Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring break is but a lovely memory....

Spring break is over, and yesterday it was back to the grind for me. However, I had a great time on my Spring Break, and ended up with some fond memories and good laughs, even a bruise or two, but not much rest!

What did the rest of you out there in teacher-land do on your Spring Breaks? I'm curious, so I decided to join the Spring Break Linky Party over at Live, Love, Laugh in 2nd grade! You can find a bunch of links to posts about what teachers did on their spring breaks! I don't normally do "all about me" posts, but I do want to let you know a little about me every now and then!

As for my Spring Break,'s a little different than your typical Spring Break! My husband and I do living history, historical reenactment, and often participate in events held by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Every chance we get, we're off to one event or another where we spend our time living as and portraying Iron-Age Celts.

We camp in white canvas tents, dress as Celts, and participate in a variety of other activities based on the historical period. Most people choose a craft they are interested in, research how it was done in period, and learn how to do it using the same or similar methods. Some folks in our group are fiber artists and do things like spinning, dying, weaving, knitting or sewing. Other folks are metalsmiths and do casting, pouring, blacksmithing, or helmetsmithing. These are of course, just a few examples. Many of us also like to participate in armored combat!

We also research the area and specific time period which we are portraying, and develop a persona. Our persona is a developed story about the person we portray based on historical research. We even choose a name for our personas and usually go by that name at events.

Now that you think I'm COMPLETELY crazy, here are a few pictures you can check out! Note that not all of these photos were taken on Spring Break (I am waiting to get some from others), but at the same events in previous years, or some from similar events, so that you can get an idea of what we do!

Our encampment at one of the larger events we attend in the summer.
My armour for when we do armoured combat.

Here's a shot of some of the combat.

So, that's what I did on my Spring Break! What did you do on yours? Feel free to chime in by leaving a comment, or if you're a blogger, head on over to Live, Love, Laugh in 2nd grade to join in the linky party!

If you'd like to see more pictures, check out my friend's photo gallery. If you're interested in the SCA and would like to know more, check out SCADemo.

1 comment:

  1. This is SO cool Laurah!!! I wish we had something like that out here. Thanks so much for linking up. I hope you had a great Spring Break :)

    Live, Love, Laugh in 2nd Grade