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Gruff
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:22 am    Post subject: Happy Christmas! Reply with quote

I just wanted to wish everyone a jovial Christmas and a felicitous new year!

Looking forward to seeing you all in a wet field somewhere in 2010... Very Happy
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Belated season's greetings to you all!
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Rachel the Spy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy and successfull New Year.

Did anyone get anything exciting in their Christmas stockings?
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got Cromwell's Head and Cromwell's War Machine!

I also got a lovely leather hide and I'm now wracking my brains over what to do with it (Not thick enough for Cockers, not thin enough for gauntlets - I'm considering a singlet). DVD-wise I got the Blackadder Christmas Carol, Rhod Gilbert Live and GENESIS OF THE DALEKS!!!!! (My favourite Dr. Who story of all time!)

Not bad altogether!
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing knotty this year. A book on I.33 (the thirteenth century sword-and-buckler manual), a breadmaker, a model bridge and some little plastic archers and billmen for the Wars of the Roses.
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bluefish



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Gordon and Alicia. We're having a great time in Texas. See you all soon Very Happy
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Abs



Joined: 12 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got lots of bits and bobs to set myself up for lacemaking, as well as the usual girly smellies, chocs etc.
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The Huntsman of Soest



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What ho and Happy New Year. I can now confirm I have reached middleagedom as I am now the proud owner of.... a packet of hankies. Thanks Mum.

As for your leather hide Gareth, A jerkin (seventeenth century name for sleeveless doublet) is a great idea. I have one being made for me using the pattern on page 70 of Janet Arnold. Tres chic.
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saskia



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a chocolate snowman, a packet of orange chocolae and a elephant
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Rachel the Spy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year Everyone.

Saskia - Stephen says African or Indian?

Stephen had a George Silver book and an Iai video for Christmas, I got a necklace, Wii fit plus and a catapult.

Which muster are we likely to meet at first next year?

Rachel
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caldicot I would have thought... Question

Huntsman: Are you having your Jerkin made of Buff leather, or at least leather thick enough to butt-stitch?

If so I may have to put the Jerkin idea on hold as the leather I've been given probably isn't thick enough to butt-stitch. However, it's probably a little too thick to saddle stitch with the seams on the inside. Hmmph!
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The Huntsman of Soest



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fine Christmas haul everyone has had.

Gruff, my jerkin is very soft almost chammy leather, lined with fustian. There a couple of surviving examples (mainly from late sixteenth century) stitched as a cloth one would be (again in Janet Arnolds book). The main function (apart from to look cool) is presumably to slow down wear on the woolen doublet beneath.

Interestingly I understand that many of the buttons on them (at least up the front) were not functional, and could not be buttoned up, allowing the jerkin to hang open on a comehither way.

What a fascinating hobby we have.
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Lizwardo



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year everyone! Had loads of lovely Christmas pressies, including a lovely cosy pair of handknitted socks from a certain Mr and Mrs Hunt. My future in-laws gave me a few cookbooks; do you think they're trying to tell me something?! The only history related thing I got was a book called The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. It's a fictional novel about the Salem witch trials, based on the author's ancestor who was executed as a witch. She's currently working on a prequel set during the English Civil War so I'll look forward to reading that!

Not really a Christmas thing but as it happened over Christmas I'll mention it here anyway, I've had the offer of a musket (from Justyn Thomas). It's too big for me really (it comes up to Justyn's shoulders and he's significantly taller than me) but I can always see how I get on with it, and Ben is thinking of taking up musket in the not too distant future and it would be ideal for him Smile
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds great!

When will he be getting a powder-blue doublet to go with it? Wink
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saskia



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a wooden indian elephant.
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