What’s the delay?

It’s a while since I’ve posted.  The message about Jasmine was written a couple of weeks ago, but it’s taken time to co-ordinate the photo with it.

In the wider world, the events in the Middle East and in New Zealand have rattled us a little.

Our friend Jan’s family has been under strain during Jim’s cancer treatment, and Allison has been providing what support she can.


Allison has been organising us for the medieval Rowany Festival at Easter — when, as everybody knows, these things are properly done in the two weeks immediately beforehand.

We still have plans for a new feasting tent for Okewaite, our local Goulburn SCA group.  The price was blowing out, but we’ve decided to use some black canvas I had in the shed, for part of the roof.   I hope it will look quite stylish.  We’ve found some canvas offcuts on Ebay, and now we should have enough to proceed.

On our own tent the walls are held up with curtain hooks, which have driven us crazy, especially as we seem to have used an inferior tape to slot the hooks into.

I was going to replace these with fancy nylon hooks sold for tent manufacture, but the medieval purists said we should use wooden toggles instead.  Actual toggles are quite expensive, and we don’t have time to make our own.  So we’ve come up with a bulk supplier of inch-long wooden beads and ordered 500 of them at 10 cents each.  Which will be good for our tent and the new one.

Allison wants me to make a camping bed for us.  If it’s a wet Festival, we’ll want to be up off the ground.  So we’re going with a four-poster bed, not being the type to slum it.  This is under construction in the workshop now.  I’ll post a picture once it’s done.

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