So who am I?
Well I guess there are two sides to me; Viking Lady Aine, the viking sword makers wife who does viking re-enactment; and Anne, the 9-5 worker who loves gardening and finding interesting places to visit when she can (usually with a camera in tow!)
And yes, I am married to a sword maker; if you want to have a look at what he makes you can check it out here!
I’d always loved history, so when I got involved in viking re-enactment it was a chance to live behind the times. The name came about five years ago as I needed to find a viking persona that I would use at living history shows. I didn’t want to be Brunhilde or anything like that – so I decided I was an Irish Lady (Aine) who met and fell for a viking sword-smith while he was in Ireland. Now I travel the viking world as his better half!!
Mind you when I started out re-enacting I wasn’t too keen on the whole ‘dressing up’ thing! But as time went on, I found it was easier to join in than sit on the side lines and watch! I found it much more fun, and I could access areas of shows that are open to re-enactors only (with the non authentic camera in tow)!
Someone showed me how to nalbind; nalbinding progressed to learning to dye wool yarn with natural dyes. I use things from my garden to create the dyes; nettles, blackberries, onion skins, ivy…….
My viking journey continues…. who knows where it will lead!
Then there’s me; Anne, the 9-5 person.
So I’ve already said I love history; old buildings, sites, hidden gems….. and taking photographs of where I’ve been. See, you have to travel to modern viking events in the 21st century and that has offered me the chance to visit some pretty cool places, mainly in the British Isles.
So that’s where ‘My Places’ fits in….. these are the hidden gems of places we have visited when not doing re-enactment, and the wonderful natural world we live in!
Then there is the garden, my other main interest. I grew up helping my parents in their garden, and I still find that it’s a wonderful way to escape from the maddening crowd! And from the garden come the fruits, flowers and herbs that can be used for dyes, jams, jellies, preserves and even the odd beverage!
I guess what I’d like to do with the blog is highlight what a 21st century re-enactor gets up to; both in re-enactment and normal life. The posts will definitely cross between the two from time to time – but it’s all me!
Feel free to browse through the posts and tags on the right side of the page. Posts and comments are always welcome – I always like a bit of feedback!
One last thing; all photos here (unless otherwise stated) have been taken by me and are copyright to me – that’ll be the ©Stevierad or ©Viking Lady Aine marks 🙂