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2009-07-28 09:31 pm

what causes offence?

hmm. I might be posting from here more often. Normally I don't notice the adds on LJ BUT.. in the past couple of weeks the Evony ads have SO been getting up my nose.  "Start your journey now my lord" accompanied by an overabundance of cleavage.. eeuw!! ickck! they have the wrong audience and I'm not liking it. I sort of want to visit to see if it is as bad as it seems but I'm afraid that it will be so I haven't. I'm squinting in revulsion as I write this.
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2009-07-06 08:45 pm
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a triumph! make that two

This weekend I attended two of the best SCA events I ever have. Lots of other people did too. Go the autocrats, cooks and all their helpers.

Friday was great. An open, relaxed but stylish feel. Great food- YUMMY! no suprises there but worth saying. I missed last court of their previousness's due to work being greedy with my time. Great to see everybody. We sang, just for fun, probably too much. Old orange Durer fit really well, better than expected. Still my specciest gown. There was a fountain on the groaning board! just like old times and fabulous for being so. Rushed away to take her pregnant excellancy away to her needed rest.

Sat. a big rush to get there with promised ingredients after more sleeping in than planned for. Hall looked great. Those banners really worked. One of the most elegantly decorated halls ever I say. Courts were elegantly brief- what they needed to be with some touching touches but not extended, over done or controversial. We sang the sing for their new maj's processional and it worked! well even! Food was really good, tasty, attractive and plentiful. Yay for the lasagne, turks head, cherry pottage and dessert bikkies especially.  Frocks were grand, my new black Durer isn't very speccy but I do like it and it's as comfy as they come. People were lovely (with a notable exception during a particular peerage meeting but pah to him). Helped a bit to tidy. Was torn about leaving until we realised that one set of house guests had headed home without a key to get in.

I didn't make the Sunday tourney. Never really meant to I suppose- running on ragged edge of sanity and care factor. Pity 'cause if it was on separately in a week or two I would be keen. Caught up instead with some rarely seen nearest and dearest. I hear people who went had a good time- needfully drunken in some cases. I am so looking forward to the unstructured nature of the next few weeks. Am feeling a NEED for quiet headspace. Have spent the last fortnight with pretty much every time slot booked, accounted for and a bit stressy. I need SPACE! and I didn't run the events!

Not enjoying the fact that I have discovered Event Guilt. Made worse by this weekend's extravagence being run by my household and almost household. I did some but struggled to enjoy the events wholeheartedly for guilt at not doing more. Silly me. 

I must however be doing some useful stuff. Was rather touched to be awarded a silver drakkar, cut from the baroness's gown no less. Amusingly (?) broke my 20yr society record of no service awards. Mayhap I have done enough in 20yrs to deserve one so I shan't feel I don't deserve it. Was sort of fun to have basically only A+S awards though AoA and Viscounty have service elements I suppose.

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2009-06-29 03:24 pm
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What a Wedding

Perhaps I should say what MUSIC!

I'm back home, suffering a mild case of wine flu and very, very glad I organised to have today off work. I am puttering about tidying up and putting clothes through the new washing machine. While doing so I have repeated reruns of "Zadoc the priest" running through my head.

What an ambitious piece to plan, performed live, as the processional for a wedding. It was FABULOUS. Beautiful proper pipe organ, ~9 voice choir and two trumpets to top it off. Oh so wonderful. I do hope it was all A hoped for. It was surely far more glorious than I expected. Since I got there with some of the choir members, I got to hear it not once but 3 times!

This is the church, looking back towards the main door. Very beautiful, very historic

I got some decent shots of the choir too but won't show them here.

The ceremony was lovely and both bride and groom were sweet, well spoken and well dressed. But the MUSIC! In addition to Zadoc there was some impressive piano playing from a young (~8?) nephew of the bride. Then a choral recessional. Also very pleasant incidental music from both organ and choir while we waited for the rather late bride.  Oh, and live music for dancing at the reception, by family members no less.

The other high point for me was the one dance I got at the reception. I didn't know when he asked me but the gentleman who asked me to dance turned out to be a trained ballroom dancer. I felt like an uncoordinated lump to start with but started to settle into the waltz not long before the music finished. It is SUCH a treat to dance with someone good. Wow. Now I want to do more dancing.

