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I need a replacement for my bellarmine jug. The big cup that I used for tea drinking every morning and the dropped when I slipped on the steps at Canterbury Fair. Here's a collection of fun images I've found while surfing on my phone this morning.

These pointed nose jugs are adorable and not very different from the owl jug/cup bought for a friend a couple of years ago. The last one is closest.

What does a spinning jug get used for? It's tiny!

Fantastic picture of a rectangular tent

Another name for bellarmine jugs is brtman jug. This one's lovely

The SCA needs more enormous water jugs like these.
I guess these proportions would be useful for a water jug - 19cm h and 17cm w, but I was imagining something even larger.

Kitchen interiors are always worth a closer look

stupid hats

Jun. 8th, 2012 08:23 pm
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I'm inspired by this

This article suggests that they might be inspired by the barbette or the hennin with wires

Here are some others I quite like;

I quite like the process Cynthia Virtue used to work out how to make it.

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the tabs I currently have open.

Researching plastic free flour storage options, as suggested by sjkasabi and the dying of my (plastic) flour containers: (my favourite so far) (too heavy) (why would people pay for these?)

Awesome chocolate cake recipe - with (one of) the monster succhini from my garden

Didn't like this pizza enough to buy it again - although ordering online with a credit card was cool!product_categories/vegetarian-pizzas/products*a*%20Literature/fandoms*d*%20M*d*%20-%20Works/works?page=2

Awesome!  now my window is clearer, my computer will run faster and I can work out how to do the neckline of Rose's jumper.(easy child's hoodie above)
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In December 2009, I bought a sheep.  It was butchered and shared with a group of friends. Most of it was delicious, but a bit tough.

I need to do something with the flap that I have left in my freezer. So I started to research it this morning.

Lamb flap is described as " a food so fatty that most of Papua New Guinea subsists almost solely upon it and then hilariously die of heart disease".  It's so unhealthy that PNG has banned the sale of it. (Note: internet research).

I found a forum called Destitute Gourmet.  I don't think they're as destitute as they like to think they are - they recommended feeding it to the dog.

The concensus seems to be that I should roll it with salt and herbs, tie it with string and slow roast it on a rack to drain as much fat as possible.  If I leave out any onion I might be able to find a dog to eat it when we sit down and decide it's too fatty.

OTOH, the flap is from a free range lamb.  This might be the best bit.

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A colection of quick links:

Photos someone took as research for their lego creation from the virginia Frontier Culture Museum.  It's a german barn and they took photos of the inside of the tile roof, the kitchen and a breakaway of the wattle and daub.  Photos at the bottom of the page here.

Next week, when things are open again, I'll have a better look for a modern tile that is medieval enough.  Otherwise, we'll have to make our own.


Mar. 15th, 2010 06:47 pm
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Today at work I went to the fridge to get my mid morning yoghurt.  To get to it I had to reach past a large box, with dutch writing on it, except they'd mis-spelled "Oma" as "Ouma".  Something was not right!  and I had to investigate.
Even stranger, it turned out to be a box of rusks, with muesli in them!!
Rusks are the food of my childhood.  Spread with butter and then either sugar or hagel (chocolate sprinkles) I have very positive associations!!!  They don't come in a box, they come in a roll.  They are white bread and they don't have weird flavours.
They're South African.  And I would like to try the buttermilk, and the muesli ones.
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"mindless acts of pointless martyrdom"

I'm also making a feed for the Free Range Kids blog.

I'm sure I'll be regularly outraged.

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I grew up in the nuclear era.  I was convinced that I wouldn't make it to be as old as I am now.  I really identified with the paragraph below, from an article that erudito linked to

Like the White Queen in Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass, I find it useful to practice imagining these "impossibilities" a little bit each day. "When I was younger I always did it for a half an hour a day," the Queen tells Alice. "Why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
It is not bad to think of these impossibly dark possibilities. Contemplating one's own death, or even the death of billions, feels impossible, even though it is always a certainty from the day of our birth. Reflecting on death is an important part of spiritual practice in many different traditions. A little bit each day is a great way to focus life on really important matters. Taking the White Queen's lead, I try to do my imaginings before breakfast, so I can focus the rest of the day on accentuating and appreciating the positive in life.

