Childcare in the Regency

Childcare in the Regency

As a companion essay to Monday’s blog post on the servants who cared for the children in a Regency household, today I will touch upon the topic of childcare itself. I say “touch upon” because it is a huge subject so cannot be delved into deeply. Whole books have been written on the historical trends and… Continue Reading

Classic English Cookbooks. Bon Appétit!

Classic English Cookbooks. Bon Appétit!

Do you love cookbooks? What about ones that were written over 200 years ago? If classic French cuisine or Medieval feasts with venison or traditional English fare appeals, then I have just the cookbook(s) for you! The following are the biggies from the Georgian Era and before. In each instance, the books are in the… Continue Reading

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

The concept of an all-purpose, at your fingertips device or container, is instantly comprehensible to our modern mindset. Whether a purse or handbag, the not-so-popular as it once was fanny-pack, a briefcase, backpacks, or simply deep pockets in one’s garments, the desire for a secure place on one’s person to stow essential items are universal.… Continue Reading

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Moving on in the series covering the many people who kept a massive country estate running efficiently, time for the fourth installment. To read the previous three essays, the links are below– Servants & Staff at a Country Estate: An Overview Domestic Servants Who Weren’t Actually Servants The Butler and The Male Staff. Much Needed… Continue Reading

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

The best place to begin this informative essay is answering the baseline question: What is a ceramic? Ceramics are classified as inorganic and non-metallic solids which permanently change when heated. The resulting products have a range of useful properties, including extraordinary hardness and strength, extremely high melting points, and good electrical and thermal insulation. Ceramics are… Continue Reading

Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Placing a covering of some sort over a floor or other indoor walking surface probably originated with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The desire for a barrier for additional warmth from the cold ground and comfort for the feet is instinctual, our earliest ancestors most likely using strewn plant materials and animal skins prior to perfecting… Continue Reading

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Keeping with the theme this week of personal care, I decided to dust off and update a previous article focusing on the bathroom. Whether calling it the bathroom, powder room, dressing room, toilet, or any other acceptable term or slang, houses even in the bygone days before indoor plumbing included a room (or rooms) for… Continue Reading