Today I demonstrated hearth cooking at a local museum for a group of senior citizens. I talked to them about the log cabin I was cooking in, and the types of cooking that happens at the museum. Samples of scones were handed out, and I was honored to hear some of the stories the guests shared about their memories of food and cooking elicited by the smell and taste of the scones. We also had guests from different cultures who said that people still do a fair share of cooking over open fires in their countries of origin. We talked about the similarities between scones, bannock, roti, and naan and commented on how universal breads are to people across the ages.
So sometimes as we all know Real Life can take over and you can not seem to have a moment to get a breath. Most of August was like that for me as things picked up very fast at work. However I have been able to take some time off and have been re-charging. Also there have been a few odds and ends I have needed to take care of, one of them is a very much needed hair cut.
I have always been a bit funny about my hair. It was never something I learned to do anything with. Attempts were made off and on in middle school to very very little success. In high school I was involved with theater and hair was something you handed over to someone else. For the most part I have kept my hair a little longer then shoulder length. Though by the end of this summer it had grown midway down my back. This was as Lady Jen pointed out, a wonderful thing, as it would give me more then enough hair to put up for Balls and 1812 events. Over the past year it has done me very well for these types of outings. I even managed to learn how to pull it back into a bun! Over the summer I think I looked up more pictures of Regency hair then anything else. All of them for long hair many of them with steps on how to achieve the look. Booked marked and filed away for events in the fall.
It did however hit a point that as lovely as it was for events, it was getting to long. The final straw came when one night when this long mane was fanned out over the bed. His Lordship asleep rolled over on to it…then I rolled over. Needless to say it woke me up and I knew something had to be done. So on the first day I had off I drove over to the salon and had counted on getting a trim. Despite talking a big game about going short I had a very strong feeling that it would be nothing more then a trim, after all I still had all those events this fall.
For what ever reason as I sat down I told her to cut it short. In fact it it now the shortest I have ever had it. In side of 45 minutes it went from down my back to about an inch above my shirt collar. Happy and much lighter I set out to grab a coffee. Feeling great until I gave a bit of thought to all the Regency events coming up. As it stands right now I can barely get it pulled back let alone get it in a bun. Not a huge fan of dancing in a turban. What is a Lady to do?
I have been looking at pictures of Lady Caroline Lamb. Many of us know that she is the post girl for short hair during this time. After looking at pictures of her what I can’t work out is just how short her hair was un-curled. Could I just curl it all and push it forward? As for historic ways to do this is there a difference with paper curls vs rag curls other then the maternal used? Dose it even matter and should I just suck it up and turban it all?
So readers I ask you if you have any tips tricks or thoughts on this. I have a little under a month until the next big event and hope that it’s not a hair raising one.
So as I have said in an earlier post sometimes my work life and my GTRG life sort of come together. I work in history and one of the ways things over lap is the War of 1812.
As I was cleaning my desk yesterday at work I found a very very full file folder in a bin. At first I was unsure what this was. Looking down I saw that the folder was in my 1812 bin. It was the a folder that had grown so large, so thick and so heavy that I had moved it over to a bin. In my hands was what I had thought would be a slim file when it all started.
So what was in the file/bin? Glad you asked. It currently holds almost every single news paper clipping about about 1812 that has come out in the past year, both history biased and event reviews. A photo copy of all the local men who took part in The Battle of York (will be writing more on that soon) and a very large very poorly photo copy of a surgeons journal. Oh and about a pound of random pages on different topics.
Some of it is highlighted, some of it I have no idea where or why I had collected it, and most of it has some sort of sticky note jammed on the front, with notes that mostly say “neat” and “you liked this” on them. A few of the clippings have my father’s writing near the header with his all caps letters reading “1812 FUN” or “MORE FOR YOU TO READ”.
So I put this out to you fellow GTRG’s, what do you think should be done with all of this? Sort? Scan? Keep and write up something? What would you do with a big old pile of info?