We just returned from a fantastic weekend at History Alive, full of memories that make us laugh and sigh happily when we think of them.
One of the most exciting parts of any medieval encampment is getting the camp set up.
Our Blackwolf standard fluttering in the breeze always draws attention, especially for tourists who recognize their language on the sign.
The first to go up is always the firebox. It is the hub of our camp where we huddle for warmth in the early mornings, cook all our meals, and roast marshmallows at night.
The kitchen tent provides shelter from the elements as we prepare food and cuppas throughout the day. It’s so nice to have a spot out of the wind or searing heat.
The Gathering Tent is our latest addition to camp and we love it! The long tables are a hub of activity all day long, providing a bench for washing dishes, a shady spot for meals, and a cozy place for late night revelries with our neighbors as folks gather for long talks over horns full of homemade mead.
The Bedouin tent is where we all migrate at night. It looks low and small, but inside it is spacious with ample room to stand up and stretch out. We can comfortably sleep 24 people in there! The best part is that no matter how cold, rainy, or windy it gets, we always stay snug and warm inside.
We have three booths as part of our encampment.
The Trade Booth is where our Bedouin slave girl spends her time shackled to a tent post selling handmade jewelry and beautifully wrought pieces of pottery.
The Medieval Medicine booth is the place to go to learn all about medieval surgery, medieval folk medicine, and a wee bit of magic.
Our Medieval Harem booth is where our Moroccan lady plies her trade, selling homemade beeswax candles and hand-carved bone implements, and offering a soft place to rest your head and have a refreshing drink.
It’s a great camp and we love adding to it each year, making it more interesting and informative.
We’re looking forward to Abbeystowe in just a few weeks!!