Weekend fun… and not so much fun…

Hmm.. I appear to have caught “the contagion” going about at my Re-enactment weekend…

Matt was playing a beggar struck down with “the ague”, he was all made up “pale and fevered”, and as he roamed around the house, various other people “caught” this disease, and gradually got paler, spottier and we “lost” 4 people to it in the end.

All jolly good fun, however… I’ve obviously had an allergic reaction to something, my face has come up in a lovely rash and my eyelids are all swollen! 🙁

So, I’m on the anti-histamine (For the first time in my life!) and waiting for “the pox” to pass… I’ve heard of method acting, but this is rediculous! tee hee!

I enjoyed Oakwell lots. Cooking in that kitchen is certainly a juggling act, and no mistake! Oakwell is a fully restored 17thC house, the Curator, Staff and “Friends of Oakwell” have made damn sure that everything is as cool and authentic as can be, and it is a wonderful play to go and play in.

As far as what I was up to, the “Kitchen” room is wonderfully kitted out. Nice big tables, a little larder, a open hearth, and a “Range”, based on a similar one in Scotton hall Scarborugh, and from a cooking perspective, made making the “small pan” cooking ( Drop Scones, Tansys, Sauces etc) a great deal easier! It is however a late 80’s edition, in terrible modern brick. It apparently gives off Carbon Monoide when heated, and it does not have a proper Flue.

(Add that to the Sulfur Dioxide that the Coalfire gives off, and I suspect that is where my rash has come from! Either that, or the Nivea “intensive care” moisturiser I borrowed from Marika.)

We also know that the “Kitchen” probably wasn’t the real kitchen of the Hall, as there is no account of it being so in the hall copiuos documentation, and the hearth is certainly too small for the room to have been in a Real kitchen, IMHO.

(Oh, and do they ever sweep the chimney? The amount of smoke hanging around inside seems to indicate not… I must look up it the next time I’m there!)

We had real problems getting the three pots that we did get on it on it! I’m guessing most, if not all of the Fire furniture is repro, but that grate is horrid. Far too high, far too small… 🙂 The hearth has a working period “fire crane”, which is nice as it goes, but gets in the way more than it helps, as the installed grate is soo high off of the hearth!

Our Kitchen Elf Dobie (Mr Costello) did a remarkably good job of playing with the fire for us, nothing would have got cooked if not for him. I hope he is OK, I kept having to remind him to drink enough water!

My Kitchen helpers were all superb too, my thanks to Claris and Francis, Anthea, Sharon, Tracey and Aurora!

Peace One Day

Warning, Moral Alert! If you don’t like Moralising, just skip over this one…

On the 7th of September 2001, The 21st September was chosen by the UN to be “The UN International Day of Peace, a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.” (UN Resolution GA resolution 55/282)

I only found this out, because at 22:00 on the 20th September 2004, I watched a film, relegated to late night BBC4 of all stations, about how “International Peace Day” came into being. The Film was made by a very inspirational man, Jeremy Gilley.

In 1999, Jeremy was a “bit-part” Actor, with aspirations of becoming a Director. He decided to make a film about trying to establish a “International Peace Day”, at that point not caring about whether he succeeded or not, he just wanted to make a film about the process.

He truly thought that he would fail, and the Film would turn out to be a testimony to the stubbornness of the world’s governments.

However, he visited places and saw things, and more and more his idea evolved into something he didn’t want to fail at, and so, he worked towards the dream of an “International Peace Day”, and that dream is now a reality.

This proves that just one man can make a difference. So, I now feel the need to tell everyone I know about this very important day.

Visit the Website http://www.peaceoneday.org and find out about how we all can make a difference.

It’s been a year since I last sent this message out, and things seen to be worse, not better… However, there is always the hope that if people can have “Peace one day” they can have “Peace every day”.

That is why I’m asking you to please copy and paste this information into an e-mail, and send the letter around the world to everyone that you know. I don’t usually participate in “chain letters”, in fact, I heartily disagree with them! But hey, if you are going to do something, do it in style eh? And this one is so worth it…

Don’t you just hate it when your Friends row…

I was out at the weekend, clubbing at TG. Two of my friends had a big failing out. I love them both, and it is hard. I hope they patch it up soon, as it was a relatively minor thing, in the grand scheme of things….

I hate it when friends do that. Two of my best mates got divorced in 2002, and one of them virually demanded I choose which side I was on. I refused to do so, and now they don’t speak to me. I rarly see the other one either. 🙁

Things like that are all poo.