here to keep things going.








A Bedouin tent.








And some have camp homes on wheels.





And walking through woods I found cheerful people avoiding the 108-degree heat index.





Returning to the R.U.S.H. area I saw a calligraphy class being given by my friend HL Astrid and conned them into allowing a picture.



This is the glass workers tent. Here people play with fire so be careful. There are so many in Calontir they have their own Glassworkers Guild.




And there are youth activities










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After a rest break from the heat, I walked over to attend Grand Court. Their Majesties are kind and have a place for us in the trees' shade. With court beginning about 5:30, the sun is at a low angle.

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This is some of the  complete clothing set made in the tailors' tent to be presented by the makers during court.




Couldn't resist this special someone.


Their Majesties Calontir surrounded by visiting dignitaries from other Knowne World Kingdoms, some on their way to the 50th celebration.



If you want to know more about awards and activities that happened during court please consult the Falcon Banner, Calontir's electronic newsletter.





After court, there are evening activities, and I find more rapier combat. 


The Ladies of the Rose, Known World's former Queens, sponsored a tournament. This is the one photo worth showing. 


The Lilies Ball was next door. Musicians don't move as fast as dancers, so I have a fair photo of them playing music.

Now, back to my camp and bed. 







Tomorrow I finish packing and return home with many memories. I already have plans for my Lilies War trip next year. Hopefully cooler and just maybe ...  I'll stay the whole ten days.