[Ravensfort] Mighty Minds Unite!

byzytym byzytym at att.net
Sun Aug 10 23:05:29 PDT 2008

Actually, about half of the path is already gone. 
 On Saturday I cleared brush, lemon trees and saplings from at least half of the wooded area between the stables and the kitchen.  The area is ready for brushhogin' and then the lawn mower.  By the end of the next work weekend I hope to have the other half done as well leaving nothing but the tall pines between the road and the path.  ( which will no longer be a path )  It is a sweet little camping area that is shady all day.
Since the Equestrians will be camping in the area I do not believe that lights will be necessary except in the very small clump I left on the kitchen side for a little privacy and a noise buffer.  
The string lights would be very useful wrapped around a tree or three at the entry gate.  It can be tough backing up in the dark in that area. 

WARNING !!!  There is a large ground nest of bumblebees in the Equestrian camping area.  It is near what looks to be a 12x12x24 chunk of treated lumber.  I was stung seven or eight times around five on Saturday and my arms and cheek are still swollen as of this writing Monday morning.  These bees are the big bad boys.  They attack in mass ( maybe twenty ) and are quick enough to dodge and strike.  I plan on decking out in my bee net helm, thick winter coat, double jeans, leather gloves and boots so I can seek revenge on those little &#<%*/$ next work day.

Speaking of lights... We will need four or five Coleman lanterns for the event.  
I want to take advantage of the pine trees around the feast area.  They are tall enough for us to throw ropes over the branches and lift lanterns high enough to not be in anyone's eyes, but throw a soft light over everything.
I have one propane lantern we can use.  If we can borrow a few others, the Barony will buy the fuel we use.

I am really hoping that we have a good turnout next weekend for the workdays as I would like to start moving things around to where they will be for the event.  I remember last year when Alaric Autocrated we had  a work day or two when moving things was easy because we had more than enough people to do the jobs.

Anyway, that's the Autocrats two cents. 

Vlod NotVlad

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Brown 
  To: Ravens Fort ; Sher M 
  Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 6:13 PM
  Subject: Re: [Ravensfort] Mighty Minds Unite!

        While that is a fine idea, it is not really period. Is there a way to light the path with something that looks period and yet gives off no flame? How about small battery powered lanterns hung on small shepherd hooks?

        By the way. The cobbler that I had frozen for a week thawed out in 9 hours in the fridge. It froze and thawed just fine and tastes just as good. The added flour gave it better consistency but lacked flavor. I will try adding some cake mix to it before I coat the peaches in it. Should do the trick.


        --- On Sun, 8/10/08, Sher M <runa.herd at earthlink.net> wrote:

          From: Sher M <runa.herd at earthlink.net>
          Subject: [Ravensfort] Mighty Minds Unite!
          To: "Ravens Fort" <ravensfort at lists.ansteorra.org>
          Date: Sunday, August 10, 2008, 1:29 PM

          I have a couple of 'rope lights' that do give off quite a bit of light.
          They would be perfect for the path from Equestrian to the kitchen.
          HOWEVER... they are electrical.  How can they be changed to work
          off batteries or a small battery like for a lawn mower?

          I'm still digging out the battery operated small strings of lights out
          of various boxes.

          Sher Montgomery & The Thundering Herd
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