Don’t tell Stimey

Today we went to Annapolis, which is the capital of Maryland.  It has a very pretty old town centre and is very pleasant to walk around.  We visited the William Paca House and had a guided tour.  Mr Paca (pronounced pay-ka, we were informed) was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, and lived in the house for 10 years after having it built.

The summerhouse & fishpond at the Paca House

We learned a lot about the life of the rich in late-1700s Maryland, and Pearl was suitably appalled to hear that – because the cosmetics of the day contained arsenic and lead and made ladies’ hair fall out – a considerate and loving husband may well present his wife with a beautiful pair of matched mouse tails, for use as false eyebrows.

The Paca House, seen from the bottom of the garden

She was also unhappy at the idea of being married off at 13 or 14 years old, and having radish-flavoured jelly (jello) for dessert.

I suspect she would have liked the life of someone in the poorer 97%  even less, though.

© UpsideBackwards 2011.

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2 Responses to “Don’t tell Stimey”

  1. Stimey Says:

    Oh my lord. Can you imagine wearing MOUSE TAILS ON YOUR FACE?! I think I’m with Pearl. Yikes.

  2. Susan / @WhyMommy Says:

    Freaking out. And the look on her face while Pearl was telling us? I nearly choked on my pizza. YUCK.

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