|I had several options for a Cadfael setting; something in the monastery of St Peter and Paul itself (which could include Cadfael's workshop) did suggest itself, but seemed to offer less scope than Hugh Beringer's house, though I may in time do Cadfael's workshop as well.
|I commissioned the two dolls from Cassandra. Her dolls come already posed (that is, they aren't jointed) and she goes to a lot of trouble to get them properly dressed. I've had several lengthy phone calls with her while she establishes exactly what I have in mind for the various dolls she's made for me. Commissioning dolls is not cheap, but it's almost impossible to get reasonable male dolls unless you commission them; so many of the people in this hobby seem to want Tudor, Georgian or Victorian ladies for the pretty dresses.
|I soon discovered that there are very few miniature craftsmen who make mediaeval accessories. Tony Knott is one, and I got the fireplace and some bits and pieces from him. For furniture I had to settle for early Tudor - however, there doesn't seem to have been much change in the style of furniture between 1200 and 1500.
The floor is partly stone-flagged. I thought the pack I bought had enough pieces for the whole floor, but I should have got two. I'm looking out for more so that the whole floor can be done.