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Victorian Festival - Friday

It's been sad and grey and wet here for weeks, and though it fined up today, the garden party in the garden below us was moved to a hall and the have-a-go-at-croquet event was cancelled because there were floods on Wednesday and the ground is too soggy and wet. There's another garden party tomorrow in a different location and that still looks to be going ahead.

As the theme is "Medicine in the Victorian Era" I dressed as one of the Three Men in a Boat, the hypochondriac one, armed with two of Greg's Victorian bottles he dug out of the Avon River mud as a kid, one labelled "Doctor Brooke's Solar Elixir" and the other "Bonnington's Irish Moss for Coughs and Colds".

The icon BTW is as close as I can get to Victorian though it's actually me dressed as a Roman woman.

Elevenses with Mrs Beeton in the Early Settlers Hall

This wonderful gentleman was there. That was an excellent event: $5 for a selection of savouries and cakes including Madeira cake, a cup of tea, and a glass of Madeira - I can imagine this charmer as the singer of Flanders and Swann's "Have some Madeira m'dear". Plus you could try your hand at Victorian parlour games.

A couple doing a jigsaw of an old map. More than a day's work, I'd say.

The Wizard of Christchurch with friends. He has a second house here so I suppose he comes down for interesting events, probably including the June Steampunk one.

Some Dan Dare cards; you have to make sets as in whist. They remind me of the flying fortresses in World of Tomorrow. Not of the era but I loved them. Would they be 20s or 30s?

The dominoes do look Victorian though.

A beautiful old Indian motorcycle outside

Apothecary Tea Party at the Sanatorium AKA the Opera House

A woman and her son in the Opera House. I just noticed that there's a nurse carrying a severed foot behind her. :-P Also in the background is the entrance to the Hysteria Room.

Now I joked that maybe they had something back there about the electric devices used on women back then and... yes, they did.

Swooning woman with poster

The poster. They really did do this and also had quite complex machines but I doubt the authenticity of this poster going by the image and text. People left the room grinning though.

The table where people could sit to have their tea and cakes

They had various medicinal herbs, old bottles like Greg's one, and place mats showing treatments and anatomical illustrations. I swapped the one in my place of flayed heads showing muscles etc for the mean having a shvitz (on the left).

People talking in the street. Opposite is the Brydone Hotel where I'm attending a murder mystery dinner tomorrow night. :-D

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