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so, crown tourney.
The drive up was awesome.  The weather was great, we didn't leave overly late, darkwolfie drove the whole way, traffic wasn't bad, and the border crossing was super easy.  We ran into other members of the Royal Household and had dinner in the hotel "resto-bar", which was okay, but not as fabulous as the prices would make one think.  I could NOT get to sleep, though; I was up till the wee sma's.

Today was an entirely different story.  We went out to brekky with the same couple, which was nice (I had a crepe AS BIG AS MY HEAD with coconut, chocolate syrup and creme anglaise, which included a complimentary angioplasty), but as we were leaving the restaurant, it started to rain, and it only let up a few times ALL DAY.  It was cold, it was rainy, I didn't get to debut my new Viking Jorvik boots, and did I mention it was cold?  I ran around all day in sneakers with my skirt hiked up into my belt so it wouldn't drag on the grass and a) trip me and b) get all muddy and wet.  My cloak did a decent job of keeping me warm, if not dry -- I should buy some linen and line it.

Wolfie and I both heralded lists for the tourney.  He did very well; I was quite proud.  He is now the proud owner of his very own heraldic stick.  It's like the Spirit Stick from Bring It On, except it's all white, with no spanglies, and if you drop it, you don't go to Hades, you just have to bend over and pick it up.  Okay, it's actually nothing like the Spirit Stick from Bring It On, other than it's a stick.  But he has one.  I got quite a few compliments on my voice, and my list runner -- in fact, all the list runners were fabulous.  Not a single mistake, always Johnny-On-The-Spot, and none of them spoke English as a first language, whereas only one of the list heralds spoke French.

I got "fired" around the quarter-final; darkwolfie and I went in to the merchants and bought these lovely woolen hoods lined with flannel -- SO warm and yummy.  Mine is a charcoal black with a red lining, while Wolfie's is brown with a green lining.  It's going to look really awesome with the brown linen undertunic and green wool overtunic I'm going to make for him for Panteria.  I know that I could make hoods like that, but realistically, between now and Panteria in three week's time -- am I actually going to do it?  Probably not.  So I spent a few bucks and now we have hoods to help keep us warm.  It's all good.  I also bought 5 yards of wool from Freya -- 3 yards of plaid to make darkwolfie a tunic, and 2 yards of houndstooth to make an apron dress for me.  We're going to look GREAT at Panteria.  I'll post pics of them when I get a chance.

The semi-final was Kelson, Thorson, Griffith and Lucan, with Lucan and Griffith advancing to the finals.  It was a  loooooooong final.  Lots of sizing each other up and making little sorties that didn't amount to anything, and them WHAM.  It was 1-1 going into the last bout, it was still raining and we were all freezing and I was shooting pics like a crazy woman and I REALLY wanted to get a shot of the last clash... and mrgrumpybear came up to me and asked me to read some pieces of business at Court which was GREAT butImissedtheshot!  Ah well.  I tried to get pics of Lucan crowning Jana, but the angle was bad.  I got some nice shots of Brion crowning Lucan, though, and I'll upload those and all the other pics when I get a moment.

Court was neat.  I teamed up with a Francophone and we read each bit of business in French and English.  I bobbled a couple of times, but overall, I think I did okay.  I may be soloing at Court at Panteria.  Whee.

Feast was LONG.  Apparently that's how they do stuff up here -- looooong pauses between courses so people can visit and stuff, whereas those of us from l'Etats-Unis just wanted to be fed so we could get the hell back to the hotel.  It was tasty, though.  Poor darkwolfie was falling asleep in his chair.  We finally bailed at around 11.

I got a lovely compliment from Her Majesty -- she said she was looking across the field at darkwolfie and I, and she said we looked really picturesque.  I thought that was really sweet.  We're finally starting to look like I think we should, and I couldn't be more thrilled.  He looked fabulous.  He really did, and I made no bones about telling him.  I don't think he'd ever admit it, but I'm sure he was really tickled, even if I did make him show the gores in the armpit of his tunic to like three or four different people.  :-)

All in all, I think was a good day, even if it was cold and rainy.  And being here with darkwolfie and our friends made it better by orders of magnitude.  I'm a very, very lucky girl.

i feel: tired tired

6 trips or shoot the rapids
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 7th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That would be lovely, on all counts!
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: May 7th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC) (base camp)
oh yay, anyone you like this much must be worth meeting.
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: May 7th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ah, sounds so fun. Makes me miss the very short exposure to SCA I had.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 7th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Other than the cold and rain, it was.
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: May 7th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I have boots from the same maker. I wear them in all weather and love them. Did you get his directions for making them water repellent? It works.
Love my boooooooooooots.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 7th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hadn't had a chance to do it yet, and I haven't yet stretched them out enough for socks, so I didn't want my feet to get cold. I'll have to get some of the water repellent stuff, definitely.
6 trips or shoot the rapids