Sorry non-SCA people who read this, I do do non-SCA stuff, honest, I just tend not to write about it.

Planning for rowany festival.. and asking help because this year is trickier than last

Slack I am, but I'm finally booked at last for Rowany Festival.  Now to working out everything else.

Writing to think of my options, but hoping some readers might be able to suggest other options, since he ones I've listed aren't exactly optimal.

Accomodation.  I haven't aquired canvas yet, so I won't have my own period tent this year. (surprise surprise). I must try harder for next year. 
Option 1: Spacious but bright orange mundane pyramid.
Advantages - small footprint, no guy ropes, stand easily inside, can share with one other comfortably. 
Disadvantages - not period, bright orange, 2m high is hard to hide, packs up to 2m long parcel which severely limits transport options

Option 2: Try to borrow a mundane tent
Disadvantages: Most people I know are already camping, will not be confident it ill work, how to set it up, likely to be have less usable space than my orange monster
Advantage: easier to transport

Option 3: Try to borrow a period tent
Disadvantages: Nearly everyone I know with a period tent will be using it.

Option 4: Hire tent
disadvantages: Way too expensive!

Transport.  So much depends on work.  I just got told on Friday that my current temp position won't be extended (they have to find space for a maternity leave return), but annother few months in a new role will be offered to me this week.  I'll have to decide if I want to stay for that or take my chances on the permanent job market.  I'll chat and see tommorow probably.  But this gives me no security to ask for extra leave around easter.  Since it's a university I'll get friday through to Tuesday off, and working only 4 days a week, I can probably wangle a change of days to get thursday off.  Given infinite money and time, I like going up to festival on Tuesday/wednesday however, but I'm not sure I'm confident enough to ask for the extra days off.  Given this, I don't see how I can book anything or try to make arrangements with anyone yet. hopefully I'll know more tommorow.

Option 1: Try to find a lift/share drive
advantages: share driving, petrol cost
disadvantages: don't know when I'm travelling, trying to leave as early as possible will mean before main peak, most people have sorted their transport already

Option 2: Train
disadvantages: $240 return fare plus shutel to site(expensive), but timing doesn't work well with shuttles to site. May be booked out by tommorow. Limited luggage Capacity.
Advantage: Can sew or sleep on train, don't get motion sick on trains.

Option 3: Plane
disadvantages: $240 return fare plus train to gosford, plus shuttle to site(expensive), but timing doesn't work well with shuttles to site. These "cheaper" prices rely on quite early and late flights during day, so I'd probably need to drive myself to near airport parking, probably an extra $100 parking.  May be booked out by tommorow. Extremely Limited luggage Capacity.

Option 4: drive solo
disadvantages: Would need to drive over 2 days - 4 days driving for 4 days on site!  Unlikely to be able to crash on friends if i drive at my preferred driving times (night), most hotel beds are expensive for 1 and I can't sleep on them, leaving me a worse driver the next day. Would have to enforce sensible bedtimes during festival as otherwise allergy attacks (enhanced by tiredness) will prevent driving. Petrol cost not shared. (expensive). Not sure my low slung car could handle the road into site, and DO NOT want to attempt that road at night, especially alone. Boring and unproductive drive alone.
Advantages: If work allows early departure could visit canberra friends. No worry about coordinating with other people - can change plans in last week.  Have roofracks that could take mundane orange tent.

I'm the only person from Krae Glas going.  Suddenly I have no group to camp with.

Option 1: Camp in the Krae Glas site, or any other free space available alone
Advantage: easy,
Disadvantage: No community, lower security, little help packing, no shared facilities, this would just be a place to sleep, and I'd have to bring (& buy a little) extra equipment myself, and most of tht would be more mundane than I'd like.

Option 2: Camp with arrowsreach
Advantage: easy, so long as no-one objects. Close to st barts ppl.
Disadvantage: Divergent interests, I like the chance to explore periodness, the arrowsreach campsite is about fun first, then holywood medieval.

