[personal profile] vynehorn
Well, it was quite a busy two days. I planned to take a half-day off from work on Friday in order to finish last minute items (like the bisht for Dinsdale), but one particular lawyer-boss made that impossible. Instead, I took a 1/3 day off. After bringing the cat to a check-up, it was down to New Britain to help set up the site. I bugged out early in order to go home and finish sewing the trim on the bisht. I was feeling a bit guilty, but it turns out that my leaving early was exactly what people wanted.

Leandra and I arrived bright and early on Saturday and settled into running Gate, where things went pretty smoothly. After initially being worried that I wouldn't have enough help, I actually had more people than I could use, which was a lovely thing to experience. By and by, Royal court started, and it was one of the best courts I've ever attended. I though that Queen Avelina did a wonderful job, and it was great to see several people in the barony receive awards that were overdue. Dinsdale and Aelfigfu spoke movingly about their time as baron and baroness, and the ceremony for deinvestiture and investiture of Dorigen and [livejournal.com profile] kls_eloisewas very moving. Dorien and [livejournal.com profile] kls_eloiselooked fantastic, as did Miss Charlotte. Their initial court, as well as their evening court, were great, and I'm looking forward to their reign.

My big surprise of the day came when I was called into Royal court. I was completely baffled and thought maybe I was going to get a Queen's Order of Courtesy. But when HRM Avelina mentioned the word "testimony" and Mistress Aelfgifu began speaking, I realized that I was receiving a Laurel!!  I was quite flabbergasted and my heart was racing, but I managed to really listen to the lovely words spoken on my behalf. I'm quite humbled by the praise, as well as all of the hours of work that my friends put into this award.

[livejournal.com profile] kls_eloiseproduced a stunning scroll filled with the type of legalese (from a period document, no less) that warms the cockles of both our hearts. She also spoke on behalf of the Laurels, and while she once again tried to blame me for the whole weaving thing, I'll always treasure her words. She and Dorigen also gave me a beautiful pelican/laurel enamel medallion which is absolutely beautiful. Mistress Aelfgifu spoke wonderfully for the Pelicans, and made me a laurel wreath from the bay laurel in her backyard. Mistress Camma read very kind words from Master Allyn, who spoke for the Chivalry, and Baroness Elspeth spoke for the Ladies of the Rose. [livejournal.com profile] lucianusmade me a gorgeous partlet embroidered with a wreath of laurel leaves on the standing collar, and he and [livejournal.com profile] jdulacgave me a wonderful medallion on a necklace that [livejournal.com profile] lucianusstrung himself, as well as a beautiful pottery "pig" made by [livejournal.com profile] thatpotteryguy. I also received a wonderful CD of Spanish pilgrimage music from Evaine. And to top it all off, [livejournal.com profile] jtdiii cooked up a wonderful reception for everyone to enjoy, despite the fact that he couldn't be there for the day. His Pies of Paris are so incredibly yummy - you just can't eat one.

I'm still feeling very overwhelmed by it all. It was a complete surprise and an honor that I thought wouldn't happen for years, if at all. I will try to be worthy of the order, and more importantly, of the faith that my friends have in me.

Date: 2012-05-20 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thatpotteryguy.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

Date: 2012-05-21 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2012-05-21 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galingale.livejournal.com
Congratulations.
I recognized you a long time ago and I'm glad to see the world has caught up. ;)

Date: 2012-05-21 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you. :)

Congrats!

Date: 2012-05-21 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bytchearse.livejournal.com
I was sad that I could not attend, but please show off the medallion, etc when I see you next!

Date: 2012-05-21 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zaduzbina.livejournal.com
Nothing made me happier than when I saw your name on the poll. Congratulations!

Date: 2012-05-21 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you! That means a lot to me - you've always been one of my inspirations.

Heh

Date: 2012-05-21 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zaduzbina.livejournal.com
And here I thought you were inspiring me...

Date: 2012-05-21 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugh-mannity.livejournal.com
Congratulations.

I'm very sorry I didn't have time to make you an appropriate gift -- but I will.

In the meantime, I took as many photos as I could. This one is my favorite:

From BBM Investiture May 19, 2012


You're obviously listening very hard.
Edited Date: 2012-05-21 02:00 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragoncaller.livejournal.com
An elevation long over due!

Date: 2012-05-21 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nazrynn.livejournal.com
This.

When I first arrived in BBM not as a weekend resident, but as a full-time resident in '05, you were among the first "new" people I met (I'd already known the archery community here since my newcomer days). Every time we met up at events, I honestly thought you already _were_ a Laurel, until someone gently corrected me one day, and I glanced at your OP.

There is nothing that you do that doesn't speak of your skill in artistry that enhances your persona, and the Society as a whole.

Welcome to the Order.

*HUGS*

-Kayleigh

Date: 2012-05-21 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you very much!

Date: 2012-05-21 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2012-05-21 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Yes, I was really trying to listen, despite my nerves. :)

Good fer you

Date: 2012-05-21 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragoncaller.livejournal.com
How did I miss you? Sad. Congrats! It is well deserved!

Re: Good fer you

Date: 2012-05-21 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
I never got over to the listfield - so sorry I missed you. I hope you had a good time.

Date: 2012-05-21 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jofglastingburi.livejournal.com
Definitely well deserved!!! Congratulations!

Date: 2012-05-21 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you Johanna!

Date: 2012-05-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kass-rants.livejournal.com
So that was you in the photos I saw! I thought, "Who's the hot Elizabethan chick and why don't I know her?" Heh.

Congratulations. Frankly I though you already were a double Peer. =)

Date: 2012-05-21 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you. :)

Date: 2012-05-21 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucianus.livejournal.com
I can't begin to tell you how incredibly proud I am of you and of all the things you do so amazingly well. I'm so glad this was finally done and that we could do it in BBM with the whole family there. Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!

Date: 2012-05-21 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you, Luke. It was wonderful to have you, Jehan and the rest of the family there. Thank you for everything you did, and for being there. :>

Date: 2012-05-21 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zfarcher.livejournal.com
Congratulations, and well deserved.

Date: 2012-05-22 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you Z!

Date: 2012-05-22 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anarra.livejournal.com
Congratulations, you earned it!

Date: 2012-05-22 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vynehorn.livejournal.com
Thank you!
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