I am such a geek about SCA wars. They are truly my natural habitat.
So, I get to Trillium War and Berend and Mahault and Adrielle welcome me wonderfully. They help with the tent and I get set up quickly and smoothly. Mahault and Adrielle were the autocrats of the event and they did a fine job, but I have to say that Berend was amazing. He never seemed to stop working. He cooked all of our meals, helped everyone out around the camp, was in charge of the restrooms for the event, and did even more. He even made a knife out of a file during the event.
I got there on Wednesday so what that really meant was that I had two full days of lounging, which I think I needed. I sang a few songs, drank a few beers, and generally just laid around. It was great. By Friday night, Eoforwic had started to appear and suddenly I had almost too many people to hang out with. It’s terrible having friends ;).
The fighting on Saturday went really well. I think I had one of my best days in a while and had a great time. I felt much slower on Sunday and got my head handed to me (almost literally), but I still had a great time. I think some of my slowness on Sunday was due to facing off (and losing) to Ed the Red quite a few times during the day.
I, of course, did quite a bit of singing at the war. Ealdormere does have a very nice bardic community and the make me feel very welcome to perform.
I have to say, actually, that I was made to feel very welcome for the whole event. Many people went out of their way here, but I have to mention Her Grace Genevieve, who seemed to make it her mission to ensure I had beer. I’d be somewhere randomly on the site and she’d just come get my mug and fill it. Her beer-dar is amazing.
I also had a great time reconnecting with Eoforwic. Pennsic is a wonderful thing, and I enjoy my time with Ealdormere and Eoforwic there, but the problem is that we’re all so busy we can hardly sit down and talk. I was able to do some of that, and I’m really looking forward to going to meetings and practices over the next month.
Now I am firmly entrenched at Hereward’s and we’ve watched quite a lot of soccer. I suspect we’ll watch more through the month. It’s been fun to get back into Toronto rhythms and I’m really looking forward to this month.