Ooof, what a weekend!
We packed up Thursday night (we were not taking much, but pre-packed equals hitting the road quicker!) Friday after work we made ourselves some quick sandwiches and ate them (Hubby thought we’d just eat in the car but it only took a minute to gobble them down.) And off we went. We made good time, though driving into the setting sun was painful at moments. Thank goodness for sunglasses! We only made one quick potty break and got to the hotel at a reasonable hour.
Slept like two dead things, hubby was grumpy when I sat 8am for wake up time, but agreed with a 10 am court, it was best. We got hotel breakfast (they had a cute pancake making machine! tee hee!) and hit the road for the event site. We got there in plenty of time before court. However when I got dressed I couldn’t find the laurel medallion I’d packed, ack! So we went straight to the merchants to see if I could buy one so I was properly branded… and for the first time ever probably no one was selling medallions. Ack! I do hope we find it, it was one of my favorites.
Morning court was long. They gave an augmentation of arms to all of the scribes who contributed to courts for William and Isolde’s reign so me and the husband both, heh. He was amused. Three awards in one year for him!
After court I got into my rapier gear and hubby went off to the A&S area which was, thankfully, air conditioned. He was amused at our role reversal, we used to go to events and he went to go fight and I went to the A&S area! I got inspected and signed in and swung by Edyth’s vigil before the line got too long and back to the list in time for the novice tournament. There were 5 of us in the tourney. I killed Duchess Kateryn 🙂 But lost my other 3 bouts. She had a fight-off with another fellow for the win and he won. Since the novice tourney went so fast they added a round robin tourney which I also joined in. I wasn’t going to do the third tourney which was partners, but Master Christian asked if I’d partner with him and how could I refuse? He was terribly gracious, introducing me to the fencers we faced (because of course as a Martial Combat Studies Laurel and Master of Defense he knows everyone!) Was great to hang out with him a bit. We did not do too well, (mostly because of me, of course, but it also was a very talented list field!) but I had fun. 🙂
I was nervous about getting changed out of gear in time for court so I left as soon as Christian and I were eliminated to go get changed. I’ll admit, after I took off my fencing gear in the lady’s room I was not thrilled at the thought of putting on a wool gown! I did get to chat a bit with another fencer who was also changing and got a tip on a cool chest protector that I think I need. 🙂 EvoShield Adult chest protector (I think it’s for goalies?) Anyway, it does a custom molded fit, I’m terribly excited about this! She said it worked very well for her.
I got into my gown and sat down in the nearest chair to do my hair. Got some nice comments about my hair, which is always nice. This was the part I was most nervous about, 14th century braids are not a fast ‘do! But I got the hair up and sewn in time. *whew!* On with the over-gown and veil and I was court ready before court 😉 Bonus, hanging out with Annelyse at the back of court. She’s awesome, need to hang out with her more. 🙂
Was so pleased to hear that my husband was the new A&S champion! ❤ I honestly thought he hadn’t much of a chance when I saw how many very talented artisians had entered the competition! Such an honor! 🙂 And for a King and Queen he respects highly, too. I thought it was very cool that Her Majesty’s guard for the reign is all artisians, she picked 5 artisians from 5 different disciplines. Very cool.
I had the matchless honor of being able to beg the boon for my friend Edyth’s elevation to the Laurel. His Majesty, Cellach, was her Laurel and could not beg the boon himself. So honored that they chose me. ❤ It was a great day for the Order of the Laurel, two excellent Laurels elevated (Eva and Edyth) and another put on vigil (Rannveig).
After court there was the usual chatting and congratulations exchanged which meant we hit the road later than we originally intended. Hubby and I changed out of our garb, I don’t normally but it was SO HOT I couldn’t wait to strip out of that wool gown! and we hit the road. We had to reach deep for the energy for the drive, but we were both happy, if tired. We got home just after midnight and crashed hard.
Sunday we slept in until it was time for archery practice. It was an effort of will to get up and go, but I’m glad we did. I got to shoot my new bow, I’m liking it. I need to figure out my aimpoint still, but once I do I think this bow and me are going to be good friends. 🙂 It was a good turn out too and if we hadn’t been quite so exhausted we would’ve gotten food with folks afterward but we went home instead and I actually took a nap! Oof, so tired!
Hubby is full of excitement about being A&S Champion and ideas of what to do to promote the arts as Champion, I couldn’t be happier!