The article goes on to talk about the single book that would be most useful to a group of people left after a catastrophic natural event.  The author suggests a super eruption which would leave the US covered in about 20m of volcanic dust and trigger an ice age.

It's really a sales pitch or review of a book about the history of the world.  And the author suggests that we all need to know about the progression of our current civilisation through hunter gathering, agriculture and the industrial revolution.  Those survivors, the article suggests, should know about the periodic table so they can understand how to get the metal for spaceships.

I think I'd rather have a book that talks about the crafts we don't have anymore.  Stuff that means that I can make stuff, grow stuff and deliver babies safely. 

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From an article in The Age;

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Explore the vegie garden with a story and gardening fun (Jan 6, 14, 19 & 20, 10am-11am, ages 4-8, $10). Ian Potter Children's Garden, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra. Tel: 9252 2429,

Abbotsford Convent's new Supper Market, Fridays 6pm-10pm to Feb 26, Heliers St, Abbotsford,

Melbourne Museum Get up close to the animals in Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World with activities themed around this new permanent display including making an animal mask in Creature Features (Dec 26-Jan 31, daily 11am-3pm); or take part in a 20-minute Wild party in the Milarri Garden with music, dance and games (Jan 1-31, noon, 1pm & 2pm). Open daily 10am-5pm (closed Dec 25). Nicholson St, Carlton. $8, child/conc free, all activities included in entry. Tel: 131 102,

NICA @ Fed Square Try your hand at basic circus skills at fun drop-in workshops with experienced NICA trainers. Suits all ages. Jan 14-Mar 18, Mondays noon-2pm. Fed Square Amphitheatre, city. Free.

ACMI The bumper program of films includes the popular Kids' Classics with free screenings of Eloise: Little Miss Christmas and the all-chimp spy spoof series from the 1970s Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (Dec 14-Jan 30, Mon-Fri 11am, Sat 11.15am). The Kids' Flicks program screens nine films including Meet Me in St Louis (G), The Muppet Christmas Carol (G), Tarzan, the Ape Man (G), Dunston Checks In (G), Curious George (G) and the computer-animated Space Chimps (G) (Dec 13-Jan 30, dates vary, 1pm; $5). ACMI Cinemas, Fed Square, city. Tel: 8663 2200,,

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame's story of life on the riverbank is an established family fave. Dec 29-Jan 30 (no shows Jan 1 or 26), 11am & 6pm, Tues-Sat. Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Gate F, South Yarra. $25, group of four $90. Tel: 1300 122 344 or 136 100,

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Today I went to an ACF rally about Climate Change, and a woman from Tuvulu talked about higher king tides washing away houses and farmland.  And then, as I was reading an article suggesting that the current cuts suggested at Copenhagen are still likely to result in a 3 degree temperature rise, I suddenly thought, "hey, the disaster's really going to happen this time".

When I thought about my response,  I realised that none of the worries of the future I had in my childhood and young adulthood have come to pass.  We have not had a nuclear war, the world didn't end on 1 Jan 2000, and the hole in the ozone layer is basically under control. 

Subconciously, my brain has been putting climate change into the same bucket, with the same likely conclusion.  I wonder how many other people have the same response going?

Edit: How many other people think that climate change will be resolved somehow, based on this erroneous thinking? 
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I really like this dress


It's worth reading the blurb, because it means that I know there is a full length version

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First I read this post and the words,
" 1. A bra. A corset. A supportive underdress. Something. Anything. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, spare us those, unfettered, in a "bog dress." Please."

Later, in the comments, someone else wrote,
unless a person is under the age of 12, or has an A cup or smaller, "the girls" should generally be harnessed in the company of acquaintenances or strangers. I don't care WHO the person is or HOW WELL "the girls" behave in the presence of gravity.

While I don't see bra's as a patriarchal imposition,  I do think that women should be able to choose to wear or not wear, for themselves, and I considered what my response/comment should be.  Because that went so well for me last time.