Besides the wedding I really enjoyed spending quality time with good friends that I don't get to see nearly often enough. So nice to reconnect. Some very notable exceptions. Just can't see everyone in one weekend unless the right parties are scheduled.

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2009-06-21 10:09 am
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Outfit success

One of the things that was stressing me this weekend was clothes for the next two. Feeling a bit better now because
-I have found an outfit for the wedding that is warm, packable and (hopefully) elegant. Actually I have two to decide between, both mostly black.
-My new, unworn, though made 4-5yrs ago embroidered chemise works well enough with the newish black Durer frock. Yay, I have something new to wear to Baronial changeover. The sleeves are a bit short, the chemise was made for a loose sleeved gown. For a gown with puffy bits it needs to be longer. I thought I was losing a bit of weight, black frock feels a bit looser. Not sure if this is a good thing or not
-The orange Cranach fits in its recombobulated expanded state. Only problem is the shoulders are firmer than I would like.
Whew, this is good.

So on the further list for today
-clear a path for the washing machine delivery men. This incidentally will encourage me to tidy the hallway
-clear the two  other "guest" rooms
-vac
-lay out clothes for the next two weekends
-play with the new machine after it gets here
-go visit sjkasabi if time and everyone's exhaustion allows.

Hope I can keep focus for all this. Really I feel brain low and tired. Maybe I shall knit some more sock first(this is being fun and looking like it's working). Maybe I should clear the hall and then knit sock, that sounds good.
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2009-06-21 10:09 am
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Outfit success

One of the things that was stressing me this weekend was clothes for the next two. Feeling a bit better now because
-I have found an outfit for the wedding that is warm, packable and (hopefully) elegant. Actually I have two to decide between, both mostly black.
-My new, unworn, though made 4-5yrs ago embroidered chemise works well enough with the newish black Durer frock. Yay, I have something new to wear to Baronial changeover. The sleeves are a bit short, the chemise was made for a loose sleeved gown. For a gown with puffy bits it needs to be longer. I thought I was losing a bit of weight, black frock feels a bit looser. Not sure if this is a good thing or not
-The orange Cranach fits in its recombobulated expanded state. Only problem is the shoulders are firmer than I would like.
Whew, this is good.

So on the further list for today
-clear a path for the washing machine delivery men. This incidentally will encourage me to tidy the hallway
-clear the two "guest" rooms
-vac
-lay out clothes for the next two weekends
-play with the new machine after it gets here
-go visit sjkasabi if time and everyone's exhaustion allows.

Hope I can keep focus for all this. Really I feel brain low and tired. Maybe I shall knit some more sock first(this is being fun and looking like it's working). Maybe I should clear the hall and then knit sock, that sounds good.
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2009-06-20 10:11 pm
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diversion- in the not amusing sense

I have spent most of my useful time today dealing with washing machines in one way or another. NOT what i had planned for today. Trying to make the old one work first, then figuring out which one I wanted to buy, then going and buying one. It is supposed to be delivered tomorrow and the old one taken away. I will be sad to see the old one go. It was the first serious house thing I ever bought and has been my (mostly) faithful servant for 17yrs. We've been through a lot together- lived in lots of houses, and or laundries, dyed fabric, dyed the wall, washed countless loads of clothes and yardage.

I am joining the ranks of front loader owners. I am somewhat keen to give this a try but am trepidacious about it after using top loaders all my life. That wash cycle length is going to be seriously annoying. I shall have to keep reminding myself of the improvement in water efficiency. Also I am truly hoping that my clothes end up incrementally cleaner.

hmm, much of tomorrow will go to washing machine issues too I suppose. Don't know when it will be delivered and then it will need to be installed and tried out of course. Hopefully I will have chance to go see sjkasabi and co in the arvo. I MUST pack for the weeding trip.

Does anyone still have a top loader? want some washing powder?
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2009-06-20 07:27 pm
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where am I?

testing a cross post from dreamwidth. I have an account over there that I made ages ago but have done nothing with. So does this cross post work?

I am a bit conflicted about account names. I have been wishing that my LJ account name was less easily linked to me. So I made a new name on dreamwidth, "elegentry", which I love but then proceeded to upload all the old montjoye journal to it. Der. Then forgot about dreamwidth for ages so there is now a gap in the montjoye posts to it. Also I am enjoying being montjoye in another forum. Um, don't really know what I am trying to do with this.

