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Micky Blogiversary!
09. Dezember 2022
Happy Blogiversary! Mine is turning 13 next year, can't believe it either... It's more fashionable t...
Heather Well, this is weird.
06. Dezember 2022
We've got flowering tomatoes and golden raspberries here, outside next to the runner beans and courg...
Heather Fluffy Cape.
02. November 2022
Please tell us you allowed him to wear something under the cloak
Harma Fluffy Cape.
01. November 2022
Wow! It is large and looks great. Would be nice to cuddle under. Well done.
Katrin The Things You Learn.
31. Oktober 2022
Uuuh. Having handled that very thin, very delicate goldbeater's skin, I think I would not dare a rid...

Digital Mappa

I've stumbled across Digital Mappa a good long(ish) while ago, and I might or might not have posted about it here on the blog, but it might be time to revisit that. 

Digital Mappa is a tool for digital annotation of manuscripts and images, with the possibility to link multiple different sources, highlight parts of them, and, in short, do a bunch of interesting and potentially helpful things when researching and comparing stuff. Back when I last looked into it, I didn't find anything where you could use the platform without using your own installation. Which I tried to set up, but failed. 

A while ago I received a note about an update to the platform software, and I put on my list to check it out and maybe re-try installing it. These days, I finally got around to looking into it - and I found this article about DM. With, to my utter and great delight, a link to an installation where one can register and then use an already installed, up-and-running version.

Hooray! I've not spent a lot of time with the DM yet, and it certainly takes a little while to get used to, but I have hopes that it will be very, very useful for me and some of my projects - including some collaborative projects as well.



It's hard to believe, but it's blogiversary day again. And, even harder to believe, I am actually remembering to write about it on the very day itself!

Back when I started this, in 2008, I started out writing on the blogspot platform, and stayed there until 2015 - which was when I made a new website on Joomla, pulling everything together in one spot. 

There's been a lot of writing over the years, and there's been a lot of years since 2008. This blog is turning 14 today. FOURTEEN. Please excuse me while I am not believing this for a while. 

I've tried to find out how long the average lifespan of a blog is, and it seems to be somewhere around 3-4 years, but that's from an older blogpost... somewhere. Anyway, I think everything over ten years makes any blog some kind of dinosaur. In a similar line of thought, these days, I sometimes feel like I'm very old-fashioned, still doing a blog, while so many others have switched to (mostly) Instagram, or are on tictoc (I am so old I haven't even visited that yet), or somewhere that I haven't even heard of. While I'm also on Instagram, the blog is still my main thing. It's easier to search through the old entries than Instagram is, and for the instances that I feel like writing a lot, it's better suited to that.

Though admittedly, a lot of the entries are short, and sometimes it feels like I've written about everything at least once. From time to time, that means I sort of run out of steam, and wonder about whether I should stop or not - but then there's this link or that interesting article or something I feel like I need to rant about, and on it goes.

And then, from time to time, I get an utterly nice email telling me that someone stumbled across this blog, and found so many interesting things there... which always makes my day, and is the best reason for me to carry on a while longer. So there we go.

Blogiversary! Coffee and chocolate for celebration!  


Presentation at the CTR, and things to read.

There's a presentation about (Re?)Building Textile Archaeology in the Nile Valley, hosted by the CTR, on December 9 - it's the inaugural lecture of Elsa Yvanez. You can join in with a pre-registration; more information about the lecture and how to attend can be found on the CTR website

The Conversation has an article about the DNA of medieval Jews - apparently some mutations of the Ashkenazi subgroup can already be seen in gene samples from the 14th century.

An interesting site if you're looking at images with Christian content (and there's so, so many of them if you're looking at medieval art): is a "Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts". 


Mixed Links!

You're overdue, I think, for a list of accumulated links... so I can close a few of the gazillion open tabs again. 

You can read something about the history and technique of spinning gold threads here

Late-medieval leather and textile finds, together with window glass fragments and toys, have been found in Berlin. The finds date to the 15th century, and the large amount of well-preserved organic materials promise very, very interesting results. You can read a German-language article about the find here.

The Internet Archive has so, so many different books and other written sources, it's quite overwhelming. They include a very large collections of cookbooks. The Modern Met has put together some recommendations for you here.

Here you can have a look at a very rare type of illuminated manuscript - the oldest income register of a secular manor, the Codex Falkensteinensis. It dates to the second half of the twelfth century, and its illustrations include people doing agricultural work - which is always nice if you are looking for sources for "normal" people.

You can find nice lace patterns for knitting here - the "Kelpies Hexagon Designs". 

If you're interested in loop braiding, the LMBRIC archives are now again available - via this website here.


Well, this is weird.

This year has been a weird one, garden-wise. It was (again) a very dry summer, which meant that a lot of the things that usually bloom were not doing so. That included our wild thyme growing in the area we lovingly call "lawn", though the amount of grass growing there is, let's say, not too high.

Consequently, when the autumn and late autumn were unseasonally warm and a bit more wet than the summer, quite a few of them had a late bloom, literally. That included our wild thyme, which is not entirely surprising.

It also included two calendula plants, but since they are sometimes flowering until November in any way, that was also not entirely surprising.

What really shocked me a bit, though, was this:

Yes, those are strawberry plants. Yes, that is even a small strawberry fruit doing its best to grow.

It's weird, and it is a little bit scary, if you ask me. Looking at how things have gone weird and wonky, time-wise, really makes me wonder that anyone can still be doubting climate change. Folks. Strawberries flowering outside in start of December. There should be no more doubt...


Discover Things at bavarikon.

It's always nice to stumble across a new portal for research and for discovering (and looking at) museum objects. My latest discovery in that regard is the portal bavarikon, which - to my and hopefully also your delight - is available in both German and English. 

You can find all sorts of things there, ranging from 3D images of some special items to online exhibitions and accompanying material, such as the reconstruction of how liturgical chants may have sounded - chants that are embroidered onto the blue cope of Kunigunde, which is preserved in the museum of Bamberg Cathdral. 

Have fun exploring!


December is Here!

I don't know about your email inbox, but mine contained today several mails informing me about advent calendars. Most of those are not really interesting to me, as they're telling me to buy things at a discount every day.

There's one advent calendar I'm really looking forward to every year, though, and that is the one made by Maria and Amica from Historical Textiles. The two (self-declaimed) textile nerds show some of their favourite textiles every year, often with links to more pictures on the corresponding museum page. It's a true gem, and every year I admire them for all the time and effort they invest in that count-down.

Here's the link to their December 1 calendar blogpost. Enjoy, and I hope you will enjoy the following posts as well!