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This list is in some form of order of priority. The names reflect the chosen Tudor names. Items marked with a [D] are done, [G] are already got, items marked with a [B] need to bo bought, [O] are ordered.

We need, with items in bold obligatory:
Amys: 2 shifts, kirtle or petticote with short sleeves [O], foresleeves, partlet [O], coif, forehead cloths, jacket or gown [O], 2 aprons, woollen hat, straw hat [G], netherhose, shoes, belt [G], belt knife [G], pocket, inner pocket, bowl [G], spoon [G], mug [G], stool [G], basket [G], second coif, third shift, snips [G].

Hettie: 2 shifts, kirtle or petticote with short sleeves, biggin, gown, 2 aprons, muckinders, clout covers, tights for netherhose [O], shoes, foresleeves, bowl [G], spoon [G], cup [G], basket [G], poppet [D], more aprons/bibs, hat, toys [G], second biggin, 2 more aprons, third shift.

Hal: 2 shirts, sleevless petticote, biggin, cote, 2 aprons, muckinders, tights for netherhose [O], white pants [G], shoes, hat, belt, more aprons bowl [G], spoon [G], cup [G], basket [G], poppet, toys, second biggin, third aprons, third shirt.

General: jugs [G], washing bowl, towels, clouts, bags to put things in, herb soap balls, blankets, sheepskin, plate, linen squares

Station dependent
School (middle class): Amys foresleeeves, frilled collars and cuffs on shifts, counting cloth, jetons, box, measuring sticks, arches, book, ink, quills, ink pot, spectacles, Hettie foresleeves become more important
Cooks (working class): 2 wool aprons, pot holders, plain collar and cuffs on shifts.
Other (working class): plain collar and cuffs on shifts

Sewing to do list, hopefully in rough order of priority, crossed through once absolutely complete:
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Apr. 7th, 2013 08:14 am
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So, as part of my 101 challenges (which I must post about sometime) was going to Kentwell. Kentwell Hall is a Tudor house which hosts recreations, whereby a large number of people wear Tudor clothes and do Tudor activities for periods from a weekend to 3 weeks. Each year they recreate a Tudor year - last year from June 2012 to May 2013 was 1556 in Mary's reign. This year will be 1559, early Elizabeth. School groups attend during the week and the general public at weekends.

We applied to join in, filling in first one form and then another. It was deliberately trying to put us off so they didn't get the shirkers.

I went to the open day in March, which was absolutely freezing. I made some new friends (waves to Anni and had a lovely day.
On 18th March, I got "pre-acceptance". That is to say, they want us (yay!) but haven't decided our station yet. A station is what task we will be recreating. They vary from hovel to gentry, and the clothes vary from lower through middle to elite. I'm hoping to be a teacher, but might be a sutler (making pottage for the workers.)

Until we get acceptance, we can make linens but not really outer clothes because they are very status dependent. However, as I expect to be lower or middle class, I can get started on the children's clothes. Mother came to stay over Easter and so we cracked on.

I have a massive to do list, and shall post it shortly.
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Thanks to crazyscot for the meme.

Up-goer Five on xkcd, the inspiration for this.
The Up-goer Five text editor.

I look at water-in-the-sky. I want to know how it works. If I can learn how it works better, other people I work with can tell better when things like rain, cold-hard-rain and ground-water-in-the-sky might come. I use boxes which say how hot and wet the air is, how far up the water-in-the-sky is and how much sun there is. I work with other people who whisper-to-computers. They use what my boxes say to make pretend-sky in the computers. The pretend-sky-in-the-computers tells them when the rain will come, but sometimes it is wrong. I tell them how it is wrong and we try to make it better. Other people I work with look at the pretend-sky-in-the-computers and tell everyone when the sun, rain, cold-hard-rain and ground-water-in-the-sky will come. Most of the time they are right but sometimes they get it wrong and everyone is sad and tell us off. They forget when we were right. They don't forget when we were wrong. This makes us sad.

Can you tell what water-in-the-sky, cold-hard-rain, ground-water-in-the-sky and pretend-sky-in-the-computers are?
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It is nice to cuddle a small baby, and to see good friends and share their joy at expanding their family.
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So, I should probably quantify this a bit. Various people have various sets of rules for this meme. I know I need flexibility so I am not going to say I can't amend challenges in hindsight or that I have to have planned them all from the beginning (some might be spur of the moment because the opportunity just comes up). I am not going to say I have to blog about them all or take photos or even publish them. I do not want this to be a chore, but fun and expanding, so only a few will be regular for the entire time (but maybe some ones which are good for me will become a habit) and only a few will be difficult, some will be really easy. Part of this is about getting round to doing things I would like to do, part is about getting round to doing things I ought to do and part is about personal development. I can't really do this without support or at least cooperation from family and friends.

