Huh, we are back from the market and I feel now more inspired and energetic. At the same time my feet and back are hurting for standing too much. This was the first time we spend almost all the weekend at the Hämeenlinna Medieval Market. We decided not to sleep at the site because I thought that the weather would be probably too cold for me to sleep at outside (and it was quite cold at nights). At Friday night Sahra, UlfR, Elzebeth and I went to Elzebeth’s to do preparations for the Saturday’s campfire cooking. We were surprisingly effective at that night and next day at the campfire. The journalist and the photographer from “Maku” magazine were very pleased and surprised about the big efford that we had put into the task. I still have to say that the biggest highlight of the Market was when Minttu, Susanna, Ilona and Sahra gave us the most beautiful leather covered, hand made books. They bought the books at Saltvik (and they managed to save the books from the big flood). These books will be very useful for next two years. I will try to write a diary from the events to the bigger one also. I will not mention how much money I spend at the weekend... :D
There was sadly quite many plastic pavilions at the market but our corner of the market area looked very cool...
Minttu behind the stand (and Suski making tablet weaving)
Sahra had a new kirtle and kerchief (the kirtle was again amazing)
UlfR making food at the campfire
Food was very good.. we made lots of different dishes... we had almond chicken stew, lamb stew, spelt with dried cranberries, cabbage, carrot and leek pottage, fried turnips, homemade breads, stuffed barley breads (with two stuffings... one was salted salmon and one was mushrooms and onions) and also currant cakes, Shrewsbury cakes and so on.. I don't remember all anymore..
Sotka, a replica of viking age ship was at the market also. And Ilona :)
I am still very busy (or more and more busy)... the days are vanishing too quickly and still too much to do.