I am reading Samuel Pepys diary. It's great if you are an insomniac. After reading 5 days of rounds of THE SWAN, THE LEG, etc, wine, ale, mutton hang overs etc I am seriously tired. However the underlying history and snippets are interesting. I had to laugh when he stayed at home to supervise the workmen and painters as he was not much happy with their work. I have just read that 1660 was a mild winter and that by January there had been no cold weather and the Rose bushes were still in flower. He refers to a number of people dying of small pox and suffering from THE STONE, which I take as gall stones from the quantity of meat consumed. Not once has ther been a mention of a fruit or a vegetable.
I am busy reading about the return of the king and the exhumation of buried Roundheads and traitors such as Cromwell. Their bodies being exhumed so they could be hanged and buried as traitors.
An interesting snippet was how he could tell if a lady WAS A MAIDEN OR NOT. Wrap a piece of cord around her head from above the nose. If they should overlap she be a maiden, if they do not meet she is not. Hmm, interesting bit of science there