Anyway, a more sensibly ordered, trackable list will appear at some point soon.

1/101 completed: C1 Railfest on 4th June 2012. Myself, Ganesh and the children went up for the day. It was at the National Railway Museum in York and we took the train to get there (naturally). It was a lovely day, a little bit of drizzle in the morning, but mostly it was dry, not too sunny, not too hot. We went on um 7 steam trains (some of them twice, three times, four times) of various sizes - from tiny little ride ons, less little ride ons and up through the gauges to proper standard gauge. We saw model trains from tiny-tiny upwards, and saw engines of all ages. Ganesh went into the cabs of quite a few, while I stayed with reluctant children.

101 in 1001

Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:01 pm
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I'm contemplating doing 101 challenges in 1001 days. Most of my friends started this when I was pregnant with Alex, and I thought I really wouldn't have time and would have a big enough challenge with coping with a new baby.
Now... I have a 3.5 year old and a 21 month old.

Well, the incentive is a big challenge. To get comfortable enough in a swimming pool to take my children (well, with the help of another confident and competent adult) swimming without transferring my fear of water to them. But can I think of 100 other items to challenge myself with? So far I'm up to 50 and will post them on a subsequent post, lest this one gets too long.

Sensible, practical (given my family commitments) and interesting suggestions welcome.

Here are some examples of things I have already done and would have included if I hadn't include:
Giving milk (30 pints) but not blood (although I have overcome my needlephobia enough for this, the phlebotomists generally say that my veins are too difficult and they typically don't manage to get a complete vial let alone a pint.)
Going on a special trip on a steam train (champagne breakfast and fancy dinner on Tornado, going over Shap).
Husky dog sledging.
Hot air ballooning.
A trip on a sailing barge.
A trip on a narrow boat.

And here are some things I would like to do, but do not think are sensible targets before the end of 1001 days:
Items which involve long distance foreign holidays, though doable with small children, we want to save up until the children will get more out of them: see the northern lights, visit Canada or America.
Have a go at reenactment (eg Kentwell.)
Learn the oboe or lap harp.
Go on a helicopter - too expensive? Would like to do this over a glacier in Iceland.
Go on a sleeper train (I could do this without the children, but actually, we'd like to do it with them.)
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The book I am reading: The Time-traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. The majority of my reading time right now is late night and mid-night breastfeeding, so this is a bit heavy when I'm particularly tired. River Marked by Patricia Briggs has just been despatched, so I shall read that next.

The book I love most: Impossible to narrow it down. I looked at my library and tried to narrow down authors I particularly liked, but that got to about 50...

The last book I received as a gift: I got lots of books for Christmas, including said Guide (above).

The last book I gave as a gift: The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

The nearest book: The Right Number of Elephants by Sheppard and Bond.
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Recalling this post, which seems so very long ago now.

Things are set to get a little more hectic in the aegean household, come Augustish. (More images: here and here.)

snow (4)

Jan. 8th, 2010 06:34 pm
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Some people might wonder why I haven't mentioned the weather recently. Really, it's not like nobody else is mentioning it!

Snow is something some of my peers study in great detail. They have little cameras which take photos of individual flakes and have studied how they form. Snow morphology is the name of this field. Ice crystals are essentially hexagonal prisms and, depending on the temperature and humidity, they'll grow short and fat or long and thin, simple or complex. So, if you catch a flake and look at it closely, you can learn about what conditions it has been in.

teeth (2)

Jan. 4th, 2010 07:22 pm
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I forgot to mention teeth yesterday. Our little boy has fourteen teeth. FOURTEEN TEETH. That includes all 4 first molars, 1 upper canine (the other is just coming, and these are usually got at 18 months or so) and 1 upper second molar has just broken through (usually got around 2 years).

Brushing them can be a bit of a fight, as he wants to do it and doesn't do a good enough job for Mummy. The fight is getting the toothbrush out of his hand so I can have a go.
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It's been a while since I last posted - and even longer since I last did an "Alex update". Part of the delay is due to my starting work 2 months ago, and life being rather busy since.
Alex is nearly 14 months old now! Looking back on the last post about him, there's a lot of change. Let's see...

