Well it’s time again to set up the tent in the back yard to air it out, to wash up all the dishes and utensils, to season the cast-iron, and to restock the “spice box”. It’s time to think back at the last event, was it a wet tear down? As your unfolding the canvas the dread sets in, “please don’t be overcome with mould!”… “Sigh, thank the heavens!” However through the dread come all the wonderful memories as you dig through the mounds of boxes and baskets, for example finding an old Tim Horton’s cup from when you all decided to run to Timmy’s because there was no use in trying to get the kettle to boil on a wet fire pit! Ahh good times, seems that all my re-enacting memories are dealing with the wet and rain.
Reenacting spring cleaning time wasn’t something I usually did at home, however now that I have moved out I have a few of my own things that need cleaning. Luckily I only have a few things, but hopefully that will change as I desperately need some new gear. A table and two chairs would be nice, oh and trust me this is already on Gabriel’s to do list. A blanket is all well and good to sit on when you don’t have a stay on, but with one, no way! We have tried second hand stores but with very little luck. We have slowly acquired more gear these past 3 years and I don’t think we will get there for another few more years but I know we will get there.
Picture of my Tent (the grey one...)
Oh our wonderful tent… it’s aged, unique and we love it. We would never complain about how it looks as it keeps us dry and it’s nice and big for just two people to sleep in and it was free! Our tent was stored away for more than a couple years, and probably in a damp place as it is grey to black with mould in most places, but we love it despite what our lungs have to say about it. When I was in Ontario with my parents I had it good with the large Marquee that was crisp white, and all the luxury one could want while camping. When I moved away I got my camping dishes and utensils, a blanket, and my current tent. I was lucky to have received a free tent as tents are an expensive investment, and people usually don’t get to start out with one. If you’re looking at ordering a new tent this site it your best bet for pricing and good quality as I have been told: http://www.tentsmiths.com/ most of my fellow reenactors have bought their tents from here, but if you can’t afford a new tent just keep asking around at events and eventually one will come on the market.
I just wanted to say thank you to all who have read my blog so far and all the blogs I follow as it has been very inspiring for me to really hunker down and get sewing. I have been able to get more sewing done since I started this blog than I have done all through the off season. Thanks so much, with your support I will get my very long to do list done!