|A mixture of thrifted and NON-THRIFTED. I'll specify what I didn't buy second-hand below.|
Well, we still haven't managed to get around to it yet (I'm the hold up, sadly - been much too busy!), but the big Medieval-style feast we're planning with friends is, in theory, coming up soon!
I thought I would share what I've gathered for the feast so far, by way of inspiration if you're planning your own event. I didn't photograph most of the textiles this time around, and I forgot a thrifted olive wood cutting board that I use daily, but here's most of what's going on the table itself:
Hope it inspires you to do the same yourself! It's amazing what you can find! I've been amassing stuff for about a year now, to give you a sense of time. But if you were motivated and went every weekend to a different brocki (as many as possible), then repeated the cycle, I bet you could be fully stocked in a month or two.
Oh, one other note: THINGS I MADE! Things you can make, too!
- The beeswax candle during the Christmas holiday run-up at your Gemeinde (or Kreis, if you live in the city) primary school events ("Kerzenziehen"). That was, in retrospect, cheap, and rather fun to make. The beeswax is always very popular with the old people, while all the ankle-biters are making mud-brown paraffin candles by mixing all the colours at once (of course)! Word to the wise: go on the first day, at opening, if you want to make a coloured modern candle. By the end of the first day, all the colours are polluted! :S
- The willow basket. There's a great website that I cannot get enough of called "Jon's Bushcraft". You should definitely check it out! Next thing I'm going attempt is the nettle cordage (already ate all the leaves off the stalks in a delicious nettle soup - I recommend trying your hand at that! I just used them as I would spinach, but he's got a "bush-recipe" if you want to follow that. Or just Google for a better recipe..!). ;)
The basket's frankly hideous and it lists to one side. But I'm hoping no one will notice once I stuff it full of bread loaves or apples!
I'm really looking forward to this great feast! I'm thinking whole roasted poultry (probably just chicken, but whatever I can get at this time of year!), a roast beef or lamb or something, roasted carrots and onions (but not potatoes - they hadn't made it across the Atlantic yet!), bacon-wrapped asparagus (mmm!), apple and red cabbage stew (I make this on a regular basis anyway), and some homemade sourdough rustic bread. Maybe some baked apples and mince pies for dessert, only sans-minced meat, which is what they used to have in them. That's a yucky thought for dessert!