Thursday September 27
Friday September 28
A few weeks after James and I had met 37 years ago he had arranged a trip to London for his friends in Singen and since I was now his girl friend I joined in too. Of course since he was in England, he had to take time out to see his father and sister. The rest of the group went to see Hampton Court while James and I took the train to Windsor. The first time to meet my future family ... without really knowing the language yet. - - - To make a long story short, when James asked what we might want to do today I suggested Hampton Court which I did not get to see 37 years ago.
We borrowed Jane's car and brave James drove. What a traffic! We took Cui so he could tell William all about it when we are back.
I was very impressed with our visit to Hampton Court. Here is the link if you like more information. I took many pictures but it is really difficult to capture it.Through the first gate was the court yard where arriving guests were ushered to one of the suites even with there own 'bathrooms'. Some life-size wooden people were standing, sitting or laying around looking like they were from the 16th century.
In the first kitchen was this fireplace which when you went up the steps and looked around ...
... you could see this vast copper kettle where meats and stews were cooked.
It was very interesting to learn that at that time the pie crust was not really a crust and was not eaten. It was just flour and water made into a 'pot' so the food could be cooked in the oven ... in lieu of real cooking vessels. The 'pies' were opened and the food spooned onto plates for 3 or 4 people.
A very efficient oven situation. Charcoal fires with drafts from bellow. Fiery coals could be easily added or taken away for heat control ... several stations in a row.
scurvy. Here servants had to pile the wood 6 feet high and rotate spits, one with each arm each the weight of himself.
Queen Mary II and her Dutch husband William III (1688-1702). William was a very private person. He liked to read and liked art. He had a great way to hang pictures on red velvet covered ropes from rods along the top of the walls so he could easily rearrange or exchange them. Might have to addopt that for one of my picture displays.
Here is what Wikipedia says.
Called Merrills in English the rules are here.
I found the rules here but on several sites the board always looked differently. Don't know.
Of course the visitors waiting might need to use a special room. It was called 'The Garderobe' which is funny because that's were German guests hang her coats when they visit.
There was a sign on the wall stating: The Orders devised by King's Council for the Garderobe, since to retain urine is hurtful to health:
ITEM no person shall make water or cast annoyance within the precinct of the court whereby corruption may breed.
ITEM being all alone to let it go, otherwise you must disguise the sound by coughing.
There was another wing of the palace which was called Georgian. The Queen of that time loved her bath. A huge linen cloth was laid into the tub so not to get any splinters in the royal you-know-what since it was a wooden tub. At that time bathing every day was thought to be very unhealthy but the queen thought otherwise and made the king and her children do it too.
I had a fish pie. So good.
Jane had calves liver with chips (french fries!)