December 2020 Newsletter

Routine Maintenance and Upkeep


I have not done as much upkeep as I would have liked this month. I did clean out the morgues. The blame for most of it is on a heavy workload at the day job and the holidays. I just spent less time fiddling online. However, I have not neglected my commitment to good links, and the entire site has been run through and checked for dead or broken links. Everything is up to date and functioning. Though I have some not-computer-based personal projects for winter, hopefully, I can use some of that overwintering time to get some of the projects here complete. For instance, yesterday I noticed the Groups Billboard is one of the most popular and frequently navigated parts of the website, followed by the tutorials page. Both of those pages are incomplete in some way based on standards I have set for myself. The tutorials deserve more elaboration on what you can expect to find at each link, in the way I have a synopsis listed for each of the books I recommend or an indication of the inventory for each entry in my merchant and artisan rolls. Likewise, not all the groups included on the billboard have pictures and details as they should. You deserve it, and I will continue to work on it.

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2020 – A Year in Review

2020. What a year. For many it’s one of the worst years of their lives… the year they lost their homes, or their business, or their family. For many students going into and out of school it was a year of lost opportunity and the loss of traditions afforded to everyone else in their community before them such as proms and graduations and varsity sports championships. People’s weddings were postponed or cancelled. Vacations people had been planning for months or years or a lifetime were waylaid. The world was turned on its ear. I was once told, and it has always resonated with me, enjoying life is about appreciating contrast. Not in a philosophical sense wherein bad must exist to for there to be good or for people to appreciate good, but in an entirely pragmatic sense: good and bad experiences exist and in this context it doesn’t matter so much why. Sometimes we’re out in the daylight, it’s clear and sunny and pleasant. But night always falls (and the night always ends with the rise of the sun.) But even at night stars shine in the sky, the moon reflects our absent sunlight as a reminder of the coming dawn. It is in this mindset we focus today on the stars and the moon and the bright highlights of all the good things which happened around Neep Manor during the long, bitter night of 2020.

So I thought I’d look at the last year in the form of some top lists.

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Interview with Not Another Costuming Blog

Featured Image Turnip Talk

Interview With Not Another Costuming Blog Turnip Talk

It is my pleasure to present to you a conversation with Callie from Not Another Costuming Blog. As a student of, among other things, fiber conservation and a talented costumer, we discuss all things sheep, wool, fiber, and fabric both as a historical curiosity, and how it applies to living history. 

St. Neepolas’s Secret Santa

Here at Neep Manor we have a socially distant, medieval themed Secret Santa! I also have Historic Enterprises, Inc., Gaukler Medieval Wares, and Ylva the Red offering deals for participants!

First, to sign up, there is a google form where you send your name and address. Sign up will be open all weekend, until 23:59 on Sunday the 13th. Monday morning I will handle matching participants and send you your special someone. Then you have all next week to find a medieval themed gift! Lets keep gifts in the $20 – $30 range for fairness’s sake.

So about those deals: each participating business is offering the cost of shipping (up to $15) as store credit for future purchases. Opportunities are limited and are first come, first serve. Members of the household who support on Patreon receive priority in choosing coupons. Send me a PM to receive coupon codes and instructions for the business you want to use.

Happy shopping!

How Two Medieval Episode Thirteen

WWII Crossover featuring The Reenactor’s Corner

Episode 16 – Mini Episode Two (Cold Hike) How Two Medieval

Today we are joined by the good folk over at The Reenactor’s Corner where we compare and contrast WWII reenactment and medieval reenactment. 

Hosted by: Todd of the Black Spear and Ari, The Turnip Of Terror

Also debuting a super special guest and incoming host Matt Blazek of History Live North East.

November 2020 Newsletter

Routine Maintenance and Upkeep


I changed templates… again. The idea behind the other one was to give me the ability to make the home page a “news bulletin” style page. However, the upkeep was more work than the site was being used for the purpose. The template was also incapable of having pages without side bars, and I prefer when the informational pages on the site are less cluttered. So I switched templates again and scrapped the bulletin as I suspect most people get their news updates from Facebook anyway.

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Medieval Cooking with Children: Armored Turnips

Join us in this installment of Medieval Cooking with Kids as I, The Turnip of Terror, and my Little Turnip assistant make a medieval recipe for armored turnips.

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