Samuel Johnson’s tercentenery

We were most pleased and privileged to be asked to perform at an event marking the tercentenery of the birth of Dr Samuel Johnson (he of English Dictionary fame), organised by Birmingham City Council We were joined by a modern day Johnson and Garrick (Peter Martin and Nicholas Cambridge)re-enacting their famous walk from Lichfield to London, complete with shared horse, to raise money for the National Trust. Not only will they be covering this not inconsiderable distance, they also plan to keep people updated on their progress via on online map and twitter updates For related events and information, check out this lovingly crafted website. There is also another site  here that goes into more detail about various festivities We were also very excited as our new costumes got their first airing. It’s been a long haul, but I’m very pleased at how they have turned out. Unfortunately Sig. Storace couldn’t be there for this gig, but we’re planning to get some photos of all three of us in our finery up soon. It was very interesting singing in stays, I can tell you! we also realised that we couldn’t sit down for long periods, and put it down to modern chairs. Next time we’ll insist on a chaise longue! It was a very enjoyable event to perform at, the audience, which included the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, were very interested in our music, and even sang along!

acceptance speech

Lady Georgianna is most graciously honoured to have been lauded in such a guise.  This shews, viz. that the estimation of other gentlepersons of this art (of wielding the most capricious of pens, that of the virtual variety), is given the highest merit in the judgement thereof. We do aver that Life is but a bubble; yet we raise our glasses with the finest of Topers ever to have made their dwelling on this humble sphere.   Signora.

Excessively Diverting blog award

We feel greatly honoured to be nominated by not just one, but two fellow 18th century bloggers!  We have been nominated by Herr Mozart from Prima la Musica and the lovely Mrs Woffington. The award is, in the words of Jane Austen Today, “to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove”. I should probably make some kind of speech at this point, but I’m rubbish at writing them, So here are my seven nominees! If you are one of the below, post the badge on your blog, linking to the person who nominated you, then nominate seven other blogs that you feel uphold the standards set forth! Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent. The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide and its sister blog… Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide Versailles and More Fuchsia’s 18th century dress project From the Desk of the Velvet Scribe Anthony J. Hughes – No Time for Breakfast Georgie Lee – Passionate Historical Romance

Micaela’s fabric

Well, I’ve started work on some more stays, no doubt I’ll have some pics for you soon, but in the meantime, here’s some lovely embroidered taffeta that we found for Mic’s pet en l’air