|The Fearsome Five were Greg, Scott, Diana, Rellie, and myself. We arrived on site at 8:30am, and with the exception of raising the pavilion, got the entire setup, including the kitchen BBQ... done by 10AM with only the five of us. (Special Note - Absolutely no arguing, complaining, or whining occured. We ROCKED!)
We had a gorgeous spot under the trees (lots of shade), with lots of room to spread out. We left the pavilion pretty empty for most of the day, as Greg and Scott were weapons 101-ing. Scott never got to leave the weapons rack, he did a fabulous job. It was our job to keep him watered and fed. Us girls spent most of the day in the kitchen. I started our fire under a high spot in the tree canopy...but with the matchlight I brought, it was still several scary minutes waiting for the firestarter to burn off. Greg and Bill were watching me from across the field, making sure I was ready with the fire extinquisher...all was fine...but I was honestly worried for about ten minutes. The flames were pretty though...
I brought all the makings for bannochs, and an actual loaf of yeast bread, with reconstituted dry appricots (in honey wine). After the first batch of bannochs, Rellie got shang-hied into helping me play in the kitchen. She enjoyed getting her hands all dirty...over and over again...silly girl, she kept cleaning them. After letting the bread dough raise for about two hours, we put it in a dutch oven on the BBQ, two layered by Greg's idea, and it worked great. I was concerned the butter would burn and make it icky, but it tasted great. We shared our feast with the patrons that wanted to try, and other faire folk...I was very proud of the bread. The only down side was that with only five folks, I didn't want to deal with dishes on site, so had to bring them all home to clean.
The other project I brought was making saches out of a ton of lavender I brought from home. The little ones helped us pick the leaves off, and then we showed them how to make the saches. Diana helped me do this when she actually took a moment to sit down. She was our "Mave" and yet again, made sure that we were all taken care of. She has really found her nitch...she is so caring and loving, and truly makes sure she always does everything to the best of her ability. She's the best!
After wearing his armor for a better part of the day, and working with Scott in the weapons area; Greg took a "break" while polishing Scott's helm. It's actually silver now, and has really pretty paterns on it. I understand from Greg that he is expecting his "usual fee of $1" I'm sure Scott will take care of him.
After a long but REALLY fun day, we all started packing up at 4pm...and got the trailer loaded. It took a little longer but we were still done by 5:45ish. Then a fast stop at Taco Bell for drinks and Rellie and I made it home in record time...only to find Greg already parked in my front yard. He beat the Speed Sisters!
We all got settled, Rellie helped me pick up the house a little, and then we settled in for a fun night of chatting at the Guild Gathering. Tim came home and kept us entertained with SBC Strike acticdotes, and Lissa Reed (who is an SBC Striker) came over and gave us all good smiles and hugs. Tim and Lissa exchanged some stories that kept us all entertained. Me and Rellie hit the PORT, and eventually, I went in the Hot Tub! It felt sooooo good! Folks went home about 11ish, and Tim and I then went to sleep.
All in all, an awesome day! Thank you so much to the five that were able to make it, and to those who wanted to be there but couldn't...sorry you couldn't make it. We had fun!!