«Re-enactors are somewhere, in the wide spectrum, between stamp collectors and Startreck fanatics», Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
From all the things I've done untill now, it was the Middle Ages that brought me to love Re-enacting and made me study everything about medieval history specially about food and clothing in that period.
I have developed a medieval garden in the 1st group I was in and then been the camp cook in another former group for 2 years where I've developed my own recipes. You can visit my research about this interest of mine on http://www.ataleiga.blogspot.com/ and read an article I've wrote for the e-zine "The Re-enactor", issue nr. 35.
Also have been invited to write an article for Skirmish magazine; you can find it on the issue nr. 98.
I also have been invited to give workshops on this subject already, as on medieval clothing. My research on this you can fnd under: http://acovilheira.blogspot.com/
Having been in so many different medieval groups I decided to start my own and I am now the founder of Guildas Aureas(http://www.guildas-aureas.pt/) a group interested in re-enacting different crafts that have existed as guilds in the Middle Ages, since 2009.
After having been the vice-president for 2 years and having been a weaving enthusiast (built my own warp-weighted weaving loom), I've I've added another time period, after having been given the chance to shoot a real bullet from a flintlock pistol in 2009. It's the Napoleonic battle re-enactment and that I'm re-enacting with the fine people of the 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry since 2011. http://www.43rd-monmouthshire-light-infantry-1815.org/default.html
Yet again I find myself researching beyond clothing and answering all my questions on how did people lived back then, specially the social-political conditions of Portugal in the time frame between the late c. 18th and the early c. 19th, which has been my main focus. It's not easy. I seem to spend my free time in archives and libraries. More on that you can read at: http://myneighborwellington.blogspot.com/
Since October 5th 2006, when I started re-enacting, untill now and (a short period!)I have done quite a few things, from developing a garden to cooking, weaving and writing, but what I have been enjoying the most is the living history side of re-enactment and getting to understand the way of life back then. To understand how societies worked is what I like the most about History.
Right now I consider myself as a result of my love for daggers, weaving, gardening, sewing, cooking, shooting and spending my free time researching. Might add yet another time-period, belive it or not.
But I have only one thing to say:
I WANT A CASTLE! (or fort..) ;)