Friday, July 26, 2013

Chedworth Roman Villa

On our visit to Chedworth Roman Villa, we were fortunate to see Sue Day at work demonstrating the ancient art of nalbinding. Sue has done extensive research on the technique (as well as many other long forgotten forms of knitting, weaving and dyeing.) Some time ago, she studied a Viking mitten at a museum, and re-created the centuries old design. She dyes and spins her own wool using all natural substances such as plants and berries. To learn more about Sue’s work, please go to:

The brochure provided at the villa states: “Welcome to the ‘Golden Age’ of Roman Britain. I highly recommend a tour to view the following:
  • View mosaics from suspended walkway
  • See the newly-uncovered corridor mosaics
  • Enjoy a multi-sensory presentation of the sights, smells and sounds of the Roman dining room and bath house
  • Witness live archaeology and conservation on site
  • Discover the remains of Roman dining room, bath houses, a water shrine, latrines and under floor heating and cooling systems
  • View the snails that creep along the ancient walls. Brought by the Romans as a food source,  they are still there hiding under the layers of leaves during the winter months, and emerging in the spring -- It has been so for almost 2,000 thousand years. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013



Wish I could give credit to the person who came up with this joke, because it is so funny.

Three Englishmen married women from different parts of the world.
The first man married a Greek girl. He told her she was to do the
dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days before he saw any
effect, but on the third day he came home to see a clean house and
dishes washed and put away.

The second man married a Thai girl. He gave his wife orders that she
was to do all the cleaning, the dishes and the cooking. The first day
he didn't see any results but the next day it was better. By the third day

he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a
huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from America. He ordered her to keep
the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot
meals on the table for every meal. The first day he didn't see
anything. The second day he didn't see anything either - but by the
third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a
little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed sufficiently for
him to make a sandwich and load the dishwasher.

He still has some difficulty when he urinates.