Some years ago while volunteering at the Tate House Museum in Portland, Maine, I learned of a beverage called flip. It was popular in England and the American Colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. It seems we often come across names of beverages that seem odd when we read historical fiction or historic classics […]
If you have parents my age, well, first of all it freaks me out that I am so old that you’re over 18 years old. But anyway, folks my age may occasionally use the phrase “It’s a really big show,” with “show” pronounced more like “shoe.” What Big Shoe? You might ask incredulously. Back in […]
So you may or may not be aware that I am *cough* in my fifties *cough* and some of you aren’t quite as ancient. So, I grew up in the swinging sixties and seventies. I think we who did like to think of the time as pivotal in our culture, especially pop culture. And, since […]
In romance novels, particularly historic romances, so many rakes seem to lose their fortunes at the card table. Have you ever wondered about the game, Whist, which is often mentioned? Here’s a little history and info on that game. I hope it helps place it in context.
A New Feature Answering Questions from Latter Day Colonials on British Nobility, Titles and Other Stuff. Do you ever have a question about something like this: “WTF is the “Ton?” I do – often. I have been reading Romance Novels since I was about 12, when my oldest sister corrupted me with a bosom […]