Pictures from Coronation posted (and another video added to the collection)

I'm really tired, folks, so no witty commentary about the great weekend. Though special thanks to HE Isabella for booking the theatre so many of us could enjoy The Princess Bride as a family on Friday night and just feeling good to be part of this great kingdom right now.

You can find my view of this past weekend at http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=142229

There is also one new video posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUDVgHfHmTc (It's a great piece by Cehero Okensword and he found a way to work in lots of Northshield, fighting, the Yetis, Tarrach & Roisin and lots of other great imagery.

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures; use any picture for SCA purposes; ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message. Feel free to share with your friends and family. And even steal some to post on Facebook or in your blogs or whatever (credit is kind of nice but not necessary).

Pictures from Gulf Wars posted

While many people busy themselves before a large event, wars in particular, repairing their kits, making new armour, sewing enough garb to outfit themselves and their households, preparing their classes or exhibits or entries, I sit back and go about packing the essentials that I will need for that event. In particular for me, as if many haven't noticed, are my cameras and equipment to make it easier for me to capture as much of the event as I can. I know that most of my work will be ahead of me when I return. And thus it was so for Gulf Wars XIX. The war that has quickly become my favourite war and a must-do on my schedule. I came away from the event with well over 2000 still images and over 100 videos of bardic happenings. I have finally finished editing the stills and have over 1600 of them posted at http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=135178 and I'll get cracking on the videos tonight (you can start watching http://www.youtube.com/shavasue for them, hopefully as early as tonight).

There is so much to say about how wonderful the week was and I suspect I shouldn't even try. Though that's never stopped me before. The weather mostly cooperated (especially for the fighters who had nice cool, dry weather to fight in) and spring was there which is one of the best reasons for Northshielders to head south. Northshield was led by two fighting royals, TRH Tom & Sigrid, on both the AC and Rapier fields, many times to the cries of "For Siegfried. For Elizabeth. And for Emily!" And the people gladly followed. A larger turnout than Northshield has ever fielded. When HRM Siegfried first sat the Stellar throne, he vowed to bring 40 fighters to the rapier field and thus it was so. This year, we didn't even have to pretend we had that many since we had 43. Our AC contingent was large as well although I never counted it myself. The one kingdom/one army philosophy was well in force as many brought two kits with them and fought on both fields. Whether it was one successful column charge after another, oftimes with Count Hrodir as the head of the a battering ram (or was that he used his head as a battering ram), or Prince Tom successfully driving off the opposing force in the field battle, or Princess Sigrid with her rigid parry coronet stepping out proud and strong with the Dons of Northshield, or Don Mateo (still a NS citizen despite his dwelling so far away) leading a NS chorus on his song One for All to win the War Bard Competition, or HE Eithni as the Kingdom's A&S champion placing incredibly well despite not being able to make the trip south (hopefully someone can tell me if she came in first or second since all I heard was that it was VERY close), or it was the rapier army successfully defending their flag in the ravine a good 10-15 yards beyond the point, or it was just having each unit where it was supposed to be when it was supposed to be doing the job that it was supposed to do, Northshield showed the Knowne World that we are no longer a fledgling kingdom. (And yes, there are hundreds of stories that will be told for a long time to come that I have only touched upon here.)

Again, my view of the war can be found at http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=135178

For other Northshielders who went to war, please feel free to make your own sub-album within this master album. Remember, that Facebook is all well and good for those on Facebook but not everyone is and I could not be everywhere every day. Different viewpoints will give a better overall view of the event. If you need help posting your photos, please contact me off-list and I will help.

Please pass this email on to other lists as you wish. For those not familiar with the Unofficial Northshield Gallery, you will need to register to view the pictures but I can assure you that only two of us will see your email address and there will be NO spam because of your registration. We had problems before we made it a more secure site.

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures; use any picture for SCA purposes; ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message. Feel free to share with your friends and family. And even steal some to post on Facebook or in your blogs or whatever (credit is kind of nice but not necessary).

Pictures from Bardic Madness XX: Back Where it All Began

Okay, I know. I should have gotten some sleep last night or actually eaten lunch today but it feels like I can't rest until some of this stuff is done so just call me crazy. (I also have to do some major work on the Northwatch tonight and for the next couple of nights so I couldn't dawdle too much and real work to do during the days).

