This was an incredible event. All the fighting you could want in weather that didn’t fry you in the process. I have no idea who “won” the war and it doesn’t matter. I enjoyed spending time with my family watching our girls play “boffer” with the kids camped next to us. I also enjoyed spending time with Godric and Kara, the Baron and Baronness of Glymm Mere, and Ragnar, Godric’s squire. We spent many hours gathered around the fire at night talking and getting to know each other better.
I also owe Ragnar a thank you for teaching me how to light a fire using flint and steel. I only cut one knuckle in the process and it has healed nicely since then.
This was a great year for the Shire of River’sBend Defender’s Tournament and War. Spread over 4 days, there was warm weather, delicious food, and plenty of fighting. Gerald was able to fight in the Defender’s Tournament, while Mirella took part in Dame Arwen’s Juggling class.
Elyscia de Fairford camped next to us with her beautiful new round tent. There was a small issue with her new tent polls, but luckily she was able to work things out for the event.
Honey War was Family de Huntington’s first camping event of the year and what a thrilling adventure it was. This was also our first event camping with our new medieval tent. We camped with the Company of Saint Ulrich and were thus fortunate to have had many friends to help us determine the best method of raising this tent.
Elysia de Fairford camped with us, using our modern, though very plain, kitchen tent as her home away from home. This was exciting as it was her first SCA camping event and her first event camping as an adult.
Our goal for the summer tournament/war season is to have one new item in our encampment each time we camp. At Honey War our new item was the tent – and the tent inner red walls, which were hemmed, but pinned at the top to check them for length.
Molly Watches the War
Mirella Sleeps Through Court
The girls had great fun at the Water War and playing with their new boffers. Gerald had great fun throwing his spear and fighting in the war.
My two favorite memories of this event were when the bees, real honey bees, swarmed onto the war field and all of us fighter types let them have it and when Baron Aleksii suggested that people bring him bottles of Mead and he, with the help of a few chosen friends, would choose a winner of a mead making contest. Now that was smooth, Baron!
That’s me with the red and blue shield at Glymm Mere’s Sergentry trials. I fought well most of the day but in the mini tournament we had I ended up legging everyone I faced and getting killed by everyone I faced. I think I need to keep my focus even after I’ve cut my opponents leg off.
This last weekend found the de Huntington family in the Barony of Vulcanfeldt, attending “Hopping Phules” ~ The Baroness War.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful weekend for an event. We stayed in a hotel, not far from the site, which had a wonderful swimming pool that our entire family enjoyed. This was a great option for us, as it is still exceedingly cold at night. After driving over a snowy pass on our journey, we were thrilled for a Saturday with clear and warm skies.
I was quite pleased with Molly’s new wool tunic. Although they are not obvious in this picture, there are gores inserted into the skirt section of this tunic which gave it a nice fullness and swing. And most importantly, it served its purpose by allowing her to run and play while keeping her warm.
Mirella and Molly enjoyed playing with the other children, both at the established play areas and at the river which ran through the park.
Gerald spent the day at war – and he could not have been happier. 🙂
This last January our family attended Ursulmas for the first time. On Friday evening, after school, we all headed north to the Barony of Aquaterra. The girls had a great time ‘camping out’ at a hotel that was only minutes away from the event.
Saturday morning we were fortunate to acquire our own niche on the Eric where the girls had a front row view of daddy as he fought in that day’s tournament.
Gerald spent most of the morning participating in the heavy fighting and the girls found new friends in two young girls whose family had set up their day camp next to us. The afternoon started with the excitement of fire dancers. This exotic entertainment took place inside the large pavilion, which was a good thing as the weather was exceedingly cold outside.
While there were hundreds of new faces at this event, it was also nice to see familiar friends, such as Lady Dryfa, Baroness Kara, and Baron Godric.