Saturday, May 26, 2012

a day at war

I spent the day with 300 people who care more about what makes them happy than what other people think is silly. I shot a longbow next to marksmen so talented that people parted ways to let them through, reputation as strong as Moses's hands. I spent the day with men in kilts, women in long dresses (or armor), and watching craftsmen work with blacksmith's bellows and Damascus steel. I saw embroidery, and children without electronics listening to stories. I saw dogs running and playing around toddlers and barefoot companions by burning campfires where food roasted and turned. I was hot and I didn't care. I was sunburnt and it felt like blessing. And I tied for my best score ever out there on the archery range and shot enough deer targets to fill my imaginary meat freezer with enough venisons to feed a clan.

Life in the current middle ages is pretty great. And my next big event is War Camp in Warrensburg, NY. A day where equestrians will be out and I'll be damned if I won't be up there with Merlin and a jousting spear in my shaking hands one fine day.

Don't let anyone tell you not to do what makes you shine.


Blogger Kaye said...

You are so brave. My heroine!

May 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Kaye said...

Yeah for you. You are so brave! My heroine.

May 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Good job, Jenna!

I can hardly wait for the Highland Games I'll be attending next weekend.

May 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh Jenna. You've single handedly made me miss the SCA so much. I've been debating on whether to get back into it - it seems like such a challenge with three kids. But...I think we will! I miss it!

May 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger City Girl said...

Sounds like fun, Jenna! Have you chosen a medieval name yet?


May 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Desert Willow said...

I couldn't agree more! It's FUN! My best customers are in the SCA, they are enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, not silly in the least :) I love the fiber arts of the time personal passion. Merlin will look fantastic at an event, he reminds me of a fairytale........ now that would be fun.

May 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...


May 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

Jenna, You are awesome to do this!!

In 1974 (yes a long time ago), I jousted a little bit. What a rush. And it's not that difficult really.

Then I started cross-country, then I played polo....but I actually did joust. And I would like to do it again. hmmmm I don't have a Fell pony or a nice Irish Draught...just a TB. sigh.

May 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I like the sound of that, people who do what makes them happy and not worrying if others think they are silly.
Sounded like a great outing.

May 27, 2012 at 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way to spend a day. Blessed are you!

May 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

A sounds like a blast, Jenna! Wish we were there! Shine on!

May 27, 2012 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

cowgirl! its mostly people's riding horses (a LOT of cowponies!) at these events. Merlin will be a rarity, look at the SCA equetrian events page and you'll see people's haflingers, quarterhorses, TBs, warmbloods, and shetland ponies!

May 27, 2012 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Sassafrass said...

Hey there finally figured out how to do this! Was @ your plan B and must say girl, awesome to meet you and be among friends!! LOVE THE ARCHERY!! You have single handedly opened up a whole new world!! Just so you know :)

May 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
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May 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

My boss jousts Jenna! Google chivalric productions!

May 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Vermonster said...

OMG! You've joined the SCA! Well, I guess it was just a matter of time.

May 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Vermonster said...

OMG! You've joined the SCA. Well, I guess it was just a matter of time.

May 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM  

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