Option 3: Camp with annother group
Disadvantage: I don't know many other groups as a whole, nor what their camping setup is.  And I'm quite shy about asking.  And I'm not asking to join their group, just to camp with them for a week.

I'll need soem of that.  Evening meals at least.

Option 1: try to find a food fund to join
Disadvantage: I'm shy. Sometimes a fussy eater.  I don't know who has the kind of food fund I'd like to join, and I know how difficult it can be to scale up food fuds to fit an extra person. I don't like to impose.
Advantage: With the right  food fund I'd get to cook some period meals, and on the other nights I'd be able to leave the cooking to others. And eat yummy period food (even the non yummy stuff can at least be novel).

Option 2: Eat at Yselt's kitchen
Disadvantage: I've heard mixed reviews about the quality of the food. Have to pay for someone to cook the food for me, even though I'm a good cook and menu planner and enjoy cooking. Extra cost. Not sure if there is a community between people eating there, even if there is, I'm probably not eating with existing friends.
Advantage: easy, priced as economically as possible, extra time to do stuff.

Option 3: Self cater
Disadvantage: It's all disadvantage, I don't have the equpement, so I'd be reduced to macaroni cheese. Bad macaroni cheese. Because it's quick and i have no one to share with (not cooking, equipement, ingrediants, cooling, or even a spice box).

I have enough articles, but the change to damp revealed a few holes in my wardrobe:
*lightweight wool dress (currently 3/4 finished)
*more woolen stockings (1 extra pair wearable)
*replace chemises (1 new chemise completed, but old ones now more worn out than ever.  Will hope they last, and wash if necessary.)
*somethign showier (new austrian completed except a bit of trim, wearable)
*more stuff for hot days  (new austrian and new lightweight wool dress)
*settle on a final shape for my chape and finish edges (wearable as is, don't touch till sure what to do)
*a mantle (not started, but I have fabric)
*spare/more waterproof shoes (my thin ones soak through too quickly)
*pattens (not likely for this year)

Since I've only got one project that I'll be working on the list, I can probably start annother 2, and I might even get one finished before the end of festival.  I need a few parts though:
*has anyone seen anything I can trim the lower edge of a mantle with, 12th c style - a nice large silk remnant perhaps? Needs to go with black & pale cream herringbone wool, and probably cornflower blue linen lining.  I suppose i could just sew everything together, but the wool frays, and a trim sems an easier way to finish the edge than hemming.
* Has anyone got or seen affordable leather - about 3-5mm? enough for a pair of one piece shoes?  I'm not sure if I care if it's oak tanned or not.  If I do a rush job of sewing, I probably don't want to use expensive leather. yes i have a pair cut out, but those will be court shoes, indoor only until I get pattens.

It's so tempting to just go to Suth Moot, where everything will fall into place viz-a-viz organisation.
  But it was always planed that anyone from our shire who could go to festival should, and I'd hate to let that down now.


From: [identity profile]

I can make some enquiries that will get you a food fund and a bunch to camp with. Transport is the real hassle; we can offer crash space in Canberra for a night each side of Easter, since we're not Festivaling at all this year, but I would worry about anyone driving even half that distance alone.

From: [identity profile]

I can make canberra in a day, alone. That's the far limit of my daily range though, and it took 3 years of yass festivals (and a couple of dance weekends) to work up to. And to do the optimal drive for me (creature of the night), it means I leave at midday and arrive after dinner, which is only moderately unsocial. Yass is a lot easier - that hwy from yass to canberra is not pleasant at night, one lane each way and crazies doing 140 and overtaking me on blind hills. Not my favoured way to end a day's driving.

It's the getting home alone bit that scarier. Canberra to Melbourne after a week of bad sleep and then a night crashed (probably with bad sleep) is a much longer drive than the reverse. Especially when the bit missing from the Melbourne ring road is the bit that goes to my place on the other side of town. Mostly I've gotten around it before by having a passenger at least on L plates on the way home, even if not on the way up.

