Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Lords Prayer in Old English

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum,
Si þin nama gehalgod. to becume þin rice,
gewurþe ðin willa, on eorðan swa swa on heofonum.
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg, and forgyf us ure gyltas, swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum.
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge, ac alys us of yfele.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Boar's Head Carol

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Luke, Chapter II 1-20 (King James Version)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Victorian Gothic Church Interior

The Victorian Gothic Church Interior

Sterling Hot Air Engines

Interesting models of sterling engines, which ran on hot air and were used in the 1800's to power machines.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Victorian interior painting

A great Victorian interior painting

Dante Gabriel Rossetti reading proofs of Sonnets and Ballads to Theodore Watts Dunton in the drawing room at 16 Cheyne Walk, London 1882 painting.

The Washboard

Columbus Washboard Company

Modern Architecture: "The Principle of Non-Decoration"

Some interesting posts on the Thinking Housewife blog:

"The Principle of Non-Decoration"
Modern design and fashion are characterized by a love of uniformity, monotone colors, and visual barrenness.


The Principle of Non-Decoration at Work

On the ugliness of churches...

‘Terrible is This Place’
The state of ecclesiastical architecture is abysmal and is not likely to become non-abysmal anytime soon. The most beautiful churches in America and Europe were created in places and times where entire communities were united behind a single building project, a collective monument to the sacred...

And Schools...

“Why Are Schools So Ugly?”
Most people probably would say that America’s school buildings resemble prisons with windows – and without the barbed wire - because it would be too expensive to make them otherwise. But, that doesn’t make sense. Some of this ugliness is enormously costly…

Modern houses are soul-crushing to those who live in them...

Modern Architecture and its Crusade Against Intimacy
It is essential traditional architecture be revived both in our sacred structures as well as our homes. Note how the homes the wealthy and powerful today inhabit are barren and cold, empty of life and progeny...

And update 4/8/2011 from Home Living: "The Effect of Architecture on Home Living"

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Windmills are a very useful bit of technology for farm and home; they can pump water, grind grain, and even make electricity.

Windmill World

From the primitive windmill to the well-known American-style windmill

Plans for a homemade "All-Wooden Wind Generator"

Wind Power Projects

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reed Organs

I do like reed organs, I remember hearing a reed organ played on Sunday at an old church I sometimes attended. They were very common in homes in the 1800's.

The Reed Organ Home Page

Has College become a Moloch Cult...

I do have to wonder if college is becoming a Moloch Cult, especially in the case of young women. What do parents get from it other than having their children debauched, then move far way and not give them grandchildren. Sadly one will find very little like John Henry Newman's "Idea of a University" in a modern University; in many cases one finds little of educational value. Look at the student newspaper at most universities one will find articles on sex, rape, and perversion; and advertisements for bars, abortion, and pornography. Dormitories are dirty poorly-run cesspools, where debauchery is encouraged. Even "Christian" colleges most of the time seem unwilling to stand for morality. At what point do parents say no? I don't know the answer to this problem, but the general culture is evil. I am not necessarily saying young people should not go to college, but sometimes needs to be done...

On a related note see this article at the Ladies Against Feminism site, while the article is about young women, but much of it applies to young men as well.
Letters on College, the Workplace, etc

Is this what college does for young people...

A very depressing story from the Thinking Housewife "Emmie’s Adventure" and "Emmie’s Future" (Not for young readers)

And yikes...

Down the Ivy-Covered Lane

Should homeschooling parents send their children away to college? I am not completely sure of the answer to this question. But what I have seen of the "public school system" and colleges, has left me with a feeling it might be better to keep child out of school altogether. I recall a few years ago Maggie Gallagher asked has the time come for "home colleging." The Internet, CLEP exams and other leaning options may provide a workable compromise.

College From Home

Also see: Venereal diseases now the main cause of infertility.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A great video of a Victorian House

Looks like it has had some modernization and modifications done it, but fairly tastefully done for the most part.

Victorian Home For Sale
Built in 1885, this classic Victorian mansion designed by Architect Willis E. Keller is a masterful blend of East Lake and Queen Anne Victorian architecture. Known as the Winan House after its original owners, it is one of the few Victorian homes in Los Angeles that stands in its original location and that still stands up to the beauty and admiration these homes deserve. This home features classic moldings, original windows, original doors & hardware, period details and wonderful original wood and stone work throughout the property. After ungoing an extensive renovation, the home is a delightful blend of modern upgrades with the overall integrity and craftsmanship of the 1880's original design intact including the much adorned original Douglas Fir softwood floors throughout. The interior details are beautifully preserved, and the generous sized rooms and gated grounds provide ample space for enjoyment and entertainment. The design includes bright spacious living areas from top to bottom, a dry bar in the media room with a walk-out to the estate grounds.

"Two Story Victorian House On The Road"

"Two Story Victorian House On The Road"

Venereal diseases now the main cause of infertility

Sorry for the nasty topic, but it is important. Infertility treatment is a growth area for Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Sadly in many cases there is not a lot that can be done for these young woman. Something everyone needs to tell their young daughter...

From the Thinking Housewife blog:
Sexual promiscuity is a massive cause of infertility and preventable if people were to abstain from sex until marriage but this message is never advised by experts... The sexual revolution was truly a disaster for women and men and the whole of Western society. Never in the history of the West have sexually transmitted diseases been so rife or so destructive. Never have so many people attended infertility clinics and embarked on various fertility treatments. This is the real disaster and this really has to be addressed...

There are loads of young women with destroyed pelvic organs. They will never conceive...1

1 Corinthians 6:17
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Also see: Has College become a Moloch Cult...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Favorite Psalm...

