Hidden Jems at Las Vegas Renaissance Fair 2016

Last night I promised to share pictures of the visitors of the Fair that caught my eye. I have made the same promise to the good people who were kind to let me take their photos.    

Last year it were the ladies who shone for me – such taste, such creativity, so much effort invested into costumes! Every single one was an eye candy! 

This year I was pleasantly surprised that whole families dressed up in period costumes to enjoy the Fair:

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Individuals were harder to catch, but I could not resist taking a photo even when they had already passed me by. This girl in particular was so organic and deep in her character that both me and Love just stood there peering at her, instead of approaching and taking decent photos as she deserved! 

Lady Butterfly told me that it took her almost a year to create her magical wings! The frame is welded and attached to door hinges so that the wings could move naturally. The whole construction is carried on a kind of back pack straps and can be taken off when needed.  


More fairies, front and back. Or are they actually birds? 

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I had a lovely chat with these fine ladies, who are part of a guild. I wish I could stay longer and continue our conversation – it would have been most interesting! Alas – demands of mothering a small kid prevents one from having intellectual discourse… 

20161008_172845All in all, it was a diverse crowd:  

Speaking of diversity, I could not recognize this gentleman, even though I instantly felt I know him. What’s your guess, who is this white-haired guy?


This is all for this year, no more Renaissance here in Las Vegas for me, but it’s a moveable feast :) 

Next year I hope to finally have my camera (not a phone) with me and spend a LOT MORE time at the Fair. And I already have a costume!!

Thanks for visiting with me and again – thank you for all the participants and guests for making Age of Chivalry such an amazing event!

P.S. If you see yourself or someone you know in the photos, do make yourself known in the comments! 



Las Vegas Renaissance Fair 2016

Disclosure: I have to warn you upfront that this post is by no means an exhaustive account of the Age of Chivalry 2016. The festival lasts three days, Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. There are more than 40 guilds and troupes, over 60 craft vendors, up to 20 stages for performers. I attended only on Saturday and had to leave at around 8pm (yes, right when the real fun was about to begin!) Below are my impressions of the day and characters who caught my eye and touched my heart (some – quite literally!).

Useful info: Location is Sunset Park. Entrance fee is $15/person per day or 3-day pass for $30. Food and drinks, including alcohol is sold by numerous vendors on site – you won’t go hungry! Parking is ample and hassle free in the designated areas, with free shuttle service to and from the festival, every 5-15 minutes.  

Costumes: If you are a costume enthusiast like myself, you will surely arrive dressed up in the best fashion. However, if for some reason you came unprepared, do not fret! You will find everything you may (and may not!) want at the vendors. A shopping-hater in me dies a quick death as soon as I find myself among those fabrics, delicate umbrellas, intricate jewelry, shining armor and noble weapons, precious stones, leather pouches, fairy-tale dust and spices. 

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In the Roman Empire, Caesar was promising to build a wall to keep the “wildlings” away. The crowd was quite amused.

The Barbarian Bourg (aka “the wildlings”🙂 ) have actually established a strong presence throughout the Land this year. An impressive force they are:

Speaking of the wild side, Pan, an ancient Greek god of the wild, hunting and companion of the nymphs, was a wonderfully amicable creature: (wonder if my friend Aqueliana wrote about him? 


These guys know a thing or two about self-promotion:


I suppose by now you have gotten pretty hungry. Let me walk you through just a couple of taverns with their adorable hosts:

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Have you considered going back to school? Here’s a good option:

And what’s a good knight without a kingdom? Pick wisely, My Lord: 

As the sun sat we found ourselves in the Enchanted Forest (where we met a couple of very cute dragons last year) and I was once again convinced that it is my favorite place! Look, a fairy wagon! 20161008_18275120161008_182943

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The spirit and the guardian of the Enchanted Forest is the Dragon (Norbert?) and he is absolutely magnificent! Thanks to one of the fairies of the Forest for taking these beautiful photos:


Unfortunately, this is where I had to draw the curtain… BUT!! when the sun rises again, you will meet the good men and women of this Land, those whose spirit keeps the Renaissance alive in our dull reality – I mean us, the visitors, of course🙂 Until next time!  

P.S. If you see yourself or someone you know in the photos, do make yourself known in the comments! 

Las Vegas Renaissance Fair is Here!

Age of Chivalry 2016 is working its magic and transforming our dull reality into a Renaissance fairy tale once again. Even if for a weekend, we are given the precious gift of time travel and not just to anywhere, but to the most romantic period in history! Kings and Queens, knights, pirates, Vikings, craftsmen, magicians, exotic dancers, street performers, noble ladies and gents, and so much more – a whole world which is even better than the reality of that past as the festival gathered the most interesting and anyone will find a place they feel they belong. 

We are heading to the Fair and I’ll have a full report for you on Monday.

