It's been a month or so since I started my medieval cross-stitch project. It is an interesting journey as it is unlike any other cross-stich I have undertaken. The colour choices are a bit wild but I have chosen to use threads that I have in my stash rather than purchase more. Either way, I like the result.

Welcome 2018

Here we are, at the beginning of another year. We feel inspired and look forward to starting new projects and new journeys at this time and Medieval Margaret is no different. This year, she has decided to try her hand at stitching a sampler, one inspired by medieval design. The design is a Linen and Threads project that was offered in 2017 as a stitch along. You can also visit their site and look at their wonderful offerings, one of which is another stitch along for this year. Maybe Medieval Margaret might run her eye over that one too. Who knows!

Progress photos will follow.

Out and about at Bli Bli Castle

An invite from a fellow medievalist has a crowd (Lord Terence (brother), Lady Tonya (sister-in-law), and Medieval Margaret) off on a journey to Bli Bli Castle on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Here there was a knighting ceremony, a talk on medieval field rashions and a bit of a fashion parade. It rained but everyone was lucky enough to be able to take shelter in the Grand hall. While Bli Bli is built in the Norman fashion of castle, it isn't an actual castle, but it is a fun place to visit anyway.

A day out ...

Medieval Margaret went off to Maryborough yesterday with her brother, Lord Terence and her sister-in-law, Lady Tonya. While his lordship did some shopping for boy's things the ladies had tea at the Engineer's Arms.

Photo credit - Jackie at the Engineer's Arms Marketplace

A reading

A couple of months back, while at Riverbend, Medieval Margaret was asked to read a story from her fairytale book - RIVERBEND - A Collection of Fairy Tales and Other Stories. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and believes that most of the children did too.

Note the medieval garb. This is in keeping with the surroundings at Victory Village at Riverbend, which is a working medieval village and museum ... the only one of it's kind in the southern hemisphere. The book mentioned above can be purchased from there, as well as 

(see Margaret's Library page)

I'm a lady because ...

While living in Tasmania, some years back I found - quite by accident - (actually it was flashing on the right-hand side of my Facebook page) a site that was advertising conservation opportunity in Scotland. As my mother, Jean Cree Blake, nee McHendrie, was Scottish right through to her cotten underwear I though I might contribute to this worthy cause. So, on that note I purchased my little block in honour of that part of my heritage. Plus I thought my mother would then have a place to lay her weary head when she finally departed this mortal world.

Several weeks later I receive a wonderful package with all my documents, one of which was my honoury title of Lady. So there you have it. In some circles I am now known as Lady Margaret Rose Blake of Glencoe (or Medieval Margaret), and while I might not have the t-shirt I certainly have the document to prove it.