Thursday, July 26, 2012

July Coronation 2012

Wow! Our third event weekend in a row!

This year the Barony of Three Mountains won the bids to have July Coronation and Twelfth Night in their region. With it so close, we couldn't miss it!  July Coronation was held at Trojan Park along the Columbia River. At night you can hear the big ships going up and down the river to the Port of Portland as well as a few trains.

We arrived before Gate opened on Friday because we had volunteered to individually work Gate and Parking. So we had enough time to unload, no cars on the grass or paths, and change into garb to get to our assignments. Leeloo had a blast going back and forth with us while we were unloading. It helped wear her out a bit.

I spent a few hours working Gate and then picked Ignatius up from Parking and we started setting up camp. It was overcast but humid, so very muggy with mosquitoes.

We had hoped that more of our Household could join us, but it was just Ignatius and I with Leeloo. Jenna also arrived Friday night and Amelia (Andrea) arrived Saturday morning. She had to pass of the munchkins so it made sense to arrive then.
 So we had all this lovely space for more tents that didn't arrive. Oh well! We had access to the covered kitchen area, so easy water. It also wasn't that far of a walk to the flushies, though biffies were closer. If you've ever tried to navigate a biffy in long skirts and layers, you'd go the distance for flushies. ;-)
 Looking back towards where most of the action was taking place. As you can see not a normal campground. lol

The Barony of Dragon's Mist was asked to work Water Bearing for the event. So I volunteered to work on Saturday. I initially thought I would be there for a couple of hours, but others didn't show up to help out, so I worked until the end of all the fighting. So started out with Rapiers and then moved on to the Squire's Tourney. It was nice being thanked by all the fighters for providing them with water to keep them going. I walked around with a bag with water bottles and often a tray with either oranges, pickles or a bowl of pretzels. With the heavy fighter's I got to witness the Knighting of Viscount William Geoffrey and another squire being put on Vigil to become a Knight. Very cool! I later found out that my sunscreen didn't last my four and a half hours on the Eric. I have a most interesting sunburn around my neckline. It shows where the shadow of my head was and the strap of the waterbearing bag across.

This is Eobhan receiving the King's Protector he won for Archery. He just stepped down from being the Archery Defender for the Barony of Dragon's Mist. King Ieuan and Queen Gwyneth were busy in their last official Court for the Kingdom. 

I was commenting that we've seen a lot of the King and Queen and it was pointed out that we went to more events this year that just happened to also be Crown events. D'oh!
 We gave Leeloo Bach Rescue Remedy and Aspen to help her deal with a dog that even another dog seemed to take exception to, an older grey and black Cattle dog. As you can see it relaxed her to the point of leg sliding off Ignatius' lap. Yea puppy drugs, that aren't really drugs!
 We were impressed with his puffy pants and just the overall stunningly pulled together outfit he had. Legs aren't bad either. ;-)  It's a lovely color of orange too. I could almost do that for a dress, but think I might have to change the red tones of my hair to match. lol Ignatius called it late Dutch, looks German to me.
Long live King Vik and Queen Astrid! Queen Astrid lives just south of us in the Principality of the Summits and the Barony of Terra Pomeria. We know of several people from Iron Ring that have been asked to serve on the Queen's Guard and I think retinue.

I won't lie, the mosquitoes were evil! I had one bite twice right on my left forefinger knuckle. It was really painful! Jenna had one land on her eyelashes!  Lots of bites were had until Amelia came with some heavy duty OFF!, some stake smokers and a light that had a little fogger.

Tryggvy's War is the first weekend of August back at Trojan Park. Those mosquitoes may be a factor in deciding to go or not. We'll have had a weekend off, though we could go to A Game of Thrones and Stormgods, as it is a fairly local event. We instead will be going to a hat party Saturday. It's an annual house party that Brandon's co-worker affectionately known as Doppler Dave throws with his partner. I have a couple of spiffy hats to choose from, just need a hair style to match.

Just remembered to update my wiki page too.

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