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About Grymm

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  • Birthday 10/31/1963

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    Chilterns UK
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  1. Pear Cider!

    Pear cider ( mutter mutter if it's alcoholic and made from pears it's already got a bloody name in English and that's Perry not pear cider but trust marketing men to dumb down bah humbug!) is everywhere over here in the UK with M&S, Tesco's, Asda(Walmart) all doing their own brands(Most supplied by Gaymers, Thatchers or Westons) as well as various others coming to the fore, the etc The M&S and the Brothers are very nice, quite sweet and waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too easy to drink especially at 7.3% and 6% respectively.
  2. Gentlemen's Hat Boxes

    Seed historic examples of hat boxes (!7th through early Victorian) made from wood (both planked types and lathes/bands like a Shaker box), leather, tinplate(Japanned or laquered usually), pasteboard and paper mache. The mache and pasteboard ones were covered in what looked to be wallpaper and 'lined' with old newspaper(glued on like the wallpaper) I'm trying to source some papermache ones at the moment for The Mem Sahibs hat business ( in between prepping clothes, recipes and equiptment for the upcoming cooking events at Kew Palace ... 1789 is about 30yrs out of my comfort zone.
  3. Gentlemen's Hat Boxes

    Sandby The Band Box Seller with boxes for tricorns and flat round ones for ladies bergere/straws.
  4. Pirates of Catan

    I look upon it as a crusade to buy and melt down any of the ropey glass bottomed and non period shaped pewter tankards (Which is pretty much any you can buy commercially) that I find in charity shops(thrift stores?) to stop them finding their way to re-enactment events and being dangled from someones belt just like they didn't do... They get turned into summat more period correct be it secular and pilgrim badges,buttons and the like =o)
  5. That "X" of cord on the side of a tricorn

    If you take a look at the pics you posted up there ↑ you'll see what the button's for =o) 'S for holding the cockade or cockade loop. The cockade could be just decoration but can also be used to show national identity and or political allegiances; like Jockobites wearing white Frenchie cockades, Hannovarian with black or red, or if you check out the Hogarth election series red or blue pending on what party they support. I tend to wear green (Levellers/Diggers from the previous century).
  6. A simple forge...

    A friend used to carry a travelling forge, well an anvil, a set of double bellows and a 3legged wooden tray that he used to line with clay for the hearth plus a tarp as rain cover. Once on site he'd rig up a bellows pole with a bendy sapling as the return, and pack the bellows nozzel into the hearth with more clay, bang in some charcoal/coal or coke and away he went ... it was large enough to make small and or domestic ironware, straps, hinges, nails, knives, arrowheads and patch armour. It was about 25-30yrs ago now so any pics will be ol' fashioned printed types but I'll dig and ask around see if anyone has any.
  7. Just a wild stab in the dark, and 'membering that in the period standardised spelling was a ways off yet, but as 'er's wi' the sheets could it be an old/dialect word for pillow/bolster, neckers(?) in a wez c'un'ry aaaaaacent? =o) My fav bits of info in the book, 'side from the couple of lists of personal stuff, are the cargo lists for 'The Daniel and Henry' (and the multitude of other ships in the appendix ) giving a better idea of what would be available for 'plunder' if they were taken by pirates. 'The Daniel and Henry' had; As well as the chests of cloth there are barrels of beads, firkins of tallow, trade(negro) knives, iron bars/ingots, copper pans, looking glasses, pewter tankards and basins plus 100 fuzees 100 carbines a barrel of gun flints, 6 gilt rapiers and 10 hangers(2 different qualities) and a shi .....shed load of other stuff.
  8. Keeping the spark going...

    Zoomed it out so you should get more of the pic including the young lady who has extracted her décolletage for the appreciation of her gentleman friend. It's called Paar dat een pijp rookt, Bernard Picart, 1706 and it's in the Rijksmuseum collection Here's t'search homepage Fantastic search feature well worth playing with, knowing the Dutch word helps but google has that covered =o)
  9. Sort of a sub section of 'making fire' and smoking/clay pipes but take a look I would post the picture but the stupid board software 'Doesn't allow that sort of image code for this community' ARSE! If you could avert your gaze from the young lady's assets and look at the table you'll see ... stay with me here, the table, look at the table ... there's a slow match for keeping the pipes going.
  10. Pages and pages of maps 1639-1685 1685-1737
  11. Some interesting pictures.

    Or upload to summat like flikr which you can batch 'load to, then use the properties to link the pic here.
  12. Leather gloves with lace

    Oh the pic is a pair of mens gloves circa 1680-1700 and they were the least fancy set that turned up when I image searched '17thc embroidered gloves mens'
  13. Leather gloves with lace

    Tack on pre done embroidered pieces? You can buy 'iron on' embroidery, just sew it instead.
  14. The Latest in Bacon

    Whiskey Bacon Jam Recipe Ingredients 500g streaky bacon (it has to be streaky), chopped into small dice 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 red onion, finely diced 50g brown sugar 50mls maple syrup 50ml cider vinegar 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 150ml fresh brewed coffee (NOT instant – important) 100ml whiskey of your choice (Less y'have a bottle open I wouldn't use a single malt, blended'll do) 1 fresh red chilli fine chopped, deseeded if you want less heat Method Sauté the bacon over a medium heat until starting to crisp. Take the bacon out and pour off most of the bacon fat, leaving just enough to fry the onion until soft but not coloured – about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for about a minute. Transfer the bacon, onion, garlic to a large pot with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer gently for one hour, adding a little water every 30 minutes if required (I only had to do this towards the end). Add the red wine vinegar in the last 5 minutes. Pulse it in a food processor briefly (to retain the course texture) – although it can be quite nice coarse. Ready to serve.
  15. The Captain's Apprentice

    The Captain's Apprentice by Imagined Village from their new album Bending The Dark The drums just starting to kick in at the end are the lead in to New York Trader which is the next track.