Have you raised a daughter with as much or more gumption than you?? Whew!! Mine’s a task master these last few days, who is prodding, no, whipping us all into cleanliness. It’s a relief, actually, and I gotta give her credit! She is the gem of my life and I love her dearly. I hope I can keep up with her standards!!! She IS sticking to her guns and we ARE having a yard sale, thanks to her!! And of course, it’s Missouri and it threatens more rain, then the sun shines and then it threatens more rain and then the sun shines. And the heat index will be 107 tomorrow!
So thanks for letting me vent!! On to more pleasant things…….OUTLANDER!! Can you believe this is Week 6??! We only have 9 more chapters until we move on to Dragonfly In Amber. We will think nice thoughts and keep the ending in mind as we move through the next few chapters. We know how it ends. We know how it ends. We know how it ends.
AND we have another great guest researcher this week! I’d like to thank Dorianne, @ItsDalp, for her visiting with me about hair. She has some great insights to Claire’s curls and Jamie’s ginger locks!! I’d also like to apologize to D. Elisabeth, @dea4dogs, our Guest Expert on Lallybroch dogs last week. I misspelled her name and she was such a good sport about it!!
I had an interest in the Manor House and tenants and servant hierarchy and so here are a few of the sites I found that speak to it. I really love this first link. Its has pictures of 18th Century houses in the British Isles. Not quite a manor house the size of Lallybroch, but interesting info. There’s a “doocot”, too!! http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/life_01_rooms.htm
And more pics of abandoned beauties from England and Scotland. http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/
Hierarchy of staff at a manor house https://countryhousereader.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/the-servant-hierarchy/
Lots of reading here, but interesting info on the change in the Highlands leading up to and after Culloden
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Clearances Clearances is a new term for me. Anyone else recognize it’s use in Scottish History??
Less reading http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/scottishhistory/enlightenment/intro_enlightenment2.shtml
Maybe needs to be later, but this all VERRA interesting when it comes to politics and tenants and everything http://www.localhistories.org/scotland.html
Now when everyone comes down to breakfast at Lallybroch, I wondered what it would look like. I know what mine here would look like, bacon, scrambled eggs or eggs over medium, toast or an English muffin and hash browns, if I am feeling like some upper arm training. Yes, must grate by hand. Not enough to haul out the mega food processor for a couple of potatoes!! Then there is coffee. And another cup of coffee and then maybe, just maybe another cup of coffee. And I couldn’t possibly forget the butter and homemade jelly or jam. You wonder why I’m round?? Don’t wonder any more!!! Here’s a link to a Scottish breakfast. It’s a beautiful setting. I really do want to make blood pudding and square sausage. It is a true goal!!
A full Scottish breakfast!!
This excerpt is a favorite of mine. I really appreciate the poetic-ness that DG thinks in. Claire’s observation on the ‘fabric of their lives’
“Their shared childhood linked them forever, like the warp and the weft of a single fabric, but the patterns of their weave had been loosened, by absence and suspicion, then by marriage. Ian’s thread had been present in their weaving since the beginning, mine was a new one. How would the tensions pull in this new pattern, one thread against another?”
Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Outlander.” Bantam Dell, 2004-10-26. iBooks.
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***okay, girls, Jenny and Claire sizing each other up. Typical — non-typical? Personal experience??
Jamie is very proud of all the new fangled appliances at Lallybroch. I had no picture in my head of what a ceramic heater looked like and the only brick oven I had ever seen was hand built in a friends back yard especially for making bread and pizza just a few years ago, so it was pretty cool to find pictures of these 17th/18th century inventions being utilized still today in restored homes as well as being coveted in the 21st century. Bread baked in a brick oven has NOOOoooooo comparison!!
Ceramic stoves to heat Lallybroch-this one is Swedish: http://www.remodelista.com/posts/design-sleuth-traditional-swedish-tiled-stoves
Note the ceramic stove in the corner http://www.castlesontheweb.com/photoarchive/index.php?action=one&photoid=6064&sessionid=
Brick ovens https://www.google.com/search?q=pictures+of+18th+century+fireplaces.with+brick+ovens&client=safari&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&fir=wfwbh8x-6Bj_HM%253A%252CARgDUBohvbqk0M%252C_%253BFycHtZm4hsMO6M%253A%252CHEc-uWZJWzsejM%252C_%253BQfN5RwptgOKzOM%253A%252CARgDUBohvbqk0M%252C_%253BERZG9AR0bY8_GM%253A%252CzUkFxHGiivsy1M%252C_%253BX77EXtKVVuAelM%253A%252CN5dBPoBEIcnWJM%252C_%253Bn3G097FcutIhCM%253A%252C7zR4I-fvuB7J5M%252C_%253BvXHlN2wlHiIrQM%253A%252CNYyXPaUuLy0psM%252C_&usg=__tU4fD5UFhA5RvrTeJw-C0rYxv7g%3D&sa=X&ei=3NWeVbCVHYTfsAW8r6zgBQ&ved=0CC8Q7Ak
Now, moving from hearth and home and home made bread to pestilence. . . . . Claire’s small pox immunity made me curious as to mortality rates and this led to a site that lists every possible disease alphabetically, so you can scroll to small pox pretty quickly. It’s interesting to see all the other ‘maladies’ (had to use a thesaurus to find a new word for disease) that we consider totally eradicated. The pictures are pretty graphic, so be forewarned.
I know you’ve been reading the book, but I found a few laugh out loud moments and this was a HUGE one. It’s good for a re-read, aye??
“From this side of the house I could see dimly through the rain the outline of a rocky, grass-topped hill in the distance. It reminded me of the fairies’ dun where I had stepped through a rock and emerged from a rabbit hole. Only six months. But it seemed like a very long time ago.
