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 🙂

 

Teylingen, the end of the season

The car is unpacked, the shoes are greased, all that needs mending is waiting for my needle and tread, the signs that the season has ended are bittersweet. Sweet because we just had another fantastic weekend and bitter because we will have to miss so many wonderful people for a long time.

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Just like with the Thing we arrived on Friday afternoon and set up rather quickly, I think we needed a little then an hour to set the whole thing up. The hubby made a centerpost for the tarp and now it looks a lot better, the middle doesn’t sag down and we down have to keep our heads down anymore. We then went to say hello to all our friends and that number keeps growing its wonderful 🙂

Saturday was the official start and the first thing we did was go buy a couple of things we thought useful, like a bucket, a small basket, a new hat for the hubby, a blow horn (so we can start a howl :-)) , 2 pendants and 2 new awesome beakers.

enjoy the pictures below ^-^

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Viking Thing preview

Hey all, so we are back from the fourth edition of the Viking Thing and I will be posting a full report on Friday. Since I forgot my camera at home, I will have to borrow some pictures from this great photographer Inge Devos.

So for now the only pictures we took ourselves, well the hubby did, with his phone.

 

Castlefest

Whiiiii we are back from Castlefest, it was our 4th time and it seems like it get a little better every year. This is basically my halfway Christmas since I look forward to it just as much.

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For the ones who don’t know Castlefest its kinda like comicon meets medieval fair, its shops as far as the eye can see, folk/fantasy band the whole day long and then there’s the costumes, victorian, steampunk, fantasy, reenactors, cosplayers,…. You name it, its probably walking around there 🙂

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I always take my camera along but then end up forgetting it or not taking enough pictures, this year is no different 😦

 

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Hubby reluctantly posing with a larp spear

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awesome body paint

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This is Linny L’a Vante go check her out on facebook!

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i loved this but then again i love toothless

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Prima Nocta

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Prima Nocta

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Boar head walkingstick

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more bodypaint, though the headdress deserves credit here

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more bodypaint

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i got lazy, sat down and took pictures of the people passing by

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ah rest…

That’s it for this year, I didn’t take loot pictures as I usually do but the main pieces are a new purse, a new dress for a wedding (needs to be taken in but I can do that), Munckin Quest, a birthday gift for the mommy in law, mead! of course oh and a new book  wich when finished I wil review 🙂 :p hubby got a couple of archery items and a new belt pouch. I think thats about it, but it was heavy enough dragging it around 🙂

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Last week of august is Viking festival at Archeon from 25/08 until 28/08 and then it a little less then a month before The Thing which will be our second event as participants 375231b0u2vl2i27

Tent Testrun and visit to Quondam

Yay progress :p So this weekend we went to a camping site the hubby has been going to since he was little to test the tent. We came in Friday night around 9 pm and quickly set up camp, I’m still amazed how fast the geteld is set up even with a tarpaulin attached it took us less then an hour to set up the tent.

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After the tent was set up we needed about 30 minutes to set up the rest, the airbed taking the longest of all ( We just realized why, our pump is broken. It has a tear down the bottom so we lost a large amount of air). As we were setting up we realized we had no hammer of flashlights with us, we had to borrow a hammer and for lighting we had to use our lanterns like real vikings used to :p.

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We use a couple of modern picknick blankets, they have a plastic bottom and a woolish top. So the cold was halted a little from the bottom and all the moist stayed under it. We are not planning on leaving our tent open at events so its not important to have an authentic inside, we can go for modern comfort. There is a fleece blanket covering the airbed (again to halt the cold), a tick woolen blanket to cover us and  not shown on the picture we had to buy another woolen blanket on quondam because it was really cold at night. For winter events such as Teylingen we will need to bring Pj’s and maybe another blanket.

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enjoying the view with the woolen blanket on my shoulders from quondam

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So Saterday came and we went to Quondam, of course in the whole stress and rush I forgot my camera, so no pictures of quondam. 😦

We arrived rather late so some shows were already over and honestly we didn’t come for any of the shows, we came for the stalls and to make good bargains (which we did 🙂 ) Our friends from Taranartos were there as well and we got to say hi to them again 375231b0u2vl2i27

Loot time 😀

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I have no idea how they call this but it holds a toothpick, tweezers, an earspoon and a small spear to clean your nails

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These beauty’s were a bargain, they needed some cleaning when i got them but look how pretty they are now

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Hubby loot :p He had been “nagging” about a bow for viking markets and tataaa he finally got one 😀

Also got my hands on a straw hat for sunny days since I get heat strokes VERY fast and the woolen blanket that is around my shoulders.

Well my budget flew out the door and now its time to save for litha fest which is fast approaching and i honestly cant wait.