Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thoughts of Spring

The weather today was unusually warm (especially for January) and it almost, almost, felt like Spring. This little tease from Mother Nature was both cruel and wonderful all at the same time. It brought about thoughts of camp but at the same time teased me. Reminding me that Spring isn't really right around the corner. However the sun shine and warm air was inspiring! It brought about ideas for new garb, camp dinner menus, and memories of lazy days in the sun with wonderful people.
I've always enjoyed planning things. Call it my (one of my) strange obsessions. Planning something gives me a great satisfaction and brings about an odd feeling of joy and serenity. Making lists of gear to bring and dinner menus. Cooking at camp feels to me like meditation. It brings a peace and joy to feed those around me.

Especially when cooking over the fire on my tripod in my well worn cast iron pots. Simmering something slowly all day, watching it brew and bubble into something tasty, and the excitement when everyone enjoys eating it at dinner time. The wonder of slow cooking is something often lost these days. Getting back to the basics of truly slow cooking is such a wonder. Watching the fire to make sure its just right and the things cooking aren't boiling over or even worse not cooking at all! It really is a delight! So with thoughts of slowing down and taking a moment to savor every minute you can with those you love I leave you with this picture of me getting ready to cook at camp. The picture comes from Northern War Camp 2011 taken by Chris Manoharan.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Vision for the Future

Soon enough I'll have a whole new blog to plot out my course into the future. For now this same old blog will just have to do. The "big plan" is to be on the road full time by Spring 2013 traveling with the Renaissance Fair circuit. I fell in love with the Ren Fair back when my parents first brought me back when I was about 12. Ever since then I've had a love for garb and all the wonderful play acting that Ren Fair brings. Fast f
orward many years later. I've gone to my local Ren Fair every year since my family first brought me and loved it every time. It was always sad when the season was over. About two years ago I bumped into an old friend who did reenactment with the SCA (I'll elaborate more on this another day) but my dream of more then just garb was born. I enjoyed camping and living as a Viking for a few weekends each summer. Life was turned upside down for a while as some major life changes took place. After that I know I had to follow this dream of mine. I needed to follow the sun, along with a dream I had for so long.

Each day I'll try and tell a little more of my story and how I'm preparing for this big change. My goal is to be on the road by the Spring of 2013. I figured setting a goal would help keep me on track as far as getting everything done I need to before I know I can undergo this adventure.
Along with telling about my adventure, each day I shall post a picture for inspiration. It might be from the Ren Fair or it could be from my reenactment adventures. Some will be ones I have taken, and some will be from other artists I admire.
Today's inspiring Ren Fair picture comes from my own collection from the summer of 2010 when I worked for Moresca at Sterling Renaissance Festival.