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Offline Anna

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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #75 on: Wednesday, July 9 2008 08:56AM GMT-1 »
 :laugh:It doesn't look good, does it? We live in the countryside, so we've got rich pickings when it comes to wild fruit. There's also a field which backs onto a garden with loads of fantastic overgrown fruit trees, we get plums, damsons and enormous sweet blackberries (much sweeter than wild ones) but we can't reach the sloes (the edge of the field has huge stinging nettles). And because the trees have grown over onto the footpath, we are allowed to pick as much as we like! ;D
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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #76 on: Wednesday, July 9 2008 10:54AM GMT-1 »
Catherine, thanks for the damson gin recipe. We'd been searching for something good to do with the annual crop of damsons from what's fast becoming an orchard of trees at the bottom of the garden. I hadn't thought of gin. Which is somewhat surprising, as I do often think of gin...

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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #77 on: Wednesday, July 9 2008 11:02AM GMT-1 »
All the combinations work well, the best I have tasted is a vintage plum brandy ...

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« Reply #78 on: Wednesday, July 9 2008 05:48PM GMT-1 »
Catherine, thanks for the damson gin recipe. We'd been searching for something good to do with the annual crop of damsons from what's fast becoming an orchard of trees at the bottom of the garden. I hadn't thought of gin. Which is somewhat surprising, as I do often think of gin...


Damsons make nice jam and chutney too!

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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #79 on: Friday, October 3 2008 11:24AM GMT-1 »
I was listening to Copshawholme Fair and thought if its per hour '£5.10 for wages that's less than the minimum wage'. ?
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« Reply #80 on: Friday, October 3 2008 03:57PM GMT-1 »
I think you'll find it's 5.50 (10 shillings you see old money)(sorry no pounds sign and I can't work out what the Euro equivalent is) and it might or might not have included board and lodging.

Heaven knows when the last hiring fair was held although they were going strong in Thomas Hardy's day ie The Mayor of Casterbridge

Just found this on a web site The hiring fairs brought large numbers into town for much of the Victorian period but this method of finding work became less important after the early 1900s.

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« Reply #81 on: Friday, October 3 2008 04:36PM GMT-1 »
Heaven knows when the last hiring fair was held although they were going strong in Thomas Hardy's day ie The Mayor of Casterbridge
I suppose they have "Job Center's" now... which do  the same thing ;)
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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #82 on: Thursday, September 1 2011 11:16AM GMT-1 »
Talking of Captain Ward...I always thought the rule of fighting to 8pm at night was a bit odd...but then I saw this Horrible histories sketch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwn5K89dE5c
Actually rule about going to be at 8pm. lol!
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Re: What's a Bower?
« Reply #83 on: Thursday, September 1 2011 06:45PM GMT-1 »
That's a fantastic mental picture, the pirates just wandering off below deck abruptly during a battle to get their pyjamas on...