Oh dear, I first mention that he's 9kg heavy. Well, several colds, ear infections, chest infections and bronchiolitis later, he dropped to 8.5kg before Christmas, though we think he's gained quite a bit over Christmas. He's not heavy enough to turn the car seat around (min weight 9kg), though we'll try to prolong his rear facing a while (max weight 13kg in this car seat). In supermarket trolleys, I have to watch he doesn't try to eat it (which wouldn't be good for his teeth if I stopped or banged something suddently, not to speak of the horrors of what grime is on it), and watch out if he tries to take something out of the trolley and drop it on the floor. Though he likes to reach out and touch things, he doesn't yet grab them, but that will come! Progress around a supermarket can still be slow with him though, he smiles and waves at complete strangers and I often have to stop and respond to people telling me he's gorgeous or handsome or "going to be a wow with the ladies". Elderly gentlemen like to shake his hand, elderly ladies just coo. Sometimes he's shy and buries his head in my front, sometime he just looks at them with a serious, studying expression - he went through a period of not responding to strangers at all - but now he's back to his grinning at anyone giving him a compliment or smile.

He doesn't clap and wave as much any more, it's as if he's "done that". His latest is to point. Pointing has been a firm favourite for a couple of months, but has changed into an imperious point, usually up, and exclamation of "da!" (an escalating repeated imperative) requiring us to pick him up and let him interact with whatever it was he was pointing to. This is usually either our wind chime or an elephant on a spring given to him by Caroline, though all the hanging Christmas decorations were popular. We also get requested to spin the wooden spiral hanging over the stairs, though we don't let him touch it. If we don't pick him up, then wails result. We don't pick him up every time, though. (The demand to be carried and temper if refused has increased since Christmas when Granny and Uncle David and we would have time to accede to his requests frequently.) Vocally, he hasn't really any definite words yet, but does say "abla", "gah", "da" and some liquid rr and mm sounds.

He's still requesting to stand frequently, and not yet sitting or standing himself up. He cruises around, holding onto furniture, legs, walls, whatever he will, not always sensibly! He carries things in one hand, while cruising leaning on his forearm, and will clap standing up, leaning on his forearms. We await the day when he moves and forgets to hold on. He can get quite far when we're not paying him our full attention, especially to get at something interesting or forbidden. The top stair gate is installed, the bottom one ready but we don't need it yet.

He's feeding himself with spoon or fork, but prefers us to load them for him, though will try it himself occasionally. He realises that a full tummy happens sooner with our help.

He loves pressing buttons - on the TV, on books which make music or "Rrrroarrrrrrr!" On his pretend phones, on our laptops! (He has interacted with IRC a few times already.) He also likes to stack blocks, take apart duplo and has recently started to place duplo blocks together (though the hit rate to begin with was severely limited by trying to put them together backwards, or at totally the wrong angles.)

Hopefully my next update will not be so delayed.


Sep. 21st, 2009 10:52 am
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Yesterday I spent all day running (well, actually walking fast, waiting for buses, bussing and tubing) around London playing "Tubeopoly" against other teams from Cambs West Guides. Paxton Power Rangers put in 2 teams, there were 11 teams in total. The game involves travelling around the Monopoly board to find the answers to various questions - one for each Monopoly square not including the utilities. We also had to attend the checkpoints of "Go" and "Jail". Most squares were worth 10 points, though some harder to get to ones were worth 20. Getting to the checkpoint in the 1 hour slot allotted for each of them was worth 10 points with a further 10 possible by answering a set of questions given out at each checkpoint. We were given the questions and locations of the checkpoints on the train so that we could plan our routes. We had a great time and our two teams got really good scores, my team coming 2nd with 90 points and the other team getting 80 despite the getting lost on a bus for over an hour. I'm a bit disappointed that my route planning wasn't as good as it could have been but now have a few ideas on how to improve that. It can't be totally prepared as the checkpoints are not known in advance, nor which end of some streets, but a lot of it can be which would give us a better chance of winning. I'm feeling a bit bad for not giving the girls more of a chance at planning and reading but they were very reluctant. I think it might be good to do something on a smaller scale somewhere they partly know to get their in-town map reading confidence a bit of a boost.

