On Saturday I went to the Tudor House museum. They had a jam packed weekend full of Tudor Revels and although there was lots I would have liked to have gone to the one talk I was really interested in was 'The Queen in Context: Anne Undressed' by Lyze Lynch.
Lyze talked us through the various layers of her outfit. This is the style of travelling gown Anne Boleyn would have been wearing when she visited Southampton during her marriage to Henry VIII.
She started with the coif, a close fitting cap to cover the hair, then the type of hood, this style is called a French hood.
The black gown is held in place with pins at the front and once removed you can see the kirtle. The kirtle is the part which would be more luxuriously decorated. Fabric was expensive and the Tudors made use of every scrap. Any pieces would be kept to patch up the kirtle as needed and cut offs would be used to make the matching sleeve inserts with would be tied on with ribbons beneath the sleeves of the gown.
Lyze is now wearing her linen smock and over the top of this is her petticoat. Apparently historians aren't sure why red was used but the general theory is that red is seen as the colour of health.
The talk lasted nearly an hour and was fascinating, I learnt lots.
Whilst waiting for the talk to begin I had a quick wonder around the museum, but I have been here fairly recently and it was getting busy with other visitors so I spent the little time I had looking at the small exhibition, Cherish by Susan Cutts.
Taken from the literature provided...
'Maiden's garlands have a long Hampshire tradition. When a young woman (or sometimes a young man) died before their wedding day, local women would make a paper rown to be carried in front of their coffin. After the funeral, the crowns were placed in churches and were often accompanied by handkerchiefs, rosettes, gloves and fans bearing the names of the deceased.'
The works in Cherish are inspired from the history, occupants and artefacts of Tudor House and represented in paper sculptures of hats, gloves, fans and dress sculptures.
I had an extra trip to make on Saturday.
The opticians, to collect my first pair of glasses.
I need them when using the computer.
I have taken a huge amount of photos trying to get something halfway acceptable, no giggling please!
I tried a new recipe. I made Pizza style whirl buns which was in Asda's free magazine, August edition. They were suggested as a picnic treat. I made them to have as rolls for our vegetarian hot dog. They were tasty but probably better as a picnic treat or maybe with soup.
On Sunday morning the four of us went out for a short walk, within minutes T and S were running ahead of us, enjoying being out which was a joy to see.
G has been off work again due to more back pain. He has been resting all week. We were only out for a while but it would appear the fresh air and exercise wasn't so beneficial to him as he was hoping to return to work today and now has pain in his foot. Not great.
Although it looks cloudy and quite stark in this picture it was mild enough to be comfortable to be out in just a thick cardi, no coat needed as yet.
Just had to snap S next to this tree seeing as someone had painted her initials on it!
Not much to catch our eye today except for this one wild rose clinging onto life whilst the rest of this shrub was smothered in hips and the smiley face on this tree which made us smile too.
Back home to enjoy tea and tea loaf which I made using this recipe.