Saturday was the annual ‘Regular’ event. This year the theme was our Barony’s 40th year anniversary so I decided to wear my Cleft-a-Londe houpelande to mark the occasion. (It was our Investiture garb so part history display too, eh?) I was worried about the Laurel meeting, fencing and getting changed timing…
We were good kids and packed up the car Friday night. Saturday morning came all too early for us, hubby was scheduled to teach at 10am and the Laurel show-and-tell started at 10:30 so… off we had to go. I was still getting ready when the husband came back in the house to tell me grumpily that we would be taking HIS car. Mine had a flat tire. Ugh. And our cat Glory, for some reason, was hiding in the basement and afraid to come out, which put the husband into an even worse mood! I told him she’s probably just spooked, a broom handle could’ve fallen or something and she’ll probably be fine later. (She was thankfully! but it was a rough start to the morning. That man loves his cat!)
Still, we got to the event in plenty of time. Sorcha was kind enough to let us dump stuff in the back corner of the scribe’s room. I got my scroll turned in, hubby found his class and started teaching and I had enough time to run across the street and get a cup of coffee at the Dunkin’ Doughnuts before the Laurel meeting, yay!
One thing struck me in the meeting was how Cleftlands-dominant it was. Wow, to think just 8 years ago we only had 2 Laurels in the Barony and now here we are! Kinda proud of that.
The meeting ended on time, so I had plenty of time to get into rapier gear and fight pick ups. They set up the list in a very nice way; there were three lists going so one list was always pick ups. I didn’t want to do the 3pm tourney as I needed time to change before court and I wanted to make Aurellia’s apprenticing at 4pm. I got plenty of fencing in though and was downright exhausted, in a good way. Had some good one-on-one time with some experienced fencers who gave me some pointed instruction that was just great. Keep dagger up higher, same with buckler… out of sight is out of mind. If you see it, you’ll remember to use it. Smaller movements, buckler foot forward when you are using the buckler. There was more… hard to recall. Groupy also gave me a great demo of transferring a sword block to your off hand weapon or buckler.
I went to the Ladies room and cleaned myself up as well as I could in the sink. Very glad I remembered to pack soap, washcloth and towel! And got dressed. I went downstairs to find Edyth to help me with my hair… and drat, I was moments too late for the apprenticing. Ah well. Edyth and Sarai helped me get my hair done, they did a great job and I am very grateful. 🙂 I was now mostly encumbered and so didn’t leave the main hall much, heh. I did join in on the fashion show that was pre-court entertainment. Court happened… I found a seat in the back near D and Ursula and got some knitting in.
There was some cool stuff in court, and then I got called up, much to my surprise! After all, Sorcha had sat down with me, with the court list in her hand to give me my assignment, she let me in and out of the scribe’s room all day, I *knew* I wasn’t on the list! ha ha ha. Dragon’s Barb. (Archery award) I was a bit stunned, and glad I dressed up 🙂 Had a little trouble getting off of the dias int hat dress, heh. Was very happy that Vselvode and Pietro got their Cavandish Knots as well (Fencing award), well over-due on both accounts! And Branwen liked the Purple Fret I made for her, yay!
After court we headed up to the feast hall, Runa had arranged a processional for the past Royalty and past Barons and Baronesses of the Barony… the Barons, by the way, were all there and in line right away. 😉 A Certain Duke had to be rounded up and dragged forward, much to the annoyance of his wife who was organizing the whole shebang! hee. So there was the processional, and then a great history presentation about the first (failed) Cleftlands feast and the founding of the Cook’s Guild, followed by an absolutely amazing feast. Angharad out did herself, as always and OMG, so much food! So delicious! There were hero portions too, given out by the high table. Duke Valharic had one and he chose to give a slice of his pie to Edward, which made him cry. He said some kind words too about how impressed he was by Edward’s comportment and stuff. It was lovely. I wish I’d had a camera at the moment ❤
The evening was over all too quickly and we got our stuff together and bundled off to the car and home. I’d left my large umbrella at the gate table for people to use and I’m glad to hear people did use it! Folks don’t plan for rain in January much.
Sunday we unpacked the car and my husband went on a wild round of housecleaning and I was a zombie. 🙂 We did get brunch with Aiden, Hely, Amanda and Sally though which was a lot of fun. ❤