On the market cross in Chichester, photographed 2013:
I saw others, and might add them later.
ThinkWell, SCA ideas and site announcements
Years ago when I wanted to register "Duckford," some SCA heralds were a bit snooty about it, and I started collecting "-ford" names, for fun. Surprised at how many there were, I kept a list on my old computer. It was a Kaypro II and had a daisy-wheel printer. I found them in casual reading and in looking at maps or town names. 224 of these are from that list, and a few others were found later, or I'm adding from little pieces of paper I'm filing/trashing as I go through all my old files.
Abbotsford (Briish Columbia)
Ashelford, Jane (author)
Ashford (England, Ireland)
Aylesford (newfoundland, and in "The Ups and Downs," so probably once in England)
Battleford, North Battleford (Saskatchewan)
Bedford (MA, NH, OH, TX, Quebec)
Beresford (New Brunswick)
Blackford (Scotland, England)
Blandford Forum (England); Port Blandford (Newfoundland)
Bradford (England, PA Ontario)
Branford (North Branford, CT)
Bridgford (no "e"— West Bridgford, England)
Broadford (Scotland, Ireland)
Burford [from Beorgford, (Battle of, 725 A.D.) also Ontario]
Byford Tye (England)
Canford Magna (England)
Chelmsford (England, Massachusetts)
Christian Malford (Cristemaleford, 937)
Clifford (Ontario); Clifford Vale (New Brunswick)
Crawford (England, Scotland); Crawfordsville (IL)
Crockford's Clerical Dictionary
Deptford; Deptford Township (NJ)
Frankford (Ireland, Ontario)
Haverfordwest (not West Haverford; Wales)
Huntingford; Hunting Ford
Longford (County, Ireland)
Lunsfordds (double d—not a typo, so might translate "forths"?)
Lynford (fem. given name)
Medford (MA, OR, NY, surname)
Millford; Milford (NH, OH); Milford Mill (MD); New Milford (NJ); Milford Haven (Wales)
Peachford (hospital in Atlanta)
Rumford (Maine); Rumford Compact (Maine)
East Rutherford (New Jersey)
Sampford; Sampford Courtney
Sandford: not alone, but "Woodley and Sandford" (England and Sir Sandford (a mountain in British Columbia)
Seaford (Deleware, England)
Shackleford (county, Texas)
Strafford (county, New Hampshire); Straffordville (Ontario)
Strangford (Northern Ireland)
Stratford (CT, NJ, and -on-Avon, Ontario)
Thetford; Thetford Mines (Quebec)
Waterford (Michigan, Ireland)
Welsford (New Brunswick)
Wexford (county, Ireland)
Willowford (given name)
wolford (wolf, if, maybe)
Renforth (New Brunswick)—might it be a ford? someday, look...
(more to come, I hope, if I finish transcribing that list)
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 8:32 AM
Bardolf was knighted at Estrella this evening. Because of Facebook, I had a reminder an hour before. Because of cellphones, Viscountess Lore de Lorraine called and told me she cried, and others cried, and it was beautiful. Bardolf spoke from his heart, she said, and the ceremony was great.
Here's the helm Artan got Sir Richard of Wolfwood to make. Here's the helm (with a Ganesha t-shirt) before anyone had touched it with a weapon or a sticker from a war, and before any dust or rain had touched it.
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 7:33 PM
Ulrich von Matanuska (Ray Morgan) has put up a new edition of Outlandish Tales, which some of us had on VHS from the 1980's. Gunwaldt still has and uses that banner. Kirby was an infant, and neither Gunwaldt nor I was in, but our banners and props were; that's why we're in the credits. This is part 1. It has some outtakes, right in with the rest, which is fun.
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 9:55 AM
Keith/Gunwaldt and I are in Texas visiting our oldest (Kirby/Magnus). I heard from Bardolf (Marty) last night that he and Kendrick (Brett Henry) were named companions of the Order of the Heart of the Scorpion of al-Barran at al-Barran's Toys for Tots event. And Bella (Ashlee) was made a member of the Order of the Scorpion. Those are good awards both Gunwaldt and I have received, and I think it's very sweet that one of our children is still that involved in the SCA.
Bella also got the baroness's prize for arts and sciences (?official name?) for a banner she made.
I don't have any photos from yesterday, but here's something from our garage not so long ago. :-)
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 11:42 AM
October 19, 2011, I was tagged in a facebook post, so I dutifully went to read what it said, and was flattered. The one response at the time was interesting, and made me curious.
Since I find myself with more time than usual I have been exercising that mass of grey between my ears. As luck would have it while trudging along the web I stumbled upon a great resource. If you have not yet read it do so and if you live near enough to Sandra Dodd I am officially jealous.
Rob Hotch-rI mean the best way possible, but you need to hit yourself with something heavy until you forget everything yoil read. Once people read that book they are never the same. I've seen it ruin people, primarily because it does make a lot of sense. Do what you want but you've been warned.
