Masthead header

2015 Medieval Season

As we begin the month of February, excitement is building throughout Blackwolf as we anticipate the start of the 2015 medieval season in Queensland.

We are busily learning new skills and mastering old ones, building new additions to our medieval bedouin camp, and adding some new features to the demonstrations we’ll be giving.

We’re also looking forward to more consistent posting here on our Blackwolf website, sharing stories and tutorials, photos and guides to the clothing, food, weaponry, medicine, and other aspects of medieval life.

Back to top|Contact me

Blackwolf Members at History Alive

Blackwolf is comprised of people from all over medieval Europe and the Middle East. Today we’ll introduce you to a few of them, then delve into their back stories, garb, and personas in the months to come.

Our fearless leader, the French Duke.

Our newest member, a medieval Englishwoman.

The Scottish soldier.

Our medieval Berber woman.

The Mad Turk, Turkish Warrior.

Medieval Finnish Shaman.

We have several other members who weren’t able to make it to History Alive, but we hope to get them in full regalia soon.

What is your favorite medieval culture?

Back to top|Contact me

Blackwolf Encampment at History Alive

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!!

Back to top|Contact me

Medieval Sore Throat Treatment

With winter coming on, it is definitely the season for colds and sore throats. If you had a sore throat in medieval times, you wouldn’t be able to ease your suffering with a bottle of cough syrup. Instead you might try something like this medieval remedy for sore throats: Sage and Thyme Throat Gargle.

It is simple to make, soothing to the throat, and has a fresh scent that revives.

Simply pick equal portions of fresh sage and fresh thyme. Rinse them well to remove any bugs, dirt, or cobwebs, then place in a non-reactive saucepan or bowl.

Cover with just boiled water and steep to desired strength – I like to let mine cool in the hot water to get out as much goodness as possible.

Then strain the mixture into a sterilized glass jar. Tuck in additional sprigs of sage and thyme if you like. It does make it look pretty and less like a green hued mystery liquid. If you make a lot of medieval medicines, it also helps you remember what is in each bottle if you can take a quick glance and see the familiar stems of sage and thyme.

Store the mixture in the fridge until ready to use. Gargle as necessary or sip as a tea if you can handle the intense herbaceous flavor.

What is your favorite home remedy for sore throats?

NOTE: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Be sure to consult your physician before consuming any medicine, medieval or otherwise.

Back to top|Contact me

Working with Leather and Wood

It was great weather for working outside when Ann, Neil, and joined the Duke and Poppit on Sunday to tackle a few more projects before History Alive in a few weeks.

We may have been distracted by visiting like mad over numerous cuppas, but we still managed to get a lot of work done.

The Duke gave Sue further instruction in wood-working and now she’s wielding a drill like a pro! She is nearly finished her beautiful wooden medieval box which will double as a seat and storage.

Neil taught Poppit some essential leather working techniques, and she and Ann put them to good use finishing up the stall tables for the medieval medicine display and Stacey’s bone work and candle display.

They also started cutting, sewing, and pining the tarps and chair covers and hopefully those will be done within the next week or so. Ann is putting together a new loom and has designed a back strap for a medieval chair.

Neil finished making a new belt for the Duke. It is made of very strong leather to hold up under the weight of a staggering array of knives and daggers.

The Duke started work on his new device and Poppit made three new medieval medicines for her display. We hope to share those later this week.

What projects are you excited about?

Back to top|Contact me