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Mary K has posted 969 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

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About Monday 13 October 1662

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In these homogenized days, milk looks and tastes the same throughout the year. When I was young ( late forties/early fifties) winter-time milk took on a slightly thin, blue-ish appearance and only regained its proper creamy colour and flavour once the cows were out to grass again in the spring.

About Sunday 31 August 1662

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"John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown;
A train-band captain eke was he
Of famous London town....... etc. etc."

About Wednesday 16 July 1662

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I'm not sure that "proud" is quite the right adjective. She was anxious to get herself out of a potentially dangerous situation.

About Tuesday 22 April 1662

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£88 cost.

Expenses on coach and horses for the duration probably included in this sum.

About Sunday 9 February 1661/62

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Yes, £20 is a lot of money, but perhaps the new clothes included a piece of lace which could later be used to accessorise other garments. Lace was decidedly a luxury item (and remained so well into the 19th century) but over a lifetime women could acquire a selection of pieces of lace that would be carefully washed and cared-for, adorning different garments at different times.

About A new design

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Great work, Phil - clear and eye-catching. Yet another improvement to our favourite site.

About Monday 23 December 1661

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"he being to go out of town for all Christmas"

This presumably means for the whole 12 days from Christmas Day itself to 6th January.

About Friday 21 November 1662

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Spitting sheet.

This makes sense and fits well with Sam's reference to "having first put up a spitting sheet".

"fabric attached to the wall behind a spittoon to protect valuable hangings or pictures from splashback."

Judith Flanders: "The Making of Home."
Atlantic books. 2014.
ISBN 9781848877986

About Sunday 25 August 1661

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Two Pepys women are thus failing to buckle, one to Samuel's entire satisfaction and the other definitely not.