Implements for Writing

Implements for Writing

Whenever I picture folks writing in the bygone days of yore, I always envision the standard quill with pluming feathers. For some strange reason this seems so romantic and dashing! On the other hand, who doesn’t love imagining the marvel as new inventions were revealed? It must have been quite exciting. Those who have read… CONTINUE READING…

KENTUCKY: “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster

KENTUCKY: “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster

Today’s blog is a continuation from yesterday’s post about the history of Federal Hill, the plantation estate of the Rowan family that is now known worldwide as “My Old Kentucky Home.” Please read that article first as it sets the foundation for the Kentucky State song of the same name, written by famous American songwriter… CONTINUE READING…

Silk and Taffeta

Silk and Taffeta

SILK is a natural fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The highest quality silk is obtained from the cocoons made by the larvae of mulberry silkworms – Bombyx mori – which are raised in captivity in a process called sericulture. Other caterpillars produce “wild silks” that do not have the same… CONTINUE READING…

Sock Darners

Sock Darners

As a followup of sorts to my blog a couple of weeks ago on the history of stockings, it only made sense to pass on a bit of information on a device invented to mend those delicate foot and leg coverings. Socks and stockings have a bad tendency to wear through the heels and rip… CONTINUE READING…

Frost Fairs on the Thames in the 18th Century

Frost Fairs on the Thames in the 18th Century

The cold spell known by scientists as the “little ice age” continued throughout the 18th century. So too did the hardships associated with such harsh weather, and so too did the Frost Fairs held when the River Thames running through London froze completely solid. Both the severe freezes and the fairs were extraordinary events worthy… CONTINUE READING…

Highest Recommendation: BOSCH

Highest Recommendation: BOSCH

Time for another TV recommendation from Sharon! Before launching into the details on this one, I must begin with an update on the previous entry on this topic. In September 2021, I wrote about the outstanding Sci-Fi series The Expanse (link to that blog below). At that time, the sixth and final season was still… CONTINUE READING…

January Fashion Plates: 1809 & 1816

January Fashion Plates: 1809 & 1816

For today, I am sharing two Fashion Plates from January editions of Ackermann’s “Repository of Arts” for your Regency fashion viewing pleasure. First up is a morning dress from January 1809— Fashion plate, hand-colored aquatint from Rudolph Ackermann’s “Repository of Arts”, Series 1, Vol. I, Plate 1, No. 1, January 1809. Modern description: “Depicts a… CONTINUE READING…

Jellied Eels… Yum! (?)

Jellied Eels… Yum! (?)

In the 1700s, the Thames River in London was replete with eels. Surprisingly easy to catch, these slippery creatures were free for the grabbing, nutritious, and tasty. Nets were set upriver, and the bountiful harvests quickly became a dietary staple for London’s poor. On top of being cheap, they were easy to prepare. The simplest… CONTINUE READING…

Surprise Movie Trivia

Surprise Movie Trivia

Back in September I posted a blog with Random Movie Secrets for those who, like me, love the world of cinema. I love trivia tidbits of all types, but especially when it comes to movies. I hope y’all enjoy these! Captain America ~ Hayley Atwell surprisingly touching Chris Evans’ chest, as he emerged from the… CONTINUE READING…