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Thanks, Jenifor
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Nicola, I'd love to — thanks for the offer. I have such a yen to travel at the moment — a few other major things to be done first, though — and right now, a book to finish.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on A Land of Alpha Castles! at Word Wenches
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Lovely blog, Nicola. I don't know this part of the UK at all, but it's beautiful, isn't it — and anywhere with castles has my vote.
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Robyn, thanks for dropping by. I'm wishing now more of Maggie Osborne's books were available as e-books, so more people could read them. As fpr LaVyrle Spencer, yes, indeed I have read her books. I think they were among the earliest of the US romances I discovered. I found her first in the library, and then, because I knew I'd want to have them, I tracked them down in bookshops.I think Morning Glory was the first one I read, and Hummingbird was another favorite. I'm not sure if I've read The Gamble. Might have to track it down. Thanks also for the recommendation of The Rock Creek Six -- not one I know, but I'm off now to look for it. Much appreciated.
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HJ, You've just named my two favorite mary Stewart heroes. I have a theory that any romance writer who writes a hero called Raoul, fell heavily for Raoul de Valmy in Nine Coaches Waiting. I have yet to write mine.
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I wanted to wear the white cockade so much. :)
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I'm not sure, MJ. The dresses were mostly mounted on stands and dummies, and sometimes just pinned in place, or hanging a few inches off the carpet, so I wasn't able to really make a comparison. Certainly the wedding outfit of the 16 year old looked tiny and narrow, but I just got the impression of an unformed adolescent. Some of the waists seems pretty tiny, but again, it was hard to tell whether that was real or an illusion emphasized by things like bustles and puffy skirts. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2014 on Wedding Dresses, part 2 at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Margaret, no most of them didn't include the hats and only a few had veils -- there were some shoes, also but not many. I suppose shoes probably got worn out and veils were fragile and didn't last as long — or maybe the moths got to them. I think the exhibition was more about wedding dresses than weddings. There were a few colored dresses, too, but as I couldn't provide details of them, I didn't include them in this, as I wasn't sure whether they were wedding dresses or going away outfits—of which there were a handful from a more modern time.
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Maggie, your daughter's dress sounds beautiful. And how exciting to be going to London and to the V&A — what a fabulous trip. I'm quite envious. All the very best for the wedding, and the trip. Thanks for dropping by.
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Thanks, Sonya -- I didn't realize it was an Indian custom, too.
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Thanks, Janice. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Pat, I'm sure seamstresses got carpel tunnel -- and had problems with eyesight after working in bad light for long hours in terrible conditions. And probably other medical problems as a direct result of their working conditions. The trouble is, nobody worried much about the conditions of poor workers in those days, except the poor workers themselves, who couldn't change anything. I had to add in another thread to my current book once I realized I'd totally underestimated the time it would take to make a dress or a pelisse. But at least the dresses were smaller in the regency-era, and didn't have all those enormous skirts with bustles and fold and tucks and what-not.
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Yes, Suzi, it's a pity it didn't travel to other parts of the country.
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I forgot to say, yes, red is a lucky color in a lot of Asian cultures, especially Chinese. I think a red wedding dress sounds gorgeous.
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Shannon, that's the one I think is Victorian-era, isn't it? Yes, it's stunning. And for all the weight of the heavily worked fabric, it falls like a dream. They had several wedding dresses from Australian TV shows — I was amused when I heard some people exclaim "Oh look it's Charlene's wedding dress." Of course I thought they knew the person called Charlene, and glanced at them in some curiosity. Nope, they meant a character from the TV soap, Neighbours, who was played by Kylie Minogue. I don't watch much TV so it meant nothing to me, but I did remember the dress --and the wedding -- from the Australian comedy show Kath and Kim -- and not for its tastefulness. It was on show too.
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Sonya, I agree re the strapless bride-dresses. I don't understand it either. But I suppose they think it's very glamorous. And a bride wants what a bride wants. And yes, the design of the information panels was quite annoying -- as was the catalogue, which listed all the gowns but didn't number them or give you any other way of identifying each one. I took photos of the info panels with my phone the second time I went, but it wasn't much good either.
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Anne here. I'm continuing the topic of the wedding dress exhibition that was on recently at RipponLea, a National Trust house and garden in Melbourne, Australia. The first part of the blog is here. On the right is my favorite of all the dresses, a gracefully falling peau de soie silk dress embroidered with beads and diamentes and worn by a Melbourne bride, Jeannie Corlett in 1957. On the left is my second favorite, a beautifully draped dress that almost looks like a modern day lingerie set. It's a gorgeous silk satin, tulle, chiffon and lace dress that was worn... Continue reading
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Joan, welcome to the wenches, and Jo, thank you for the interview. I have just bought the Guardian and am looking forward to reading it. I also enjoy Dark Ages stories will hunt out your Dark Ages trilogy, Joan. When I was a kid I loved Henry Treece's books (an English historical novel writer) and I also treasure an old copy of John Masefield's The Baden Parchments. And much later I enjoyed Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, and The Eagle and the Raven, by Pauline Gedge.
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Shannon, friends the other night were talking about Boyhood and saying it was wonderful.
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Ute, I've promised myself this series as soon as I've finished my current book. I loved Cross stitch and the first four or five of the series. Lost interest when they went to America, I confess. But I adored Jamie as a hero.
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Oh, Kanch, I'm sorry we pinched your Darcy statue. It's a bit of fun, and fitted in with the theme and the setting here beautifully. But it's MUCH larger than I expected. It was a fun scene in that version of P&P, though I'm betting it's something a real Darcy would never have done -- and in fact I think I remember reading somewhere that Colin Firth didn't do it either, but had a stand in swim through the murky water and the weeds. But frivolous being that I am, I didn't mind the wet-short view at all. ;)
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Thanks, Andrea. I think the Darcy pool toy would be more attractive if it wasn't quite so large and staring. And yes, the dresses are gorgeous.
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"She said they used straight brass pins to hold it. I laughed and said I had never heard of a hero and heroine sea rching for pins to put a lady back together in a romance novel." Ah, but it does explain all those Georgette Heyer heroines who were able to produce a pin on the spot with which to defend themselves against some villain, doesn't it? Thanks, Shannon. Now I want more than ever to go there. I want to Plimoth Village (or whatever it's called) some 20 years ago and enjoyed that experience. It was relatively new at that stage. I'm sure it's developed a lot since.
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Thanks, Glenda. We're lucky to be able to share some places and sights on the internet, aren't we?
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Janga _ a belated comment on Johnny Horton's battle of new orleans. I was at a party last night where there were half a dozen fiddle players (and guitar and drums and whoever instruments were to hand — not an organized performance), playing traditional Irish tunes, and in one song I found myself humming "They ran through the biriars" etc — and then said, "Hey, this is a lot like The battle of new orleans. And a bunch of us started singing it (and trying to remember all the words of the verses), and it wasn't the whole song, but parts of it were spot on the same. And of course, that's the nature of folk music, isn't it? It spreads and is adapted and becomes something new. But I was thinking of this converation last night.
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