A somewhere project by Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie
The best weekend ever!!
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 – 7:09 PM by Annis Webster the dairymaid

In other words, i've just done the kentwell michaelmas recreation. although i only did 1/2 of it (stupid education!) i enjoyed it twice as much as the high summer.br / I was in the dairy again (i dont know if ive already said this) and i didnt do very much, the first few ...

Getting ready
Friday, September 23, 2005 – 6:09 AM by Annis Webster the dairymaid

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Propaganda posters & some new recruits!

Thursday, September 22, 2005 – 7:09 PM
by Nina

"Vounteer Housewife" by Showell
"Vounteer Housewife" by Showell
From the National Archives (unknown date)

As the Tudors are preparing for the Michaelmas mini (which sadly we can't attend) we're logging all our tapes from the last two events and starting on extended research for the next WW II event.

Interested in doing some more actual 'art making' within the re-creations we've been looking into WW II poster campaigns. Today I discovered this amazing site from the National Archives, which has loads of fantastic images and details about all the artists.

We also signed up a new blogging family as recruits today ... Mariot, Clem and Kitty welcome on board and have a good weekend at Kentwell ...

getting ready
Thursday, September 22, 2005 – 4:09 PM by Jenn

Right ruffs all washed, jewellery found etc - need some cutlery which I locked safe in a wooden box but can't find the key! Just got to remember how to be a Tudor - have just been checking the rough outline of Judith's life. br /I think she might be pregnant again by this ...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 – 12:09 AM by Mariot Clem and Kitty

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We are a family of home educators, who live in London and three years ago we were persuaded to become Tudor reenactors at Kentwell Hall, by other home educators who had been doing this ...

Monday, September 19, 2005 – 7:09 PM by Jenn

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How i got here!
Sunday, September 4, 2005 – 6:09 PM by Annis Webster the dairymaid

i suppose some of you want to know how i got to participate/ know about kentwell, then again probably you don't, but i shall tell you anyway!br /Well, my mum promised me that she would take me to the Great Tudor Recreation for ages! and so she took me last year with my best ...

Cooking, Sixteenth-Century Style
Saturday, September 3, 2005 – 5:09 PM by Peronel

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My Family
Saturday, September 3, 2005 – 5:09 PM by Peronel

At Kentwell, I am known as Peronel Hawkins. Hawkins is a significant name, because it connects me with the convoluted heart of one of the largest families on the manor. The Hawkins clan – and I don’t think any of us truly know our numbers – sprawl somewhat chaotically across ...

My Tudor Hobby?

Friday, September 2, 2005 – 5:09 PM
by Nina

Can I walk away from the Butts?
Can I walk away from the Butts?
Photo: Tim Olden

As Karen has mentioned stepping out from your existing 'Tudor rap' into more diverse 'business' (re-enactment term for general day-to-day action on the Manor) can prove pretty tricky, not least with a mixed audience of more experienced re-enactors and visitors.

Our Sunday visit to the much discussed 'Butts' (you can imagine the gist of the all-female Limning Station banter about this amusingly-titled-mainly-male-station) or archery area proved, not only a language problem but in my case a top-tudor perspiration challenge. As two of the very few 'middle-class' tudors we enjoy a certain freedom of movement about the Manor (ie. we're able to enter the house and talk to the Gentry or be seen moving about the grounds) and so it didn't seem inconceivable that we might be visiting the archers. The pathetic display we put on, however, when eagerly invited to join in probably wasn't that authentic, the term 'and release' resulting in dropped arrows and barely suppressed hysteria.

Always willing to rise to a challenge though I can see us now taking this up as a Tudor hobby ... why stop at an extremely complex new trade involving 50 pigments to be prepared and learnt by heart when you can also take on sourcing and using an authentic long-bow. As Karen has quite a bad 21st century 'multiple hobby problem' perhaps I should take up the Tudor slack?

Bits and bobs
Thursday, September 1, 2005 – 7:09 PM by Annis Webster the dairymaid

i have made some juggling balls out of some woollen cloth left over from my clothes for knetwell, except i cant juggle *hmmmmmm* only with two ball though! i hav made my very own tablet loom (ages ago) and thought i would make some woollen braid, which is going pretty well, and so i ...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 – 11:09 AM by Annis Webster the dairymaid
sometime later