Jamie had come to stand beside me at the window. Staring absently out at the driving rain, he said, “There was another reason. The main one.”
“Reason?” I said stupidly.
“Why I married you.”
“Which was?” I don’t know what I expected him to say, perhaps some further revelation of his family’s contorted affairs. What he did say was more of a shock, in its way.
“Because I wanted you.” He turned from the window to face me. “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly.
I continued staring at him, dumbstruck. Whatever I had been expecting, it wasn’t this. Seeing my openmouthed expression, he continued lightly. “When I asked my Da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t….When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman.’
I started toward him, and he backed away, talking rapidly. “I said to myself, ‘She’s mended ye twice in as many hours, me lad; life amongst the MacKenzies being what it is, it might be as well to wed a woman as can stanch a wound and set broken bones.’ And I said to myself, ‘Jamie, lad, if her touch feels so bonny on your collarbone, imagine what it might feel like lower down …’ ”
He dodged around a chair. “Of course, I thought it might ha’ just been the effects of spending four months in a monastery, without benefit of female companionship, but then that ride through the dark together”—he paused to sigh theatrically, neatly evading my grab at his sleeve —“with that lovely broad arse wedged between my thighs”—he ducked a blow aimed at his left ear and sidestepped, getting a low table between us—“and that rock-solid head thumping me in the chest”—a small metal ornament bounced off his own head and went clanging to the floor—“I said to myself …”
He was laughing so hard at this point that he had to gasp for breath between phrases. “Jamie … I said … for all she’s a Sassenach bitch … with a tongue like an adder’s … with a bum like that … what does it matter if she’s a f-face like a sh-sh-sheep?”
I tripped him neatly and landed on his stomach with both knees as he hit the floor with a crash that shook the house.
“You mean to tell me that you married me out of love?” I demanded. He raised his eyebrows, struggling to draw in breath.
“Have I not … just been … saying so?”
Grabbing me round the shoulders with one arm, he wormed the other hand under my skirt and proceeded to inflict a series of merciless pinches on that part of my anatomy he had just been praising.
Returning to pick up her embroidery basket, Jenny sailed in at this point and stood eyeing her brother with some amusement. “And what are you up to, young Jamie me lad?” she inquired, one eyebrow up.
“I’m makin’ love to my wife,” he panted, breathless between giggling and fighting.
“Well, ye could find a more suitable place for it,” she said, raising the other eyebrow. “That floor’ll give ye splinters in your arse.”
Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Outlander.” Bantam Dell, 2004-10-26. iBooks.
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Check out this book on the iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/outlander/id418648691?mt=11
So……..after reading all that, I was prompted to look for a copy-able version of the 5 Love Languages. If you haven’t read that book yet, and you have a significant other, you will be very interested in discovering what your love language is.
***Here are short explanations of the 5 Love Languages. Which do you think is Jamie’s? Claire’s? Want to share yours?
***Claire feels like she home at
Lallybroch. What are some of her reasons? What are some things you believe make home HOME?
Another funny moment is when Ian describes himself as a doodlebug when they are getting ready to try to fix the mill. It so reminded of one of my favorite poems from “Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices” Paul Fleishman
Survive the silly beginning and poor fitting, unflattering suits and you will enjoy one of my favorite children’s literature poems!! It’s the second poem of the set. Doodlebugs and whirligig beetles seem the same to me, Ian Murray!! Here’s a little culture for ye!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I first began reading Outlander, I looked up clans and plaids and people whom I thought were actually people. Some were not, but so convincingly portrayed by DG, and then there were those that were truly real. Beauly and the Frasers of Lovat Castle https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauly
Love the camaraderie and the stories that Jamie and Claire begin to share with each other now that the air has been cleared and Claire can REALLY let Jamie in. First kiss stories: Jamie wins, I think!! Claire’s son of a dragoman (Son of a preacher man? http://youtu.be/dp4339EbVn8)
Dragoman def: http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/dragoman
“Ye weren’t the first lass I kissed but I swear you’ll be the last” James Fraser per DG <<heavy sigh>>
Not to harp, but the show chose to not use the red drawers scene due to conflict of historical accuracy. So here’s a site citing the historical chain of evidence of underpants!! http://www.pantspeople.com/history-of-underwear
‘Social’ Drinking in the 18th century
Factor: job terms again!! It’s alphabetical, Factor–http://www.worldthroughthelens.com/family-history/old-occupations.php
Terms of apoplexy explained https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apoplexy I didn’t realize that apoplexy was still used today. Hope I wasn’t the only one. <<sheepish grin>>
Now for a little convo with our hair specialist, Dorianne. I asked her to just share some insights on our two main characters. Concerning Claire’s unruly curls: “It was only difficult for her in the 40’s because the style was brushed out and set! for that reason. Curls were left to their own devices and oil was used to smooth the curl before pinning up. Especially for the working class gal of that time in Scotland.” Then I asked about Jamie’s ginger look. She answered, “Wow ginger hair. We as readers love that color but it wasn’t looked upon in the best light. It was looked at demonic ally for the most part of the time period. I mean even now I know of a few guys who hated their youth due to being a ginger. Even that remark is a put down. Although it’s the most lovely color in the rainbow! A shame, huh? The put down, I meant. And meant to add Claire hair in the 40’s needed to be brushed out well. That’s where we got the ” brush the hair 100 times thing” from to be styled. It’s where we see Claire saying Jesus H Roosevelt Christ, while brushing.And curly hair is flat like a ribbon under a microscope so it is soft and want to curl and separate. Thus the problem if you combing out and roller set to smooth the hair out. The texture needed to be changed for that style. But I think in the 1700’s Claire hair, it was washed and left separated into springy curls and pinned up. Mrs Fitz ask her in Outlander why her hair was shorter than woman wore it back than