For Father's Day, we spent the afternoon at Kings Landing. Emily is now working there for the summer and we wanted to have a visit with her, since she is staying in F'ton with my Mom and Dad for the summer and we don't get to see her as often. We were able to spend her break with her, and toured some of the other Kings Landing houses.
We were also able to visit with some other friends and acquaintances that we met at the Landing. You never know who will be there!
This is the Moorehouse, the family home that she is helping to interpret this summer. They are interpreting the year 1820, even though none of the staff in the house are dresses in 1820's fashions. (Being a reenactor and living history interpreter myself, I am sensitive to matters of historical fashion). In fact, I am surprised that in a village that takes such pains to be as historically correct in so many other areas, let it slide when it comes to correct dress. There just doesn't seem to be much consistancy. I saw a beautiful Victorian dress in obvious polycotton mix, a man dressed in a Regency/Georgian mix (kind of like a "Fashion Frankenstein"), gowns obviously lacking in enough peticoats to hold it's shape, etc...
My pet peeve for today: Daycaps! ARRRRGGGGG! They have several people throughout the village wearing DRAWSTRING MOBCAPS!!! They are totally undocumentable, unauthentic and should be an embarassement to all but the most rank beginners (and then it is only forgiven because they just don't know any better and it is hoped that someone would gently guide them to a better choice)...and they don't even attempt to hide the drawstring with a ribbon. The least they could do would be to provide each girl with a period satin ribbon, attached with a few stitches to the back of the cap. They could then draw it up to the front of the cap and secure it with a bow, thus hiding the drawstring and making it appear to be more of a corect looking cap. *Sigh*
Okay, ranting aside, I still had a wonderful visit. My daughter is becoming a good cook over the open fire (I got to sample the cake that she had baked). She has had a few cooking mishaps, which means she takes after me. I still remember the first time I tried to bake a pie in the woodstove for Emily's 11th Birthday...it was so burnt that it was black all the way through. Emily's grandmother (a wonderful woman) came to the rescue with a birthday cake for Emily's birthday. She set it on the car while we were busy greeting each other and unnoticed by the family, Nan (our Mama goat), slowly sauntered up and started to nibble on one side of the cake. To her surprise, instead of tasty B'day cake, all she got was a mouthful of plastic wrap. We managed to rescue the cake with one side only slightly crumbled and still had an enjoyable Birthday celebration. It wasn't too long after that mishap that I managed to master cooking on the woodstove, and could produce the most wonderful oatmeal cookies that I have NEVER been able to reproduce in the electric oven.