Too Dark to Read – Haiku – August 26, 2015

too dark to read the page
too cold.

© Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

This haiku particularly fit in with my long weekend in Sluderno (Italy) .  Once the sun went down, we only had candle and campfire light.  We sat huddled in our heavy wool cloaks, talking and joking just relaxing after a long day under the public eye … every once in a while a fire-eater from the camp in front of ours practised some of his tricks … it was like an odd flash of lightning flaming off in the night.

cold nights
the stars seemed close enough
to read the future
© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Utabukuro #8

I’m add this haiku here because whilst I was writing it my time ran out to link-up:

[Lake Tana]
heart of Ethiopia
rumble at sunset

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #803 Lake Tana

Just a Note – Off to the Middle Ages – August 17, 2015


Hi Folks!

I’m getting ready for this year’s last re-enactment. Our company, Le Lame del Conte,  will be in Sluderno, Alto Adige (Italy) from the 20th until the 25th.  I’ll be leaving sometime on Thursday, I’ll travel first by train and will meet up with the company in Trento.

Right now most of my time is being taken up with my sewing machine.  In these days I’ve made a tunic and britches for for my son Francesco, a “smock” (kind of like a heavy-duty slip) for his girl-friend Livia and a sleeveless surcoat for myself (a sort of dress that covers your main kirtle and under dress, which I finished for the most part, yesterday.   I hope to be able to cut a similar sleeveless surcoats for Livia as well before I leave (I’m waiting for measurements) … but who knows how that will go!  And I want to cut out some coifs to sew on sight.

I also want to schedule a few posts for when I’m away …

So, I’m very busy and will have trouble answering your comments or reading and commenting myself.  Please bear with me.  I will be home sometime on Monday the 25th – probably in the evening, so I don’t think I’ll be writing until the 26th.

Have a great week … and see you all when I get back.

Ciao, Bastet

If you’re interested here’s an interesting site dedicated to The History of Costume – 1100 – 1450.

Into the Past – Haibun – August 25, 2014

It’s not everyday that you can step into  humanity’s “glorious” past … which is what I did this weekend.  The beginnings of this brief vacation was not auspicious … surprise, it was raining and it rained until we reached Sulderno.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe mediaeval event … known as the Sudtiroler Ritterspeile, was laid out in a huge pasture. Groups in their allotted areas represented 11 countries and about that many centuries too!  The general festive air was fantastic.

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However it wasn’t until night fell that I truly felt the pull of the past.  There was little electric lighting (only around the perimeters) so as we walked along the straw strewn pathways illuminated by the cooking fires of the various groups, the torches on the thoroughfare and candle light in the various “shops” and taverns it really gave me the feeling of having walked through a time bubble.  The bagpipers and musical groups played their haunting tunes  whilst throughout the camp we could enjoy jugglers, jesters and flag fliers.

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My camera wasn’t up to the task of photographing the night scenes.  So, you’ll just have to imagine the magical feeling of walking through the middle ages on cool autumn evening.

life as it was
not so very long ago
not much has changed

(c) G.s.k. ’14  😉