Psalm 1

BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side : that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
4. His leaf also shall not wither : and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
5. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
6. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
7. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Doll Commercials: Yesterday and Today....

And we wonder what why young women fall into moral degeneracy....

Mattel Chatty Cathy TV Commercial 1963 (dead)

Update: Well, that link is dead here one that works: Mattel Chatty Cathy TV Commercial 1963

Bratz Girlz Really Rock Dolls Commercial

Note: I am not endorsing the first toy just making social comment on the commercial.

December 2, 2009

Some posts on other blogs worth reading.

Learning From the Past


Proverbs 31 Illustrated
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life... Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her...

"The Victorian House"

"The Victorian House"

The Victorian House Museum, located in Holmes County Ohio, is located at 484 Wooster Road, Millersburg, Ohio.

Shooting Times test-fires a two-bore rifle

Shooting Times test-fires a two-bore rifle

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Film: "The Cult of Domesticity"

Film: "The Cult of Domesticity"

I don't see a problem... even the film admits woman still want to make a home and protect and nurture their families.

"The Victorian Reward: Simple Love, and Marriage with God"

"The Victorian Reward — Simple Love, and Marriage with God, for a Christian Life of Toil" by William R. Terpening

The Pickwick Papers, Jane Eyre, and North and South, each conclude with a wedding, or a pledge of love, which contains the promise of a tranquil experience for the remainder of the protagonist's lives. The theme communicated by this example is that, after a life of testing through hardship and trial, people who led "Christian" lives-- lives marked by good, charitable, and industrious behavior-- would be rewarded by enjoying later years in which they were surrounded by friends and peace. The context for this idealistic view grew out of nineteenth-century Evangelical Christian ideals...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason

Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason (1842–1923) was a British educator. Her thoughts and ideas have been developed into methods which are commonly used in homeschooling curriculum.

Charlotte Mason on her education:
“My mother was delicate and required sea air, so it happened I was born in Bangor and that my earliest recollections are associated with the sea. My father, J. H. Mason, was a Liverpool merchant, a ‘dry-salter’...a refined and simple man, very fond of books....I had no brothers and sisters, and both parents were also only children...My parents, who were glad of the occupation educated me (with some lessons from outside), my father taking some subjects, my mother others, at first through the medium of Butter’s Spelling Book, with its long lists and hard spellings, its Aesop’s Fables and Lord Chesterfield’s Letters to his Son.”

Ambleside Online: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason

Old Style Swedish Paint

Old Style Swedish Paint

I found this while doing some research, looks interesting, a classic nature mineral pigment and linseed oil paint.
Falun Red Paint from Sweden

Classic exterior paint used for centuries in Scandinavia for under $20.00/gallon. Never scrape this paint - and it never peels. It lasts for decades.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kindergarten 1898

Kindergarten 1898

Click on image to get a better view.

"Bright Star"

"Bright Star" - Official Trailer
Film about poet John Keats, 1795-1821

Lawrence Auster’s Review of Bright Star

Friday, November 13, 2009

Video: "Life in a Victorian Home"

"Life in a Victorian Home"

A good video, it does not have the silliness and Victorian bashing one often finds. But by the 1890 electric lights, electric fans, modern bathrooms, and central heat were available so in the late Victorian period people would more often have had running water, water closets, central heat, closets, and other modern house fittings, but many people lived without many of these thing far more recently than many people realize. I would not quite agree with all of the material in this film but a very good film overall. I like that it points out nothing was wasted and that crafts and work were a normal part of everyday life.

"Home Living" a great blog

A great blog:

Home Living by LadyLydiaSpeaks

Her most recent post is a list of some her best articles: Most Requested Posts

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1 March 1812 – 14 September 1852) was Great Britain's foremost architect, designer, and theorist of design of the nineteenth century, a man with extraordinary talent, verve and perspicacity. A man who believed in himself, and harboured a passion for Gothic and the Roman Catholic Church. Best remembered for his work in the Gothic Revival style, particularly churches and the Palace of Westminster.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin 1812-1852

Augustus Welby Pugin: An Overview

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Linda S. Lichter, 1955-2009

The late sociologist Linda S. Lichter (1955-2009) wrote two books on the Victorian Era.

The Benevolence of Manners: Recapturing the Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living
by Linda S. Lichter

In The Benevolence of Manners, sociologist Linda S. Lichter guides us on a wonderful journey back to the complex world of our Victorian ancestors, illuminating their most precious concepts and presenting a wealth of invaluable advice for our troubled times: the fine and elusive art of living...

Simple Social Graces: Recapturing the Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living by Linda S. Lichter

A beautifully illustrated exploration of the ideals of Victorian living relates the conservative values of those times, such as national pride, hard work, thrift and family, to the resurgence of traditional ideals in today's America...

"The private world of Tasha Tudor"

An interesting book about the well known children's book illustrator Tasha Tudor and her home, garden, and way of life.

"The private world of Tasha Tudor"

Tasha Tudor has written and illustrated more than seventy-five beloved children's books since her first, Pumpkin Moonshine, in 1938. Now seventy-seven years old, she lives on a farm in southern Vermont, where she has recreated an early Victorian world. To capture this intimate portrait of Tasha Tudor, photographer Richard Brown followed her throughout a year on her farm. By interweaving Tudor's own words and more than 100 color photographs... She says, "Everything comes so easily to me from that period, of that time: threading a loom, growing flax, spinning, milking a cow". Dressed in antique clothing, spinning and weaving her own linen, cooking on a woodstove with nineteenth-century utensils, Tudor inhabits a world that in these evocative photographs speaks to all who long for a simpler existence in harmony with the seasonal rhythms of nature.

More Links:
Cellar Door Books
Tasha Tudor And Family
Tasha Tudor Museum

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria (trailer)