Bardic Madness has really, really become one of my favourite events of all time. Someone asked me this morning what it was (he is really new to the Society). My description to him was:Bardic Madness is a day of song, story, poem & music--done as challenges but not competitions.
The challenge is to enter.
They each have a theme--but themes can be stretched.It's considered a "Bardic Safe Zone" because no one is expected to be perfect. Newcomers are welcomed. No harsh criticism, much less any criticism, is allowed.

This just scratches the surface but it is a decent general description. It was conceived of mostly by Master Owen Alun over 20 years ago--this past weekend was the 20th event in Northshield to bear the name--and has inspired similar events in the Midrealm and Calontir.

This past weekend was no exception but one of the guidelines was stretched a bit. Hosted by the Barony of Windhaven in De Pere, WI, we returned to where the first one was 20 years ago (okay, not the exact site but the general geographical area). The day was definitely filled with songs, stories, poems, music and fun all loosely themed around circles, cycles, returning, roundness, remembrance, and coming home. Performances by bards of two kingdoms who were either well seasoned, brand new to the bardic arts, or somewhere in between. Laughter, tears, and Wuv, Twoooo Wuv were the sub-themes for the day. Yea, we had a break for some excellent classes and even a short Royal Court (I'll leave the reporting of that to the heralds or Astrid) and since we were in Windhaven food, food and more food. (YES, we HAVE eaten!!!) There Majesties did open up their challenge for as a bit of a compeition and had a beautiful harp they wanted to present to someone. I am SO glad it wasn't my desision because those that answered their call to the challenge all came well equipped to either tug at our heartstrings or make us laugh or tap our feet or all of the above.

My view of the day with the still camera can be found at: http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=134304 but there will be some videos coming when I have time to upload them. I have reviewed them all and most of them are very good. Which means I have about 60 videos to upload from the event and the post-revel (8 gbs of video!) Hopefully by the end of next weekend I can get them all posted. Until then, check out http://www.youtube.com/shavasue for others and keep watching that space since I doubt I can post everything at once so I'll do it as I have time. Definitely to watch for are some videos from the post-revel that include bards of Northshield & the Midrealm singing the iconic anthems of AEthelmaerc (Scarlet) and Ealdormere (Rise) and the full version of Row Men Row as soon as I figure out how to shave 34 seconds off the video so it will fit on youtube. :D

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures, use any picture for SCA purposes, ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message, or share with your friends and family.Also, please pass on the link to other lists if you wish.

Northwatch deadline and wish list

Greetings all-

Don't forget, deadline for the April issue is next Monday, March 1. Theme for April is silliness so have fun with it all. Missives from the Royal Family and the Stallari may be of a silly bent if they wish. Artwork and articles on this theme are welcome!!!

May's theme will be "Springtime fun" based on a suggestion from His Highness Tom. This could be whatever springtime means to you? Gardening? Prepping your armour for the war season? Just getting out from under the snow? Go with it. I have a promised cover but still need other art and articles. Have fun, folks, and share your enthusiasm and knowledge with your friends and kin!

Cheers-
Shava

Pictures from Fighters' School (and the second half of the court at Nordskogen's 12th Night) posted

Despite waking up to a bit of snow, this past Saturday was a beautiful day for fighters who wanted to come out and learn something. With classes being taught by HRM Siegfried, Duke Raito, Count Stephen, Sir Gunther, Sir Daffyd, Sir Dumal, Sir Morgan, Sir Duncan, and THL Torsten (soon to be Sir Torsten), the hundred or so fighters that came from all over the kingdom had a chance to learn as much as their fighter's brains could hold. Now, the muscles need to remember the lessons. :D

My view of the day can be found at http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=133800

I also posted the rest of my pictures from Nordskogen's 12th Night (my camera had a problem and Edwin lent me one of his....talk about camera envy on my part even more than before...and he just got me those pictures to go through and post). They can be found at http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=131245 starting in the middle of page 5. They include Alienor's Bridget's Flame, Sveinn & Samia receiving their Tyrs, and Niccolo's White Scarf.

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures, use any picture for SCA purposes, ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message, or share with your friends and family.Also, please pass on the link to other lists if you wish.

Pictures from "It's Only a Flesh Wound" (and Calontir's Winter War Maneuvers) posted

There was a glitch with the Gallery last night and not all of my pictures got posted. Some folks have had an advanced chance to see them on Facebook but they are now all in an album on the Gallery. http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php/v/FleshWound_001/ is where my view of the weekend can be found.

You've seen some of the court list and heard of the newest knight and vigilant for the chivalry in our fair kingdom already so there isn't that much to add. There was a lot of fighting in the eight tournaments that were run during the day, a few nice performances on a martial theme that were part of the A&S competition, and the first squire for Sir Wolfgar. It was a full, fun day.