If you can’t wait till Monday, here is my post on last year’s Festival 🙂

Here are a couple pictures from the past years, to warm you up for the upcoming:



Wish They Stayed Babies Forever – Not! 

I hear this phrase all the time: I wish they could stay babies forever! The sentiment is clear – babies are hard to resist. To be fair, they are created that way for a purpose – so we want to take care of them while they need us to survive!

Moreover, as soon as they achieve their relative independence – can confidently take care of their basic needs themselves – they are not so irresistible anymore. Which does not mean we love them any less! They are just no longer “babies” and we don’t drool over them every minute they are around.

Besides, they beauty of babies and the preciousness that goes with everything about them lies precisely in the fact that it’s fleeting! Do I regret not having made all the dozen little footprints of my Little Love on all available media when he was newborn? Or not having recreated all those gorgeous newborn baby photos from Pinterest? Of course I do! But that does not make his current footprints and pictures any less valuable or adorable!
Today, however, this phrase scared me. Because I realized that babies do stay babies forever if they die. Therefore, in no context it is desired.

Still, it happens. To a 6 month old girl who died of pneumonia in a hospital corridor because… There should not be a “because”!!! But there is. The hospital was over-crowded during an epidemic, there were no beds available in rooms and the sick were placed in beds along hospital walls, doctors could not attend to everyone. This little girl burnt in fever. In the hospital. On a bed. In the corridor.

I do not want babies to stay babies forever.

Pictures for Memories or Pictures for Pictures?

Recently we went on a hike to a tiny waterfall here in the mountains. There on the rocks I saw some magical lizards – bright blue with gold, unbelievably fascinating!

Google and Wikipedia tell me they are Plestiodon fasciatus or American five-lined skink .

I was so taken by this wonder of nature that it was only when they all ran away I remembered I had not taken a picture of them (Pictures above are Google Images). But it was OK. After all, I had a chance to SEE these guys with my own eyes, in the wild, not in a picture or TV!

This brought up an old argument discussion with Love: he insists on capturing Every Thing on camera. To me, it often looks like he is observing the surrounding through his phone! And that cannot provide a full picture of reality. I get especially irritated by that when we travel. You see, I want to see, to notice, to observe, to soak in every new place with my own eyes! And nose🙂 And only then I am ready to take pictures. Sometimes, it’s too late and the object’s gone.

Another example is with Little Love. The majority of pictures we have of him were taken by Love. While I sit and admire how beautiful/clever/fast/touching/funny our baby is, Love takes photos of those moments, saving them for the history🙂 I get all angry with him for not enjoying the moment, “This is so important and you are missing it!”. But after I scroll through the photos, I am grateful to him for what he does. Otherwise, many many of these special little moments would have been lost irrevocably as our memory is so unreliable.

In the end, Love is right yet again – pictures are better than no pictures.

But that does not excuse terabytes of useless and annoying selfies on the internet!


Peach Cobbler or so it seems


I feel it’s mauvais ton to post a recipe that I am not making from scratch. It’s like cheating, you know? It’s not in my background not is it in Love’s culture to use pre-made ingredients in cooking, especially when it’s a dessert.

This time, however, the dish was such a success with both of us that I have already cooked it 3 times. Oh, we did test it on a couple we know and they seem to be as hooked🙂


  • 4 peaches

  • 1 cup water

  • 1-2 Tb sp sugar / brown sugar / agave syrup / honey – any sweetener you prefer

  • 1/2 t sp lemon juice 

  • 1/4 – 1/2 t sp nutmeg – optional 

  • Cinnamon rolls dough 

  • Optional: icing and 2 Tb sp of butter 



Peel and cut peaches into however you feel like. I like inch size pieces.

Put them into a pan, cover with 1 cup of water, add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and  let simmer on med-low heat for about 15 min. Or less. Peaches should become soft and the syrup should turn caramel color, but PLEASE don’t over-cook as the syrup will burn. 

When the water begins to boil, add the sweetener. I add brown sugar, but feel free to use any of your choice and as much or as little as you like. 

Add the nutmeg – again to your taste. 


Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 or 6 pieces(depending on the rolls you are using). Spread half of those pieces on a baking pan. No need for any sprays, butter or parchment paper. 

Pour the peaches with the syrup over the cinnamon rolls. Cover with the remaining pieces of rolls. Bake anywhere between 12 to 18 minutes (mine usually take 15) at 400 degrees – I strongly recommend follow the instructions on the packaging of your rolls. Mind not to over-bake! 

When done, spread the icing over hot cobbler and put 1/4 inch cubes of butter all around. 


We eat it in 2 settings – one at evening tea time, the rest is for breakfast.

Now, to be fair, I am not entirely sure this is a cobbler. From what I’ve heard, it is not. But we still think it’s delicious, I love making it as it takes 30 minutes from start to finish, easy to make and hard to screw up. In my opinion, that combination is hard to beat!

Let me know what you think and please do share yours if you make it!