Having looked at the Tudor starters and main course meals last week, we are concentrating today on their ‘sweet meats’ as they were called. (Samples of these were laid out on for us to view on this impressive round table standing in the bay window in the parlour.)
‘We’ started off very nicely with this little Trendon baby having a closer look and occasionally handling a few of the sweets until a rather ‘bossy National Trust guide’ decided that ‘we’ weren’t allowed to touch the displays as such ….and so ‘that was that!’
Many of the sweets like these were Marzipan based (and I just love marzipan!) decorated with nuts, dates etc.
Scones, preserved fruits in syrups, tarts, cakes and biscuits were in plentiful supply and looked deliciously tempting.
(There were some bacon rasher samples that you could try like these shown here and they were delicious.) My mother used to make us Marzipan fruits like the ones below and often put them into boxes to give as presents.
Like this idea of spaying the nuts with gold and might try it with mine this year.
We were treated to a small glass of this warm cider drink as we arrived along with a ginger biscuit made from a Tudor recipe. (Liked reading here how the tradition of when we ‘toast’ a person started.)
There was always plenty of merry entertainment over the Tudor Christmas 12 days especially with the Jesters. (My three Sasha Dolls were thrilled with how he interacted with them showing no embarrassment in front of the onlookers.)
Before getting ready to head for home we quickly went into an adjoining room to see some remains of the wall covering on one of the walls and whilst there my Sashas wanted to have their photo taken on the two wooden chairs that were made during this period.
This second ‘carving’ chair was very similar to our childhood family home’s dining chairs. The carving chairs always had arms on them for the head or ‘carver’ of each family. The other chairs didn’t have arms.
The next two photos show details of our family’s dining chairs. Unfortunately our carving chair is at the end of the table and so out of this photo (and please note our very old hand carved refectory table made from one long oak tree trunk and which can seat eight people. Well it had to as there were seven of US to begin with!)
Have always loved window seats.
Couldn’t leave without showing you a photo of their loo which was situated in the long thin jutting out structure on the front of the building and led directly into the moat below.
I felt quite dizzy when I leant over to look down into it’s depths.
I popped into the main bedroom as we made our way up to the long gallerywith this four poster bed and wooden chest at the bottom. The beds were always heavily curtained to keep out the drafts and cold.
By the side of the parent’s four poster bed was this small child’s bed.
Was interested to see how they hung their clothes that weren’t in use just like some of us still tend to do in our hallways.
I was very impressed with how they had constructed this clothes rail.
This panel slid to the side revealing a sercret entrance to a priest’s hide-away.
The priest’s bed underneath which was an underground escape passage.
The long gallery which was a later addition to the hall and which allowed the ladies to take some exercise in the bad weather without them getting the hems of their dresses muddy.
The Chapel with it’s Nativity scene.
Thank you for visiting us here again and we do hope that you have enjoyed seeing and learning a little about the Tudor Yuletide.
Unfortunately my 60 Sasha cards arrived back from the printers yesterday but are just too ‘wishy-washy’ to send on account of me lightning them too much (being taken indoors on a rather dull day.) Not sure now if there is time for me to do another one and have it printed but if not I do apologise for the lack of a card this year and will definitely try to do better in 2016.
The Sasha Brood and I wish you a very happy Christmas/holiday and will be especially thinking of those of you who are unfortunately ill, homeless, lonely or have no family to join them at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.