On Monday May 6th our little shire turns 12, we celebrated with delicious cake… It was good.
1. Keep Hydrated & Stay Cool
It can get rather warm during the day make sure you keep drinking water and plenty of it. It’s a good idea to know the signs of heat exhaustion. Wear natural fibres such as linen or cotton which will help to keep you cooler, and keep your head covered with a hat or scarf. Be sure to wear sunscreen appropriate for your skin type, no one looks good lobster red.
2. Appropriate Footwear
Generally camping involves a lot of walking so make sure you have comfortable footwear that will get you through the day. Rain can happen, heavy dew definitely happens in the mornings, and no one likes soggy feet make sure you have something to put on your feet to keep them dry.
3. Be Prepared
Bugs happen, bug spray can help, so do screened in tents and dinning shelters. Do not spray aerosol cans of any kind near tents or open flames or bad things may happen. Speaking of things that may happen, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit, and have something handy for burns.
5. Bring a Set of Extra Clothes
Pack a set of comfy go home clothes in a big zippy bag and leave it in your car. Nothing is worse than a long drive home in damp sweat-soaked smelly clothes.
It’s Delicious need I say more?
It is easier to prepare and cook foods that do not require refrigeration than you might think. Use canned chicken, instant rice, shelf stable almond milk, instant soup mix, jerky, dried fruit… It’s very important to keep food secure, or it might become a snack for your raccoon neighbours. Put heavy (and I mean HEAVY) things on coolers or food boxes when you aren’t at camp. You can use ratchet straps to keep things sealed good and tight if you have particularly clever forest friends you don’t want to have to dive into the bushes after your freshly baked bread.
The Kingdom’s Arts & Sciences Fair took place on Saturday, November 24 at the Brampton Fairgrounds in the Canton of Vest Yorvik in the Barony of Septentria. It’s a BIG event, and it seems as though almost everyone in attendance was either an entrant or a judge! There are papers flying everywhere, populace rushing about trying to find the correct person for a judge to speak to, and crowds milling around the display tables. There was one-on-one heavy fighting at one end of the room, and for this tournament there were ‘war points’ awarded for having an A&S component to your fighting entry. Some have lovely banners processed before them, some were sung in by an accompanying bard, some had their personas and lineages heralded before them, and some did all of these things! It was quite loud in the hall, which unfortunately drowned out some of their efforts, but it was a great addition to a tournament, and added to the ‘dream’ atmosphere.
Court was chaotic, with the A&S and Pentathlon winners announced in addition to the more usual scrolls awarded. The Shire’s own Orla O’Shanahan entered the Pentathlon, and won the People’s Choice award! (Wassail to her efforts!). She is likely to have some very useful advice on the process of entering such competitions to anyone who might seek her out should they be considering entering next year.
All in all, I can see how organizing this yearly event may be one of the biggest efforts in the Kingdom. There is little advance warning when entries can come in on the same day. However, the quality of the entries was incredible, the Shire won an honour through Lady Orla, and the details that go into creating the Dream are as evident and on display as the effort that goes into creating them deserves to be.
Lady Marrin von Waldburg, Shire A&S Minister