Did You Know


In case you haven't seen this before -
some of these are very interesting!

The next time you are washing your hands and
complain because the water temperature isn't
just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took
their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty
good by June. However, they were starting to smell so
brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body
odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet
when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot
water. The man of the house had the privilege of the
nice clean water, then all the other sons and men,
then the women and finally the children-last of
all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you
could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,
"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."



Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high,
with no wood underneath. It was the only place for when it
rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals
would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying
"It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling
into the house. This posed a real problem in the
bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really
mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with
big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded
some protection. That's how canopy beds came into
existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something
other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor."
in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw)
on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter
wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you
opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A
piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence
the saying a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with
a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every
day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers
in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over
the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that
had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme,
"Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge
in the pot nine days old."
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them
feel quite special.

When visitors came over, they would hang up their
bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man
"could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a
little to share with guests and would all sit around
and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with
high acid content caused some of the lead to leak
onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This
happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next
400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got
the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,
and guests got the top, or "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The
combination would sometimes knock them out for a
couple of days. Someone walking along the road would
take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They
were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of
days and the family would gather around and eat and
drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence
the custom of holding a "wake."



England is old and small and the local folks started
running out of places to bury people. So they
would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a
"bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening
these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to
have scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they thought
they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse,
lead it through the coffin and up through the ground
and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out
in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift")
to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved
by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."
And that's the truth... Now , whoever said that
History was boring ! !
Educate someone...Share these facts with a friend!

Rita



MIDSUMMER MAGIC

Each year, around June 21st, the sun reaches a turning
point in its journey through the sky.We get our longest
day and our shortest night.and for those who still
remember the old ways of our land, it becomes
time to celebrate summer solstice
In the minds of many , this ancient festival is inextricably
linked to STONEHENGE , a mysterious circle
of ancient rocks in Wiltshire.
Once , only a handful of Druids gathered to greet
the dawn.Now people flock there by the thousands
They party all night until it is time to dance, drum,stamp,
shout, cheer and chant a welcome to the first rising
sun of the new celestial season