Beter late then never (again)

So again a very late post about a past camp, this time it was Historia Mundi. HM is a multi period camp, it starts at the stone age and ends somewhere in the last war (like really Irak or something).

It was our first time at this event, last year it got cancelled due to bad weather and flooding of the campsite. It was the hubby’s birthday and his very first show battle 😀 You can imagine how proud I am.

Loads and Loads of pictures of course :-p

 

I’m sorry there aren’t a lot of post lately, we bought a house and the renovations take a lot of time. Hopefully I can show you a before and after post soon, but not yet. :p

Next up is the Thing in september

Late report of Archeon Easter weekend

Good evening, I have a blaring head ache, I’m high on anti-biotics and I cant sleep. So why not (finally) do my report on Archeon.

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We had a great time, except for the first night, and we bought a lot of goodies while staying in our budget. Yay.

So first of all, it was our very first time at Archeon as non-visitors and I was fucking stoked about it. So we arrived at the back entrance like all big shots, after a wobbly road down, like what is it with Dutch people and road bumps. Talked to the guy in charge who showed us our spot, well basically ” This whole green place, wherever you want.”  Whoohoo we were on the same area as the organisation so we could totally prove our worth.

We set up camp fairly easy, no screaming and shouting at eatch other which was nice, and it went pretty fast so before we knew it we went to stalk our neighbors the Njardars :p We spent every evening with them, steal some heat from their fire and give them booze. So first night everyone is tired from setting up, we talk a while and then it started to rain, which was our goodnight que. We turned in for the night while the rain was getting harder and the wind was picking up really bad, I never sleep well at viking weekends but let me tell you I was very edgy that night. And then it happend, 3am CRASH, our tarpaulin came down and suddenly we were outside getting wet and freezing our asses off. Getting the damn thing to stand up again and set it a bit better hoping it would hold, idle hope. About 15 minutes later we hear the goddamn CRASH sound again, so while cursing every possible god we went back out in the poring rain, in pyjama’s and really fucking close to a breakdown thinking what to fuck are we doing here. We tried to get it back up but the wind wasn’t letting us, so hubby wrapped the tarpaulin up and shoved it in a chair ” We will see tomorrow”. We go back in the tent and ,lo and behold, there were small puddles of water all over the place, more inward screaming. The bed was dry so we tried, really tried hard, to get some sleep.

Next morning I dried up the puddles and we checked our tarpaulin, turns out one of our welded rings ,fucking welded, popped during the storm. It broke and was bend, total shit. We couldn’t set it free standing anymore, so we attached it on to the tent and let it stand with 2 poles in front like the first time we set up.

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First time we set up

So after this disastrous night, I wanted to get some shopping out of the way (we dont need anything doesn’t last long) We went to pick up a custom made candle holder from our friends at Daugava (I’ll get some pics of it in the morning and put them on), we had a chat and then went for the rest of the park. The Easter event is never big so we were done pretty fast and when going back to our tent, we were set up right between the picknick area and the playground, a kid started swinging our axe around. A duet of “hey, put that down! that’s not a toy!” and “you might hurt yourself, that is a sharp axe” he dropped it and looked at his mom in confusion.

Let me tell you Dutch folks are pretty shameless, which is fun when you want to explain stuff because they really ask questions, its not so fun when they start snooping around in your tent or grabbing axes to swing around.

The next days were pretty normal and suddenly we were Monday morning, hubby got some training done with the Njardars and Daugava and me? Well I was going to blow the rest of my budget or damnwell try. The new additions to our kit are 2 wooden plates, a game of hnefatafl, a purse (hedeby style), needle bound sox and a cute card woven belt.

We went on to play hnefatafl for a while, I’m actually good at it and I beat the husband a good amount of time. So many times, I got bored if winning and he was sick of losing :p

Around 4-ish I started to get dizzy and sick to my stomach, of course I have everything for a headache but nothing for tummy aches. We broke camp very fast and again no screaming or shouting at each other, like a prefect couple. We were done in 30 minutes and went on to say our goodbye’s, which took another good 30 minutes :p

Turns out I had a bad sunburn, I had a tomato colored face with a heat stroke to go right with it. Imagine that while sitting at  McDonald’s with 6 chicken nuggets, you really dont want to eat but your husband might force them down, and kids screaming around. Lets just say I was happy to get back in the car and start the 3 hour drive home.