OK the cross post worked. Do edit updates go over too? Is it sad that I am doing this on a Sat night?
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2009-06-20 07:27 pm
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where am I?

testing a cross post from dreamwidth. I have an account over there that I made ages ago but have done nothing with. So does this cross post work?

I am a bit conflicted about account names. I have been wishing that my LJ account name was less easily linked to me. So I made a new name on dreamwidth, "elegentry", which I love but then proceeded to upload all the old montjoye journal to it. Der. Then forgot about dreamwidth for ages so there is now a gap in the montjoye posts to it. Also I am enjoying being montjoye in another forum. Um, don't really know what I am trying to do with this.

OK the cross post worked. Do edit updates go over too? Is it sad that I am doing this on a Sat night?
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2009-06-20 10:01 am
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inconvenience and expense

It's going to be a suprisingly expensive month. I wrote about the tellie dying in a puff of smoke and it's subsequent replacement. Now my grumpy 17yr old washing machine has given up the ghost. It hasn't been leaving things very clean. I have noticed that it's cycles are a bit confused, doing spray rinse when it is supposed to be spinning dry for instance.

Then last Sunday I washed the big piece of coating wool I had just bought for Erudito. The fabric was too flat and stiff, wanted to puff it up and soften it. Well I managed that. It shed VAST amounts of lint. I really mean VAST. Below is a pic of some of it. In addition the lint filter was overflowing, there is plenty spread about the bathroom, garden and of course the inside of the washing machine.  It has probably choked up the pump or something.


It took much persuasion to get that load to drain and spin.
Today I thought I would try to see if a small load of blacks would wash properly. No such luck. I'm glad I went for a small load. The machine won't drain. I tried long enough to get hot electrical smell - from the straining pump I suppose. So a few dark clothes have be rinsed and squeezed out by hand, are covered in fluffy black lint and are dripping on the line. I really shouldn't have put my two new shirts in with that load eh?

So. I don't think it is worth trying to fix this old beast given it's other problems. So I have left it to try to drain by gravity and I need to go washing machine shopping. [livejournal.com profile] mrsbrown  do you still have that choice subscription?

Later I also need to try to get the dryer fixed. While I am at it, perhaps the old column heater too (that has been taking up space in the store room for years).

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2009-06-19 09:58 pm
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saner, phew

am feeling more myself thank you. Verily, PMT+grief+stress made a powerful and unpleasant mixture.

I am still feeling rather sad so will putter about this weekend achieving what I can and trying to feel good about it. I shan't write a list here, that will just stress me more, wrote it the other day anyway. I really must organise for next weekend's wedding by Sunday night as I have no free nights next week in which to pack.

Aside from all that, I am again following in doushkasmum's sock knitting footsteps. We were both intending to try knitting some toe-up socks. Again we are using the same pattern though found sort of independently. At least this time our wool is from different sources and we are using different needle styles, dpns for me and circulars for her. Anyway, I have wended my way to producing the first toe. Seems to have worked and was rather fun. Now I get to do the the plain foot while watching the stripes develop from the multicoloured wool. I bought the wool in Stirling so I am working with a souvenir of sorts from last year. Two more lots of sock wool were bought in Scotland so there is much knitting fun potential. Sock knitting is fabulous train work and seeing as I have managed to get back on the train a few days per week I do need a train project. Increases my tolerance for delay manyfold.
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2009-06-15 09:12 pm
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Terribly sad and tears making

Once apon a time I was a schoolgirl. Who had never been kissed. A chap who I quite liked showed interest and fixed the never-been-kissed part. Well time, lost time, lots of time passed in a state far, far away. This chap, my year of school, my age... passed away recently. He contracted cancer about 2yrs ago, it metastased as cancers do and took him away from this world. I hope to a better. I really hope. I know nothing to suggest he deserved anything less.

I would not have known of his death excepting his mother took special effort to call my mother. She thought, that (montjoye) would maybe like to know..... Sob.

