Magnificent ...

Taken a few years ago when Medieval Margaret, sister-in-law, Tonya and brother, Terence took themselves off to the Abbey festival at Caboolture, Queensland. A fabulous day was had by all.

A date with a teddy bear

Yesterday was another fabulous day at Victory Village in Queensland. Medieval Margaret set off to meet up with Nathaniel the backpacking bear. They had a date to hang out together for a while. While Medieval Margaret wasn't frocked up on this occasion, Nathaniel was looking his best though, in a blue and red tabbard and a smart pin and belt.

Also see below some great pics of the day.

Reunited at last

Many years ago Medieval Margaret found the rubbing of Sir Roger Bellingham down behind a counter in a second-hand shop. She knew his wife, Lady Margaret was out there somewhere, so imagine her surprise when she turned up at the front door this morning - escorted there by the fairies, she's guessing.

Pictured below - Sir Roger Bellingham, his wife, Lady Margaret Bellingham, documentation as to identity, and their country home, Leven Hall ... now a tourist attraction in Britain, famous for its topairy gardens.

A night out

And so ... with Christmas drawing near all sorts of wonderful occasions present themselves. For Medieval Margaret it was a night out at the theatre to join in the rollicking good fun of Babes in the Woods. Not only was it an ideal chance to boo and hiss at the villain, then send huzzahs to the hero, but it was a chance to frock up. It's been a while ... the weather has been a tad warm. Medieval merriment is not a natural thing of the southern hemisphere for Australia does not present many moments to wear underdresses, kirtles and veils all at once. And to feel comfortable to boot.

All in all, it was a great night out and a show reccomended to those who are presented with the opportunity to view it.

Embroidery on a medieval napkin.

At the moment Medieval Margaret is working on embroidering a large serviette to be used at medieval banquets.

The history of serviettes is interesting to say the least. A lump of dough was first used by the Spartans many years ago to wipe the hands and face. This was replaced by the Romans with a slice of bread. Then along came a napkin/serviette as we know it today.

In the early middle ages it disappeared to be replaced by a large communial cloth that was pinned to the bottom of the table in a swag-like formation. Of course the nobility and heirarchy had their own clothes ... sometimes large and embroidered and placed in the lap.

Stitching time

The medieval event circuit is now complete for the year and it's been a bit of a quiet one for Medieval Margaret. Now though, with the weather growing warmer in Queensland, Australia it's time to fix, repaint, make or stitch. The first item for Medieval' Margaret's attention was hemming a new underdress, bought from a stall at Riverbend's Olden-Day open day. All done it will be put away for next year's round. 

Another outing

Medieval Margaret gets out and about again. With another event at Victory Village on the calendar it's time to frock up and join the crowd. While it won't make front page headlines in the local tabloids, it does rate a mention on the inner pages.

Victory Village

A day out for Medieval Margaret. She took herself along to Victory Village, just west of Tiaro, Qld to enjoy seeing the boys at play in the fight arena with some new friends. No favours were asked of her, but what does it matter when she is having such fun.


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