Since then, a fair amount has happened:
- Between the end of August and the beginning of September, I submitted a heraldic will, Lady Avelyn submitted a badge, and the Shire of Midhaven re-submitted both a populace badge and a badge for the Company of the Tulip. As of now (February 2013), all of these items, except the badge for the Company of the Tulip passed at the Kingdom level and are being considered at Laurel. I have proposed some more designs to the Shire for yet another resub of the Co. of the Tulip badge, and will probably submit next month.
- The Shire of Midhaven held its annual Harvest Feast, wherein my lady wife was awarded membership in the Order of the Jambe de Lion (and her Grant of Arms), and several others were given Awards of Arms, including Lady Martha at Gore, Lady Elizabeth at Gore, Lady Libuše Makovička, Lord Cailin Cobb, and Lady Fujioka no Kaorime. For these last two, the court ceremonies for their Award presentations were written by me. Also at this event, we met a new friend, Baroness Stephania von Graz, OC, OD, OHA. She is an accomplished scribe.
- After Harvest Feast, I was invited to serve on the retinue of the next King and Queen of An Tir.
- In December, we attended the Barony of Aquaterra’s annual Good Yule. Lady Martha was there made aware of her Award of Arms, a great secret that we had kept since she was unable to attend Harvest Feast. After about 30 years playing in the SCA, it was about time, and she is still basking in the appreciation. Also we sat with Baroness Stephania during the feast.
- Over the holidays, we took some time and visited family in Arizona and California. One of the gifts I received was a large brass hand bell -- perfect for doing town cry!
- Then in January, we were unable to go to Twelfth Night, but heard report that the Towne of KeyPoynt (a confederation of small households, mostly within Midhaven) was made an armigerous group by King Vik and Queen Astrid. Huzzah to KeyPoynt!
- Later in January, all the work that Lady Avelyn and I had been putting in toward Ursulmas came to fruition. That is, Ursulmas happened. Originally, I had not intended to attend, but being on royal retinue, I wanted to come so that I could actually get a chance to serve while Their Majesties still reigned. It was a success. Lady Avelyn had a successful time demonstrating period garb with her friend and teacher, Lady Elewys, and while I was on guard duty with the King, I got to see a surprise knighting on the field. I also got to assist in heralding royal court in the evening, and Duchess Angharad added Baroness Stephania to the family as a fellow protégé. Also, one of my heraldic consultation clients, Mistress Gulenay, finally submitted her name, device, and badge to the College of Heralds.
- Now, looking forward, I'm accepting pre-registration for Youth Allthing, which has been postponed until April, and beginning work on July Coronation, for which I am in charge of pre-registration for gate and RVs, coordinating camping reservations, and helping with site layout and created the artwork for the site tokens. I want to see if we can get a web form posted online for pre-registration, so as not to have to deal with illegible handwriting and postal delays.