I saw him by chance a couple of years ago for the first time since high school, maybe just before or just as he fell ill. I was shopping in my home town with my parents. He saw us/me and came to say hello. I might not have recognised him across a room but I did after he greeted us. He looked so tall and strong and happy. I have thought of this meeting many times since, in a "I'm so glad he looks so well" kind of way. SOB again. Given his mother took the trouble to let me know, I'm sure he cared more than I did about our long ago little romance. I am SO sad about this, has taken a few days to be willing to write about but I wanted to. He is worthy of a eulogy and a few tears.
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2009-06-15 06:56 pm
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Green Karma

Finally after years of procrastination, I have put my hand up for 100% green electricity. It is not as expensive as I had feared. Only costs me approx $30 extra per quarter. The website estimates it at ~$90 per quarter but calculating on the c/kWh I only get $30 for my consumption. Makes me wonder how other people manage to use that much power? I do have gas for some things I suppose and I am frugal with heating and cooling. There is also only one of me and I don't have a pool.

So, now there is some arguement for me to use MORE electricity, grin. Then they would have to build more green power sources?
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2009-06-13 01:55 pm
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shopped and dropped

I had been collecting a list of rather specific shopping needs that centred on a trip to Sydney Rd. So in 4hrs I have ticked them all off and am exhaustipated. The last segment ended with the classic "buy as much as you can carry". I was buying veges by that point so not so scary.
So now I have aquired:

-a slightly better brush attachment for my new (cheap) vacuum cleaner. Turns out I did not need to buy an extension piece for the wand- the lady introduced me to the telescoping nature of the existing wand  *blush*
-lots of yummy foodstuffs from the big mediterranean  store. Yay!
-the perfect tartan cotton to extend and scottishise my nephew's quilt
-a bolt end of divine white furnishing brocade. Looks like silk but probably isn't. I'll burn test it later +++
-a piece of teal silk crepe
-fabric for Erudito's coat. Charcoal and heavy
-veges for tonight
-brilliant yellow chrysanthemums. Cheerful to look at and I LOVE the smell.

Now I need to find the energy to put this lot away.

+++ OMG! it IS silk. 1.3m at $4/m !!Wow!! so there was a reason it called to me from across the shop. There weren't any other bits like it, I did check. Nearly bought about three others but thought as it was all on spec, I would only buy the really nice one. Glad I did.
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2009-06-08 06:32 pm
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the magic smoke

has escaped from my television! NO!

Maybe it died in protest at yet another viewing of P+P? If so, it is not the television for me.

It went pfft, then the picture went funny- sides curved inwards- but otherwise OK.
about half an hour later, magic smoke came out but the picture recovered, weird
then -no picture and gentle protesting beeping.
I have unplugged it. I think it is dead Jim. It's about 4yrs old.

The only good thing is that I can look to replace it with a skinny flat screen. Still, wasn't planning on that sort of money, grimace.

AND- I don't get to finish watching P+P
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2009-06-08 11:18 am
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oh annoyment

I just tried my newly collared, as yet armless coat on. It promises nice things for eventually, but, bother! the baggy back shoulder that I thought might need fixing...does. I saw this in the toile but wondered if I was imagining things. NO. The thing is, I need a bigger size due to bust and bum, not because of overall fat/breadth. So I need to reduce the bulk factor. Ah, here comes unpicking. At least I had not put the sleeves in yet.

See- this is one of the reasons I have been resisting commercial patterns- they just don't fit! I went with this one because I wasn't sure I could make the collar work by myself.

So, next to unpick and another round of fit adjustment before any more construction. This is taking longer than I though.

LATER:
I have been into town (to look at 'Austen' frocks with doushkasmum), a pleasant time was had.

I think I have found solutions to the horrid back fit. However, I will rest the garment now in case I have more ideas later, also because I can't SEE it. I don't have full length mirror with bright enough light to see how a matt black coat is sitting without good daylight. It's just about dark outside now . Sadly I won't have good light again while I am home until next Sat :-(

I shall have to fiddle with the armhole again too as a result of these changes, ah well. No point in putting this much effort in unless I end up with a garment that fits.
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2009-06-07 04:23 pm
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I can haz pocketses!

whew. I have just finished making 3 pockets in the black coat. It is a long time since I had done a welt pocket and I got scared of them. Actually, they weren't that hard. They are not perfect but you can hide a lot in black fuzzy fabric! Now I can proceed to worry about seaming the velvet to shiny things- eek. I shall resort to handsewing if necessary. Actually, my main problem with this whole coat process is the commercial pattern I think. I haven't worked with one for so long. I am used to having made all my own cut and construction decisions. Effectively, I have usually 'made' the garment in my head before I start. With a commercial pattern one has to take more on trust,  I feel sort of like I'm running blind.

