Here Be Dragons That Was

Here Be Dragons started off early-ish on Friday afternoon with the setting up of the hall and tourney area.  Moving tables, hanging banners and debating on fire place usage.

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The hall ready and waiting for the weekend ahead.

There was a brief break before dinner of onion soup, pies, cheese and home baked sour dough bread was served.

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A flavour of things to come.

 

A chilly morning greeted us on Saturday but the sun was bright and the skies were clear as we enjoyed a breakfast of cold cuts, boiled eggs, cheese and bread.  And, of course, coffee.

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After breakfast there was a a glass bead making class with Meister Guntram, followed by something leathery –  leather pouch and stamped leather belt – also by Meister Guntram.

Pretty Glass Beads

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Set up and safety instructions

 

 

 

 

 

Glass rod approaching the flame

 

 

 

 

Molten glass rolled into a bead

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling for an even bead

 

 

 

 

Keep rolling as it cools

 

 

 

 

 

Time for others to try their hand

 

Onward to Leather

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Selecting leather for a drawstring pouch

 

 

 

 

Snip snip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamped belts

 

Lunch was cooked over the coals outside.  The day had warmed up nicely and some board games were played outside while the fire was made ready.

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The serious business of fire

 

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The serious business of games

 

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Mini Pita Pockets, Mint & Garlic Yoghurt Dip, Zabarbada of Fresh Cheese – Cheese Dip, Eggplant Pancakes, Meat Roasted Over Coals – Chicken Kebabs

 

After a satisfying and filling lunch there was military prowess on the field.  With packed spectator stands the fighting started.

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Spectators ready to cheer

 

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David and Lord Mael Duin

 

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Put your hands in the air!

David and Lord Mael Duin

 

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David and Lord Alasdair

 

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David and Lord Alasdair

 

 

 

 

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David and Lord Alasdair

 

 

 

 

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The entertained spectators

 

 

 

Mu’allim Garsiyya and Lord Mael Duin

 

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Lord Mael Duin and Mu’allim Garsiyya

 

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David and Lord Rannulf

 

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Lord Rannulf and David

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Lords Alasdair and Rannulf

 

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Shields!

Lords Mael Duin and Runnalf

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A fatality!

Lord Rannulf

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Lords Alasdair and Mael Duin

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Lord Rannulf and Mu’allim Garsiyya

 

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Mu’allim Garsiyya and Lord Mael Duin

 

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Air time~!

Lords Mael Duin and Alasdair

The results of the morning – tie for first between Mu’allim Garsiyya  and Lord Mael Duin and a tie for second between Lords Alasdair and Runnulf.

While the fighting was happening outside, the kitchen was buzzing with the sounds of pots, dishes, chopping and frying.

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Andalusian meatballs and Counterfeit Isfiriya of Garbanzos

 

 

 

 

 

Armoured turnips

 

During breakfast Meister Guntram  and Mistress Mairi Jean had the oppotunity to round up a team to partake in a boffering tournament – Laurel against Pelican.

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For the Pelican

 

 

 

 

For the Laurel

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Plotting and planning…

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…plans of attack

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Advance

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Advancing

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Advancing~!

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Engage

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Is that a win?

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Damsel’s in distress, I think not

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There’s no stopping these young ladies

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And the Laurel wins

 

The afternoon’s fighting ended with a great weapon grand melee.

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Ready, steady, go!

 

 

 

 

 

Go again!

 

 

 

 

And again!

 

Saturday night was a feast from the Middle East.  Lamb, yoghurt and eggplant made up a majority of the meals.

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Andalusian Meatballs – Spiced & Fried Beef Meatballs, Counterfeit Isfiriya of Garbanzos – Spiced & Fried Chickpea Patties, Badinjan Muhassa – Eggplant Relish & Almond Patties, Zabarbada of Fresh Cheese – Cheese Dip, Mint & Garlic Yoghurt Dip, Mini Pita Pockets

 

 

 

 

Candle light feast

 

 

 

Kushkananaj – Baked Phyllo Pastry Roll with Almond Sugar Centre, Mujabbana – Sweet Fried Cheese Fritters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert and games

 

As if usual for Here Be Dragons, some of the populace ended the evening round an open fire.  Telling tales of conquest and valour, of course.

Sunday dawned clear and bright with a touch of cold again but it soon warmed up and the day got started.  After a delicious breakfast the archers took to the field for the archery competition.

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Branwyn and the fierce boffering young ladies

 

 

 

 

An archery field with a view

 

Archery was won by young Rose with Lord Alasdair coming second.

Saturday night’s feast was a Middle Eastern affair and keeping the meals of the weekend in the East, Sunday lunch was a Far Eastern meal from Japan.  Wakame [seaweed] and tofu  miso soup, onigiri [rice balls] stuffed with shredded cabbage and bean sprouts and panko pork [crumbed pork] started the midday meal. Following shortly came Okinawan pork, Terikyaki tofu with cabbage and carrot salad.

The weekend ended after lunch with cleaning up and packing up.  A weekend of joy and laughter only an hour and a half from home.

 

Photographs:  Lady Stronisława and Kaede-sama

 

 

 

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