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Written by JulieW
(Wednesday, 14 January 2009, at 9:14 a.m.)
Yesterday was a very quiet day with us; my noisiest efforts were writing to Frank, and playing at battledore and shuttlecock with William; he and I have practised together two mornings, and improve a little; we have frequently kept it up three times, and once or twice six.
I know how JA feels...Im not very good at this type of sporting activity ;-)
Batteldore and shuttelchock is a game played by two persons with small rackets, called battledores, made of parchment or rows of gut stretched across wooden frames, and shuttlecocks, made of a base of some light material, like cork, with trimmed feathers fixed round the top.
The object of the players is to bat the shuttlecock from one to the other as many times as possible without allowing it to fall to the ground. JA and William appear to have been at teh same level of expertiese and my son and myself.
However I like these glimpses into "JA the Aunt": she appears to have been active and interested in some of her nephews and nieces,and wiling to play which cant be a bad thing in an aunt.
Fanny Knight recorded her thoughts of one of the activities she shared with her aunt and her grandmamma( not to mention her governess, Miss Sharpe) during this visit:
Aunts and Grandmamma played at school with us. Aunt Cassandra was Mrs Teachum and the Governess Aunt Jane Miss Popham the teacher Aunt Harriet Sally the housemaid Miss Sharpe, the Dancing Master the Apothecary and the Sergeant Grandmamma Betty Jones the Pie Woman and Mama the bathing woman. They dressed in Character and we had a most delightful day-After dessert we acted a play called "Virtue Rewarded" and Anna was the Duchess of St Albans. I was the fairy Serena and Fanny Cage a Shepherdess "Mona" . We had a bowl of Syllabub in the evening.
For those of you who don't know what syllabub is, I now attach a recipe from William augustus Henderson's book The Housekeepers Instructor and Universal Family Cook1805 for Whipt Syllabub:
Rub a lump of loaf-sugar on teh outside of a lemon, and put it into a pint of thick cream, and sweeten it to your taste. Then squeeze in the juice of a lemon and add a glass of Maderia wine or French brandy. Mill it to a froth with a chocolate-mill , take off the froth as it rises and lay it in a hair sieve. Then fill one half of your glasses with a little more than half full with white wine and the other half of your glasses a little more than half full with red wine.Then lay on your froth as high as you can but take caer that it is well drained on your sieve other wise it will mix with the wine and your syllabub will be spoiled,
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