I didn't make bash- obviously if you were there. I was pocket focussed and feeling insular.  Bonus for staying home was a fun visit from [livejournal.com profile] feralcheryl  and family including walk to park, swings, cafe coffee and cake and small mr taking great delight in gratuitous doorbell ringing. Oh, and I was gifted some homebrew by G, lovely.... which I am now drinking some of as a reward for pocketting. It's a brown ale and has to be drunk soon, what a shame.

tonight I shall feed erudito after failing to attract his attention to help eat the pork casserole last night. Something different tonight- a form of puttanesca I think. I do love a weekend with two 'Saturday' nights!

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2009-06-06 10:24 pm
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coat is started

well. I have managed to make myself start this coat.

-lining body is assembled, still to do sleeves
-wool back is assembled.
-Good wool coating is a joy to work with I must say. Soft to handle, sews, eases easily and presses like a dream.
-Silk satin in the overlocker? not so much. There was thread pulling and uncontrolled lack of ease, followed by unpicking, changing of needles and re-seaming on the regular machine. Whew.

Tomorrow I shall perhaps attempt more complex items like... pocketses!

Note to self- adding cream to pork casserole was overkill.
The casserole was otherwise great- for future reference =
two enormous pork chops, like slices of pork leg roast. some ham, white beans, potato, celery, zucchini, sage, thyme, parsley, vermouth, lemon juice, water, seasoning. 3hrs in slowish oven.

P+P is still good. First half down. Likely to go visit the Austen fashion exhibition on Monday.
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2009-06-06 02:26 pm
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bed of promise


Well romance is absent so to cheer myself up I have been working on another sort of bed.



I have been thinking about this for weeks/months. So in the last couple of hours I pulled out the french lavender that refused to flower, the yellow daisy that also didn't flower enough for my liking and was occupying the place that I mean to plant a morello cherry. Also gone is the pink flowered south african thing that had gone a bit manky and the old english lavender that was slowly rotting away.

What is left? the french lavender that DOES flower and is happily on the end next to the path, the ornamental flowering plum that is settling in, this is it's 3rd winter. Also the massive old rosemary bush and an italian lavender peeking out from behind the rosemary.

I walked down the street and brought back a bag of cow manure on my trolley. Now the exposed earth has most of a bag of manure and a bag of cheap potting mix dug through it. If we are fortunate, the sky will water it all in for me.  I'll let that settle, then go buy a few plants in a week or so, yippee. If even more fortune (or possibly sun) shines on the right bit of garden bed- some queen fabiola bulbs might come up next summer.

Gardening seems to be my most reliable antidepressant these days. Besides, now I am Warm! The two side beds are languishing unworked. I STILL haven't called up fencing people. I so must.  Though it is not such a bad idea to do this in stages. I have done enough digging for one day.

Now to decide what I will put in the oven for dinner. Maybe slow bake lamb thing?  I must do groceries. I am sitting here drinking black coffee 'cause I am completely out of milk. Hopefully I will find some enthusiasm to work on my coat. I'd much rather lay out and piece the heart quilt that is waiting in the cupboard. Fickle enthusiasms? The black coat was always more of wanting the garment than wanting to make it though.

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2009-05-31 08:28 pm
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garden things making me happy


gratuitous garden pics ) 

I am just home from the big pre-coronation singing rehearsal. It was fun, we got the piece mostly together, it was great to see everyone including a couple of new people... and I finished my new linen chemise.

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2009-05-31 12:13 pm
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doingness

-Orange Durer is now recombobulated! Thank in part to [livejournal.com profile] doushkasmum  and [profile] sacred_chao  for feeding me dinner and keeping company through all that handsewing. For those that have seen it, this is the portrait frock.

-Black coat is cut out! except the pockets which I am making up.

-clothes from yesterday's laundry stupidity have been re-washed

-I have started learning the new piece of music for Coronation. Hmm, I should have started this before this morning hey? It's not that hard but I need more time- am still working at slow speed. I have to get it roughly in my head and up to speed before this afternoon, eek.

There is a month until coronation. Do I...
- make up a pink Cranach gown to reuse the pearled gold silk stomacher from my purple gown (from first coronation)?
- make my black coat?
- make [livejournal.com profile] erudito 's coat?

#3 won't take a month but I don't have the fabric yet
#2 is ready to go but I can't do that and a gown in time
#1 I am keen on but do I really have time to get it done?