440723aasr90zpk9This turned to be more of a rant :s but we actually had fun and we are dying to go again, this time with a new tarpaulin. But a new tarp isn’t in our budget at the moment, we bought a house, so all our budget is going to the renovations (I might do a post when its all over). But by next season, I hope, a new tarp should be a fact.

Some new additions to our clothing and our calendar events

We have been busy making new clothes and applying for events, I also learned a new craft called whip cording which is super simple and very fun to do.

Some pics of the new clothing 🙂

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the whipcord

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new fight tunic for hubby

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New shift for me 🙂

Another very cool addition, actually 2 additions, are a new seax for the hubby and an amazingly handy book for me.

But the biggest step was made shortly after our 3 Th wedding anniversary, we got tattoo “wedding rings”. Hubby can never wear his at work, being a welder and all, so we had this planned a long time ago but never really decided on what to put. Now we made up our mind so lo and behold

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The quality difference between his phone cam and mine is stunning :-s

Our viking calendar:
15-16 april @ Archeon easter weekend
25-26 june @ Historia mundi
23-24 september @ Viking Thing
7-8 october @ Teylingen Viking market

I was thinking to take part in the pagan challenge seeing as the first couple of numbers dont fit for me, maybe i’ll adapt it to be more of an asatru challenge XD we will see, or rather you will see 🙂

 

The origin of the tree and wreath

Have you ever wondered why we set up an evergreen tree around this time of year and most of all why do we decorate it? Well the evergreen tree goes way back before Christianity to Romans and Celts, but this blog wouldn’t be called the undercover viking if I didn’t tell you about the viking customs.

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In the period from the 21th and the 12days after the old Norse believed that the layer between life and death was so thin that the dead could walk around at night and bad wights (spirits) would roam and hurt the living. They believed this period to be the in between year, not really one year and not really the new one yet. So nobody went out in the dark by themselves, always in groups and mostly singing (because what do you do when you are afraid, you make noise).

Where does the evergreen tree come in? Well to attract the good house wights and give them a place to live, the old Norse would have a tree outside and decorate it with colored ribbons and same thing with the wreath. The tree only moved indoors after Christianity took over, at first to hide the practice of decorating tree (you should read Jeremiah 10:1-25 which condemns the decorating of tree’s from the forest) and eventually because Christian leaders understood they could not with so the evergreen tree symbolized the everlasting light of the lord (if you cant win, join them).

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Today many people say that Christmas or Yule tide is a commercial game and they might be somewhat right, but even the gifting is something the old Norse used to do right around this period. I keep finding different reasons why, one talks about Thor being the one to bring gifts to his most loyal followers, one talk about giving gifts to your closest friend and kin and yet another talks about giving gifts to keep evil at bay.

So set your tree and hang your wreath, inside or out your house wights will be glad they have a place to hide and the legend says that if you hang bells in your tree and it chimes, its a pleased house wight letting you know you have its blessing.

 

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Mothers night

Tonight is mothers night, this night we celebrate the ancestral mothers because lets face it without them our ancestral fathers wouldn’t have found their pants 😉

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celebrating the ancestral mothers is different for each familie, so I suggest looking up your familie history or tree to see who your Desir are. I haven’t gotten very far up my tree so that is a project I really need to work on.

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I have this amazing recipe to share with you guys its called honey-nut-saffron cakes, I made these yesterday and well they are all gone so they have to be good right.

What will you need for 10 people

  1.  a small amount of saffron
  2. 125 grams of chopped hazelnuts or peanut butter
  3. 250 grams of soft butter
  4. 250 grams of sugar
  5. 5 tablespoons of honey
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 190 grams of flour
  8. Pumpkin spice to taste (optional)

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  • Heat the oven at 160 degrees Celsius
  • soak the saffron in 2 tablespoons of hot water (not boiling!)
  • Roast the hazelnuts (unless you are using peanut butter then skip this step)
  • Mix the butter with the sugar until you have a smooth mixture
  • Add the nuts/peanut butter, the honey and the saffron with the water to the mix
  • Stir in one egg and only add the next when the first is completely mixed in
  • Add the flour and the pumpkin spice
  • bake for 30 minutes on 160 °c

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And behold delicious little cakes to eat, offer and share.

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While the cakes were cooling we went for a walk in the woods and I saw a woodpecker for the very first time in my life. I tried to take a picture but its so blurry you cant see him on it, I was expecting a bigger bird you know 🙂

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In light of recent events I will keep the mothers of Berlin in my prayers to Frigg tonight, I will ask Eir to stand by those fighting for their lives and ask Forsetti for swift judgement over the guilty party.

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