Anyway, I needed more information about the style of dress - what's a "bog dress"?  Here's what I found:

Nice picture here -
Nice video here -
Pictures of reconstructions here-  Confusingly, that site describes the Woman as wearing,
"a fur cape made out of sheepskin and a skirt woven with natural-coloured wool."  That doesn't look like a skirt to me, more like a peplos but might be a translation problem.
I quite like this dress diary -, but feel a bit uncomfortable with the Kohler reference.

I won't be commenting on the snark post  - I've got it out of my system now but you should be able to choose whether or not to wear a breast supporting garment or not - for yourself, and people shouldn't judge you based on that decision.

a man sitting next to me suggested that the snarker's stance on bra wearing could be compared to hat wearing; everyone in the SCA should be required, from peer group pressure, to wear a hat/head covering.  Anybody who doesn't is just a hussy! (men included)

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According to this handy website - ; I should whip it and then freeze it.
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Play - it's done for it's own sake, leads one to the next stage of mastery, appears purposeless, and includes a feeling of timelessnessness (outside of time)

I'm so glad reading counts.

I'm listening to this podcast about play.  there's also this fabbo slideshow and this description of the different types of play

I'd love to play with these rings, but I think my huge hips (and consequential low centre of gravity) will mean that I won't be able to enjoy them like these people can.  I wonder what similar thing I could play with?  I should go climbing more often.

I'm constantly thinking of all the SCA play I do/have done :)  What's next?

Other notes:
Rough and tumble play reduces violence in later life - it helps develops empathy and trust.  In a study of murderers NONE had engaged in rough and tumble play.

Play prepares for an evolving planet

Without play there is no irony

The difference between competition (good) and contest (bad). 

Keeping their bodies safe and endangering their souls

I got here via who's written lots of stuff that strikes a chord for me:

Identify the essentials and just/only do them
Write a list of the things you have done
Setting limits on your "stuff to do" list

Of course, none of this is getting my bedroom cleaned up (essential if I'm to get dressed today, or tomorrow, or next week before work), or getting me into work to pick up the stuff I want/need to do this weekend.  but I have to get dressed first, dear Henry.

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It seems like a good idea, but I feel a bit intimidated. It takes me twice the time they say it is reasonable for me to take.

Maybe they should draw another map for slightly overweight, unfit, over 40's women - then I'd feel like I really had no excuse.

I'm progressively working on some of what stops me from riding to work: I now have nice lights, a reflective jacket and a basket on the back of my bike for my back pack.

It's taken me so long this summer to get myself re-organised that now I have to find gloves/mittens and ear warmth so I can avoid the skull pain I get from the temperature difference between the inside of my head and the cold earlobes as I ride in the morning.

Every morning I find a new excuse/reason to avoid riding, this morning it was because i still haven't really gotten over my cold from last week.
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I can see I'm going to lose a bit of my time to learning a language here -


Mar. 14th, 2009 06:16 pm
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People who are interested in Lutes could look here -


Mar. 4th, 2009 11:05 pm
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Say hello to [ profile] chestnut_nag!

We set up her journal tonight, in between cuddling babies (mine and hers)
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I know I have a list of other stuff I need to make, but, thanks to a post on the lochac list, I found out about women's caps including an extant one from a swedish saint.

Take a look here -

I'm amused that there are descriptions of people wearing these caps under another veil - that's similar to what I've ben doing lately.

I think it might be good if there were an LJ feed of this blogger, can someone with an account set one up?

ETA: thanks to [ profile] doushkasmum it's here -
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Is on this weekend and there are a bunch of nifty brochures I picked up for stuff I would consider using.

I think the coolest is the the veggie bed you can buy, installed for $695. What a fabbo business idea!!

I also found another co-housing group, who look like they might manage something in the area I'm interested in living. nThe person who started it is someone I've heard of in a professional capacity, and is an architect. I think it likely that this could come off.

I think I'll be buying one of these bicycle bags, especially as they seem to have a local distributor.

I've been looking longingly at this bike/shopping trolley for a while now, but I have a tricycle that fits the same niche and does other stuff besides.

I'm also now experimenting with a menstrual cup and some fabric pads. The cup is a bit of a challenge, but I'm giving it the weekend to get easier.
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