But driving that far by myself is really not a favoured option. I'm pretty good about knowing my limits, and this would be sitting right on the acceptable edge, so if anything went wrong, I'd not be home in time to go back to work (assuming i have any to go back to). And I don't enjoy driving, so it's wasted time, effort and exhaution.

I have a couple of non sca friends in Canberra I might be able to crash with if I visited (which I'd love to do - Yass was so much easier), but it's not easy to visit and crash when you need to keep on travelling the next day. How long did it take you to get to site last year from Canberra?

From: [identity profile]

I guess I'm saying I'm looking for community. I've gone from camping with a group where I'd know all but the newest guest, and have camped with most people before and know the camping style. (transition to period - trying out medieval stuff, but not worrying that we aren't there yet, and not letting sleeping in a dome tent stop us doing period open fire cooking, etc)

Now I'm adrift. I know lots of people in arrowsreach, but I'm not looking for that camping style. The other camps from melbourne are households by invite only, and I suspect already have more people than they know what to do with this year. And I have people who can call me by name scattered all across lochac, but one here, one there, but I don't know who they camp with, how they camp.

I guess I mostly needed a good whinge about that.

From: [identity profile]

Re: the catered kitchen option.

Last time I went to Festival (last year at Yass) I did meals with Crispin's kitchen, we all sort of ended up eating at the same time every day, so you saw the same people. I got to meet some people I never would have otherwise (except for on the Lochac list where it was just a disembodied name), so I enjoyed the social aspect of it.

I can only make it for the weekend at Suth Moot, (I can't stray too far from the lab, since my plant-babies will need watering), so if you want a 6(?) person dome-tent that you can put up better than me, you are welcome to borrow it. (Assuming it hasn't gone mouldy or something while I wasn't looking.)

From: [identity profile]

I guess that's an advantage. Although I meet a lot of people in craft classes and guild meetings, so I have lots of people who I'd love to chat more with, but never seem to catch up with.

In fact Yseults is sounding fairly attractive, and quite cheaply priced for what you get. I might have to order double servings for some dinners, but lack of breakfasts should make up for it. I'd prefer if I'd heard a review of her food from a goumand though.

If I'm there early, it still leaves a gap I have to cater for though, but most meal plans do.

From: [identity profile]

I'd prefer if I'd heard a review of her food from a goumand though.

I'll have you know I'm on a seafood diet!
I see food. I eat, :-p

(I have no idea about Yseults cooking, so I can only really comment on the socialisation I got from Crispin's kitchen.)

From: [identity profile]

Um, well....

Arrows' Reach??? (Might be good to camp with... contact Vandel maybe?)

I'm flying, and could offer you free car rides.... but I'm only there Sat-Mon.

From: [identity profile]

Re: Um, well....

Arrowsreach: Antithesis of aiming to camp periodly?

(yes I know, I don't have the period camping big bits of furniture yet, like tent or contributions to cooking equipement, but I do have a growing collection of the smaller acessories - bits and bobs like cooking utensils, lamps, ewer and pitcher, a bed, etc, and I'm working on the rest, and I'd prefer not to be stared at for thinking this is a good thing)

I know in reality Arrowsreach is probably the easiest option to go with, but I'm hoping someone else has a magic wand to wave for me, and there is a group out there that camps "transition to periodness" that has people in it I know that I don't know I camp there. I know lots of people a little bit.

It's a let down after having exactly what I wanted last year (including oh so yummy food*).

*Krae Glas still has the highest concentration of best cooks in Lochac - I challenge anyone to beat our cooling talent level per capita.

From: [identity profile]

Good news, Sorted out my employment status today, and they are pretty casual about which days I take off, (and I have work till May) so I can travel up on wednesday day/tuesday evening, or maybe even tuesday day if I stretch things a little.

From: (Anonymous)

tent hire

a dome marquee last forever so its not so expensive


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