Annotations and comments

Michaela has posted 25 annotations/comments since 19 March 2021.

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23 Jul 2022, 5:39 p.m. - Michaela

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/23/low-winds-stopped-what-might-have-been-new-great-fire-of-london-says-expert So close!

9 Jun 2022, 4:54 a.m. - Michaela

It is I, the future from 2022, Christopher; I’m almost nostalgic for 2020…

28 May 2022, 5:03 a.m. - Michaela

I can’t find any previous insinuation by Sam that Nan was admiral Penn’s mistress. He warned that Creed wouldn’t be interested in marrying her because she doesn’t have money, and he says that she’s pretty, but those seem to be his only comments. Have I missed it?

21 Feb 2022, 2:22 p.m. - Michaela

I also remember the Raising the Body ritual, I was also around 10 years old at a new school. The girls were friendly and invited me to take part as one of the lifters, I was amazed how easy it was to lift the “body”. It really seemed like magic. I had forgotten about it until now - it would have been in 1972, almost 300 years after Mr Brisband’s experience.

19 Feb 2022, 1:35 p.m. - Michaela

It’s fascinating to read very logical opinions about how insouciant Sam’s behaviour was towards the plague danger - I would have agreed in 2008, but now, after our own plague, I feel we are seeing another proof that despite 357 years having passed, human behaviour has changed very little. Until we truly face the reality of imminent doom we have a sense of invincibility, that things like that only happen to other people.

18 Feb 2022, 8:34 p.m. - Michaela

San Diego Sarah, that’s a wonderful picture - I can imagine his glee!

13 Feb 2022, 6:13 p.m. - Michaela

Is anybody reading this after our own pandemic and feeling a chill of empathy?

9 Jan 2022, 8:21 a.m. - Michaela

Could this be a more successful version of what Sam witnessed? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS9c76V4RDE Seems as if it wasn’t such a new idea, having been invented by Da Vinci.

31 Aug 2021, 3:26 p.m. - Michaela

Here’s the song of a blackbird, my favourite bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB1lgjg9e4Y

25 Jul 2021, 7:09 p.m. - Michaela

11 months earlier Sam mentioned a disturbing dream about his wife falling off a horse and breaking her leg.

24 Jul 2021, 6:31 a.m. - Michaela

The Canaletto - What a beautiful picture, thank you for sharing it; how different the Thames looks now

17 Jul 2021, 5:54 p.m. - Michaela

Tales from the Green Valley! I absolutely loved this series and it’s hard to believe it is now 16 years old - I think still available on YouTube though. I suppose I realized even then that it was highly unlikely that the people involved really spent a whole year living in the 17th century, but it was such a fascinating insight into rural life not long before Sam was born.

8 Jul 2021, 3:03 p.m. - Michaela

This is nearly 30 years after today, but it gives an idea of the dressing process for a Lady - possible without help, but better with it. Probably less intricate for Liz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-GWY73isOE

5 Jul 2021, 1:25 p.m. - Michaela

Sam isn’t writing as a journalist, and he isn’t imagining eager readers from hundreds of years in the future frustrated by his lack of detail. Things that we long to hear about are just everyday background stuff to him. I suppose if we had a day trip to a local place of interest we would write a similar account in our own diary. (I know I’m replying to a comment 16 years too late, this is beginning to remind me of Tom’s Midnight Garden”)

14 Jun 2021, 6:35 a.m. - Michaela

I am also very grateful for annotations and links, it is only unexpected information presented without warning in the comments which affects the feeling that I am living alongside Sam. Like being yanked by the scruff of the neck back into the present. I also know that it’s impossible to eliminate spoilers already given, I was only requesting that no more be made by people still posting.

5 Jun 2021, 2:04 p.m. - Michaela

I think that maybe Sam interpreted the catty comment about unfashionably dressed wives as a jibe against his wife, and the unpleasant feeling (after all, we know he cares about her) remained in the back of his mind along with the discomfort of feeling that he might be leaving her unprotected against the scorn of women like Lady Wright. This could have triggered the dream of Liz falling and breaking her leg while at his side. I don’t believe he saw her as a hindrance to his success, Sam doesn’t strike me as that kind of person.

31 May 2021, 2:31 p.m. - Michaela

Please, please don’t post spoilers, I don’t want to know about Pepys’ future opinion until it happens. This really does spoil my enjoyment of the diary

7 May 2021, 6:43 a.m. - Michaela

which is now fitting for use, and the organ then a-tuning I think Pepys today would say “which is now being fitted for use and the organ then being tuned” At that time the passive form of the present continuous wasn’t used, I think even Jane Austen wrote “the piano is bringing” rather than “the piano is being brought” - but that might be a false memory of mine because I can’t find a reference to it in Google

24 Apr 2021, 11:10 a.m. - Michaela

Perfect! Thank you

24 Apr 2021, 6:48 a.m. - Michaela

On UK TV about 15 years ago there was a wonderful series called The Supersizers go... where two well known presenters dressed and ate in the style of different periods of history. I have just rewatched the first 10 minutes of the Restoration episode on YouTube (the whole episode is there) and it’s as informative and funny as I remember - although they do say a clerk would have had a salary of 500l a years, which sounds like an absolute fortune! It really brings to life the food and drink that we have read about Sam eating, and makes me thank the Lord that I didn’t actually live then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCfx98Ei5lM&list=PLcNoGuHT7bHjcHUfIcD4xtP12xLEg6nsJ