Congratulations to the winners of the tournaments:
Great Axe: HRH Tom Tinntinnabulum
Great Sword: Sir Wolfgar Von-Ostrand
Florentine: THL Kita Jiru Toramassa
Mixed Weapons: THL Alexander
Polearm: HRH Tom Tinntinnabulum
Weapon & Shield: Duke Tarrach Alfson
2-personTeam Spear: Team Argus (HRH Tom Tinntinnabulum/THL Kita Jiru Toramassa)
3-person Melee (Team Argus (HRH Sigrid de la Mare, Sir Morgan Olander, THL Kita Jiru Toramassa)
 
Also, last weekend, I traveled along with Mistress Eliane to the Barony of Mag Mor (Lincoln, NE) in the Kingdom of Calontir for the laureling of a wonderful bard & archer, Dolan Madoc of Harlech, at Winter War Maneuvers. We weren't the only Northshielders in attendance, though, and ended up being part of the Northshield Expeditionary Force (as HRH Tom dubbed us). Pictures from that event (a few from THL Edwin atte Bridge) and a bunch from my own camera can be found at: http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php/v/WarManeuvers/

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures, use any picture for SCA purposes, ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message, or share with your friends and family.Also, please pass on the link to other lists if you wish.

Pictures from Nordskogen's 12th Night

Though the weather was typically cold this past weekend, it was warm to be among so many friends. The day was full of so many activities that there was no way to be everywhere at once. Sometimes its better to concentrate on a few good conversations than to try to do a little of everything and that is what I did. In fact, Johann had to track me down because the conversations were so good I lost track of time and almost missed the Stallari meeting (sorry again, Your Majesties). Anyway, there were a lot of things going on but I certainly to get everywhere and see everything. Hopefully others will add sub-albums to the gallery to go along with some pictures that I put up along with some that Edwin put up.

You can find those pictures at: http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php/v/nordskogen_twelfth_night_2010/

My photos end towards the end of the first half of evening court, though. I ran into some problems with my camera during Mikey's elevation ceremony. Edwin was very sweet and offered to lend me his awesome camera for the second half of court and when he sends me those pictures I'll get them posted and let y'all know.

Pax-
Shava

Usual post-script: As always, for my pictures, feel free to leave comments and help me label the pictures, use any picture for SCA purposes, ask me to delete something if you don't like it via private message, or share with your friends and family.Also, please pass on the link to other lists if you wish.

Holiday greetings from our house to yours

Greetings to our family and friends as this holiday season is upon us-

Our holiday card and gift to you can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/y9k2hxy (SCA) or http://tinyurl.com/yd4g7lk (modern)

The year has been quite the roller-coaster for us but most of you have heard that story. If you missed it, contact me and I'll tell you about all the machinations of whether or not we were going to move to Caid for a couple of years. I suspect that as things settle down, we will know it's the right thing. We love Jararvellir and Northshield and I can't imagine what it would be like not to be here year 'round.

That really did take up most of our lives this year when we were working though we did get a couple of trips in. Mississippi in March for Gulf Warst; California in May for me for my great-nephew, Anthony's, first birthday; Vancouver & Alaska in June to commemorate our 25th wedding anniversary; Los Angeles in July to check out the possible job and the city (and the local SCA); Giles to northern California for a rapier workshop in the Redwoods; and Giles to Pennsylvania in August for Pennsic. It's definitely time to get planning on the next travel.

In the meantime, stuff around the house is hopping. We're remodeling the front porch (enclosing and expanding it) with the help of two under-employed friends (one is an architechtural draftsman and the other is a carpenter). We've added two young cats to our menagerie and now have 2 dogs and 4 cats. This is proving to be interesting. I'm still exercising quite a bit and am feeling great. Giles gets his exercise from the dogs, rapier, bike-riding, and stuff around the house.

Workwise, we're both still decently employed (I was going to say gainfully but that's hard to do in these economic times when raises are non-existent and furloughs are imposed in the workplace) and neither of us complains much about that. SCAwise, we're both as busy as ever. I have been Kingdom Chronicler since January and Giles just became the Kingdom Rapier Marshal.


All in all, we really can't complain about much. Seriously, we're happy, healthy, and feeling rather lucky that we have each other as well as family and friends that we care about greatly!

All our best,
Shava & Giles (and Bacchus, Smudge, Harlequin, Shelly, Ebony & Ivory)