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Tim has posted 20 annotations/comments since 4 May 2014.

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About Sunday 29 June 1662

Tim  •  Link

Speaking as one, Samuel is a rather untypical husband in noticing and complimenting (or criticising) his wife's clothes....

About Sunday 25 May 1662

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Pumice is a very common method of removing stains etc from hands. Using it instead of shaving seems to be step too far. (of course, living in a volcanic region, I can pick up pumice from any sea shore - the sea water does wear off the really rough bits of the stone)

About Sunday 15 December 1661

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With servants sharing the bedroom during winter (See above, some entries ago) and with much of the housework involving the mistress as well as the servant, for compatible relationships between all in the household would have been essential for a smooth runing - It was only in Victorian times that servants and mistresses became separate beings

About Monday 2 December 1661

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I wonder if Savill hurriedly told his servant to tell Sam that he was sick. Just didn't feel up to Sam pointing out where he was going wrong in his brush strokes and otherwise peering over his shoulder...

About Thursday 7 November 1661

Tim  •  Link

Yes, Mrs P may have been at many of these meetings, just silent and unrecorded. Sam seems to be quite skilled on the theorbo - enough to tell a bad teacher, at any rate

About Sunday 3 November 1661

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Right up to the 1970s, we only ate chicken at Christmas. Otherwise it was beef or mutton, with the occasional pork.

About Friday 4 October 1661

Tim  •  Link

- Did Lady Batten's enthusiasm persuade Sam to give 'Victoria' another go? - But, no - Lady B's still a fool... Cheese very much an essential food for the servants, sailors and poor- Meat expensive and rare - meatless Fridays no hardship since most other days were meatless. And Sam himself a couple of days ago dined on bread and cheese.

About Monday 23 September 1661

Tim  •  Link

That is what I find strange - trying to engage with commentators of a decade ago. Are such as the formidable Vicente and Australian Susan still around?

About Sunday 15 September 1661

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Kite and carrion:
I agree with A Hamilton of a decade ago. Sam makes a clumsy pun - sort of thing one tries out on friends, one or two who , probably in their cups, think to be hilarious (but then they all can't be gems). Interesting that according to annotations, Peg Kite marries a weaver whom Sam thinks to be a 'beggarly rogue'

About Sunday 8 September 1661

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Sunday an unofficial halfday off for servants? - they would get very little other breaks - and they would grab a chance to sleep when they could -