Some notes for next year (if we decide to go): )

One word

Sep. 15th, 2009 09:36 pm
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Answering some questions )

One word is quite restrictive
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Alex has been growing and is now 9kg heavy - nearly 20lbs. He's graduated from the reclined plastic seat things in supermarket trolleys to the much more grown up standard seat that comes in most trolleys. This is good because I don't have to play hunt the trolley and standard trolleys are a lot easier to steer, but bad because standard trolleys don't have brakes and they're very useful when it's windy.
He's clapping and waving and practising various different sounds. His latest favourite is to blow through his lips like one would play a trumpet. He loves doors and has just discovered drawers (and trapping his fingers in them :-(). We've also tried the swing and slide at the park, which he liked a lot.
He insists on standing wherever possible - it takes a little persuading for him to sit. He can stand holding my hands for longer than I usually want to help him stand, and is getting very good at pulling on my hands to re-balance himself. He doesn't step at all though - feet are planted and staying there. He's still not moving around much, which I should count as a blessing. He's usually quite happy within about 2 square yards' area. Although he turns and moves within a position, such as on his tummy, back or bum, he doesn't change position at all; I haven't even seen him roll over for ages (though he does sleep on his side). He's toppled forwards a few times and cried rather than go "okay, I'm on my front, I can get around like this instead and look I can now reach what I wanted." No signs of pulling himself up either. I both want to encourage and don't want to encourage this. Once they move apparently it's a nightmare, and walking doubly so to crawling. The later they do it the more likely you are to be able to say "no" effectively. But every mother wants her child to develop and grow, and crawling and walking are a part of that.
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100 years ago, at a Boy Scout Rally at Crystal Palace, a group of courageous girls slipped in. In days when showing their ankles or merely putting their arms above their heads was frowned on, they wanted to do exciting things like going for hikes and climbing trees. They asked Robert Baden-Powell for something for the girls and Girl Guiding was started, and a very daring prospect it was too. It's still great fun, giving girls exciting opportunities that they might not otherwise have.

BBC news article
BBC audio slideshow
Centenary Website
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Since the last entry...

Alex has cut three more teeth - the last two at the same time, and he was pretty grumpy with it.
He's been babbling, practising his consonants and today so far he has three times, separately, said "mama". Okay, so he didn't actually direct it at me, but it's progress!
There's not a lot of progress on the bum shuffling, but he turns around a lot when sitting down. He really enjoys standing up (supported) on our knees or anywhere else he can, straightening his body and legs. It make it pretty hard to hold him at times. He can't "stand" for long, his knees buckling quite quickly, then straightening again, but he's taking more and more of his own weight each time and for longer.
He figured out how to clap on Thursday and has been doing that a lot all weekend. He also learned he could suck his big toe. The third new thing on Thursday wasn't so good - a full blown nightmare. He screamed and screamed for several minutes, eyes open and staring but clearly not awake and not recognising me. He didn't look like himself either, just strange and unreal. It was quite perturbing. I cuddled him and told him mummy was here and eventually he awoke, still crying, and slowly calmed down, then fell asleep in my arms.

We also camped out one night in the back garden as a trial run for going to a Scout site for a birthday party this weekend. Should be fun, I hope the weather is good!


Jul. 19th, 2009 09:05 pm
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So, at 251 days, Alex is just over 8 months old.

As of today, he's got 4 teeth, though the top ones are barely peeking through. We discovered the third appear last weekend when he started grinding his teeth - not previously possible. Even tiny quite grinding of tiny tiny teeth drives me up the wall. Now he has number four he has, blessedly, stopped grinding.

He's now a jolly good sitter, with only a few tumbles when he's really tired or concentrating. On Thursday for the first time he bum-shuffled backwards three feet, though he was trying to reach for something in front of him, so he was quite frustrated. It was quite amusing! It wasn't a straight line, more of a curve. He can only do this on our wooden floor so far, so it requires hovering around him because the floor is jolly solid and shuffling I think would make him a little more likely to tumble. Practise makes perfect. Tummy time, he's not really showing any signs of crawling. He's also enjoying standing/bouncing on his feet on our legs. His giggles are infectious.

He's eating food well, though his milk intake is going down perhaps a little more quickly than I would like. He's getting pretty good at eating finger food, loving toast and scrambled egg, banana and strawberries. We're doing mixed weaning - part mashed, part finger foods, and it sometimes fun and sometimes messy and sometimes ... sometimes goes a bit wrong. (Mental note: when telling a certain person to give him strawberries from the pot SB in the top drawer of the freezer, tell him not to confuse it with sweet potato from the pot SP in the second drawer. Sweet potato and yoghurt for pudding... hmm...)

He's growing and changing and changing and growing.. and into the next size of clothing - he's in 6-9 months clothes now.
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