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Apr. 10th, 2010 11:21 pm
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Although you probably didn't realise that I was gone. But, it was Easter and that means Rowany Festival (a SCA camping event). Because it requires a fair bit of preparation before and unpacking, washing etc after, S and I took the 2 weeks around Easter off work. Theoretically, that gave us Saturday to Tuesday to get organised to get up there on Wednesday - plenty of time.
The trouble with theories... )

Festival )
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I should mention that choir has started again. We're doing the Schubert 'Mass in G' and Mozart 'Coronation Mass'. Both works I've not sung before so that is a plus. There are a few other smaller pieces in there as well. We have our new conductor this year - we've been trying out conductors for 18 months or so. Pretty much all of them were good. Choosing was made a bit easier for the committee by some of them taking up other positions or being otherwise unavailable.

We also got the CDs of the last concert. Damn good. A couple of uncertain entries, but not many and the Jenkins is really powerful. Sarah (the conductor of that concert) did a great job with the diction. I think the words are as clear as I've heard any large choir sing - and better than a lot of smaller choirs as well.

Of course, SCA is in full swing again as well. Somehow, I don't think I'll get any sewing done before Festival. Well, last year's garb is still wearable, and there was almost enough to last for the whole time. :)
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Firstly, the weather was much better this year, though still ridiculously humid during the middle of the day. No real rain until Monday, just in time for the semi-finals and final of the Fighter Auction Tourney. Can we say rusty armour?

Because I'm now Rowany Listmistress, it was a fairly busy Festival for me - though I didn't have to do List the Fighter Auction Tourney. And because I was busy, I didn't get to do as much around our campsite as I normally would on a daily basis. But it was ok, we changed our system and each part of the household took responsibility for a different day. As the only day I wasn't doing something else was Sunday, that turned out to be our day - it was also the day we had our social event. Fortunately, we had help with that.

We used to have the Blue Feather Ladies Long Island Afternoon Tea, but as the small group of us there formed a sub-household within Blue Feather, and as there wasn't much time, we changed it this year to the House Risna 'warm and fizzy' Champagne on Campaign. This involved mulled wine, mulled ale and champagne cocktails as well as a variety of comestibles.

That day produced a few cooking highlights for me. I had carefully packed the recipes that I was going to use into a bag which I then left in the lounge room. So everything I cooked was pretty much made up. Added to that, one of our household can't eat anything with pepper in it so most of the recipes had to be altered anyway.

So now I know that I can mull wine and ale by making it up on the spot and adjusting until it tastes good, that the chickpea dish that is one of my staples can be made into a nice soup it you've forgotten the sweet potato and can't use any pepper. But the big highlight for me was the loaf of bread that I cooked in the Dutch Oven.

On Saturday (this entry is chronologically challenged) was the Stowe pot luck birthday feast. It was a little odd at times, but a group of us ended up sitting around the fire and singing songs - a large number of which were more than a little risque. The Mangy Mongol Songbook has a lot to answer for. :)

I still need more garb for Festival but I'm gradually getting things together.

On the home front, the cat seemed to cope with being looked after by the wonderful [profile] i_ate_my_crusts and [personal profile] electricantand they seemed to cope with the chaotic state of the house.
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Last Monday Styvyn found a couple of interesting looking jobs in his Seek mail, so he thought he'd apply for them.
On Tuesday both he got called for initial interviews for both of them and had these on Wednesday. Anyway, by Friday he'd been offered one of the jobs. It was, in fact, the one he preferred as it's in Parramatta (10 minutes by train rather than the hour or so that he's got at the moment). Not only was that a quick decision, but they want him to start next Monday!

So, he's accepted the job and handed in his notice at the current one. But it does present us with a problem regarding Festival. He might not be able to get the time off that he was going to have. It may mean that we only go down Friday and return Monday - much truncated from our plans of Wednesday to Tuesday. Also, we'd be taking much less down with us etc. We'll know more this coming Monday when we find out what's actually happening.

Now I have two sets of festival plans to think about.

In other job related stuff. Today my work had an 'Offsite Day' in which all the staff get together and we discuss/workshop/brainstorm on a theme. We've had one each year for the past 4 years. This time the theme was Corporate Social Responsibility. I like that the message that came through was that we have to make sure our own house is in order before we can criticise others (ok, unless they're really shonky). Of course, CSR will always just mean sugar to some of us.

Yes, it's late and I'm not feeling really well. Hope this post makes some kind of sense.

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