David PetersRob ~ Are there specifics you have in mind? Feel free to reply privately if you wish.
Sandra DoddPerhaps he means that people who have high ideals and principles can become disappointed with the realities of the SCA. I've seen that some with my students and associates. They thought they wanted to know lots, but the more they knew, the more they saw reality fall short of ideals. (If it's not that, Rob, reply privately because I probably don't want to know. :-) )
Rob Hotch-rI mean that every person I've known who's read that book was one person before they read it and then different after (usually feeling that they need to tell people that they've read it-almost an instinctual "hey I've been baptized" response). I don't know if there are spores ala' Invasion of the Body Snatchers somehow hidden in the physical pages or if there's a hypnotique trance induced by repeating words, phrases, etc. (I don't really think any of these things) but it literally changes people and, I personally feel, not usually in a good way. Maybe, which has been a suspicion, there is no fault with the actual tome necessarily, but the content is interpreted by the reader as to give some sort of permission (not necessarily intended) to those who've got a latent arrogant streak or secret egotistical urges, to let those respective flags fly proudly. I've only glimpsed pages and veiwed small sections (as I've intentionally avoided an actual full reading-specifically because of this.) and though there is a lot of what I know about it that I agree with, it's just not going to happen and I will never advise anyone to read it. Write me off as a cook, or as jaded former society, whatever flavor you please. I realize that you're proud of your work Sandra and have every right to be. There's just bad ju-ju in there.
Sandra Dodd#1, it's not "a book." It's ten e-mails. So if you don't even know what it is, and you haven't read it, it seems odd that you would appoint yourself a guardian or even reviewer. "Bad ju-ju"? "Tome"?
#2, What do you mean,"Write me off as a cook"...? A kook, did you mean? There's nothing in there that should bother cooks.
Rob Hotch-r#1 Bleh #2 Bleh Bleh I'm doing this little email geek dance with you. You created poison and that's it.
Oh. Then I guess he deleted that one (which I had cut and pasted) and put this:#1 Bleh #2 Bleh Bleh I'm not doing this little email geek dance with you. You created poison and that's it.
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 7:37 AM
New page on the site, blast from the past, about the fairly recent past (A.S. XXV and thereabout), the medieval past (naturally), and documenting with dictionaries (again).
http://sandradodd.com/duckford/bag, and my abiding joy in connecting dots.
The image here isn't part of that other page, but is a bonus image. I was at the Victoria and Albert museum this summer with the once Lady Adelicia sans Coeur of Gloucester (now Carolyn Pihl, living in the UK and Sweden, alternately). There was a display of art salvaged from churches that were no longer standing for one reason or another. Other photos from that day can be seen here: http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c111/SandraDodd/Europe/Sandra2011/June%2025%20LondonCarolyn/
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 7:11 AM
Recipes with photos, from various periods of history. The one I clicked right too is something my mom used to make and I didn't like when I was a kid, but if it were made with better salmon than canned (which wasn't so easily available or affordable when I was a kid), it could be good. :-) I do feel bad, in retrospect, that I said "yuck!" and then went on to really care about Saxon recipes. So it goes. And she used corn meal instead of oatmeal, and I made corn bread just yesterday, so the connections just keep rolling on.
When I was in Hampton Court last summer there was a good fire-building demo in the kitchen, starting with flint and tinder and moving on to an all-day sustainable serious-business fire the likes of which I had never seen. And they have a website with Tudor recipes:
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 6:47 AM
That is the registered device of someone who won't be using it. Lady Mariassa Ashgrove of the Marche of Norborough in the Middle Kingdom. I've just put an obituary up for her. I should have done it sooner, but other things kept jumping ahead of it on the list.
I feel very at peace keeping this page. Mariassa's device is beautiful. Per bend invected Or and vert, two clusters of ash keys counterchanged. When I put up a new note, I think of creating and tending a grave in a peaceful cemetery. This summer I got to stay in 'the manse' (the minister's house) in the Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders. The house had once had servants, and there were service bells in the kitchen, mostly disconnected. There was a wall along the back of the house, separating the garden of the manse from the church and cemetery behind. I went out and walked and took photos felt the quiet peace.
That was a home education connection ("home ed" they call it in the UK; homeschooling in the US), and I might return there. One morning very early I went to the unlocked church and played the organ.
When I add the notification of another passing, I think of my own friends who have passed from life or maybe just from my own life, as I have passed from being a physical presence in some people's lives to being a memory, and I feel rich in remembrance.
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 6:57 AM
Here are the photos I have of a recent project by Matilda:
Because this project was contributed to the war effort (A&S, to glorify the Outlands and all that good stuff), there is documentation, and the PDF (words and the best of the images) is here:
Give it a few seconds to load.
Posted by Sandra Dodd at 9:33 PM
Ælflæd, from an obscure article or a letter or something
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