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About Friday 21 August 1663

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"Up betimes and among my joyners": The relaying of the floors intrigues me. Were the old planks pulled up? Were they tongue and groove, or butt cut? Did they use wide or narrow planks (the latter considered more affluent)? Were they pegged or nailed down? The planks being of differing thicknesses would have required either planing or shimming to produce a flat surface. Pepys's wonderful descriptions never extended to construction.

About Thursday 20 August 1663

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Wooden lice combs (including mummified lice) have been found in Egyptian tombs 5000 BP.

About Monday 10 August 1663

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@Rich: Besides his delight in the actual instruments, his measuring rule is a good management tool. Recall how he checked the incoming wood (07 Aug) at Deptford on-the-spot, to the consternation of Pet and others.

About Monday 27 July 1663

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I take issue with your comment, Beth. I may not have ridden for 20y but I still remember saddel-sores. Pepys also rides on whatever saddle is on the horse, rather that his own.

About Thursday 16 July 1663

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The journey of the honeymen -- today they use a honey truck to clean out (outdoor) septic tanks -- hints at what we take for granted nowadays in many urban areas. As usual, further information found in Jane Picard (and see also Rose George, "The Big Necessity".

About Saturday 4 July 1663

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SPQR: For the longest time, I thought the R was Romae (genitive) before learning it was the masculine nominative adjective.

About Sunday 7 June 1663

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@Lurker -- if you are still around -- when matters are tense, the most banal triviality will set off a row.

About Friday 1 May 1663

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It is not uncommon to smear a bit of menthal rub inside a stallion's nose to keep him from being distracted by mares. The disguising cloth ear-covers may be fly ear covers, in use today, or decorative covers often displayed on Arabians in shows.

Amusing story of the Bishop and I presume that the Bishop's coat-tails were pinned down. Having attended numerous breeding episodes, I cannot picture the forelegs extending far enough to reach the rider.

About Wednesday 29 April 1663

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No mention of whether Pepys Pere ate of the meat on the table, as food poisoning comes to mind. It seems once the toxin-producers were vacated, matters improved.