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What life was like in the 1500’s

Facts Of Life In The 1500’s

Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the
water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how
things used to be…….in the “good old days”!

Here are some facts about life in the 1500’s:

1) Most people got married in June because they took their
yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June.
However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a
bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of
the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all
the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children –
last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you
could actually lose someone in it – hence the saying,
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

2) Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high, with no
wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm,
so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice rats, and
bugs), lived in the roof.  When it rained it became slippery and
sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof-hence the
saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

3) There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other
droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a
bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some
protection.  That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

4) The floor was dirt.

Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get
slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh on the
floor to help keep their footing.  As the winter wore on, they
kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside.  A piece of wood was placed in the
entry way-hence, a “thresh hold.”

5) They cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung
over the fire.  Every day they lit the fire and added things to
the pot.  They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot
to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite
a while-hence the rhyme, “peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold,
peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

6) Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.  When visitors came over, they would hang up their
bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth that a man “could
bring home the bacon.”

They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all
sit around and “chew the fat.”

7) Those with money had plates made of pewter.

Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach
onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death.  This happened
most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.

(8) Most people did not have pewter plates, but had trenchers, a
piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl.  Often
trenchers were made from stale paysan bread which was so old and hard that they could use them for quite some time.  Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms and mold got into the wood and old bread.  After eating off wormy moldy
trenchers, one would get “trench mouth.”

9) Bread was divided according to status.

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the
middle, and guests got the top, or “upper crust.”

10) Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey.

The combination would some times knock them out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up-hence the custom of holding a “wake.”

11) England is old and small and they started out running out of
places to bury people.  So they would dig up coffins and would
take the bones to a “bone-house” and reuse the grave.  When
reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to
have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been
burying people alive.  So they thought they would tie a string
on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up
through the ground and tie it to a bell.  Someone would have to
sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift”) to
listen for the bell; thus, someone could be “saved by the bell”
or was considered a “dead ringer.”

~Author Unknown~

Understanding & Getting Along with People

It all starts with us


Understanding people is a journey all on it’s own and one feels like they need a degree in psychology at times to cope with every persons individual energy.


During my life and whenever I had conflict my mother used to say “and what did you do?”.   This instantly annoyed me and I could feel the blood pressure rising with the attitude of it never being my fault but always the other person. It wasn’t until later in life after I explored my “spiritual journey”  I knew what she had said was right and it must have been a message to remember and seek the knowledge and understanding on later in life.


It was and is my fault if I ever have conflict and here is the knowledge on why I can see this now.


We are all just pure energy and vibrations. What we give out effects everything around us, when we are happy the world around us is happy when we are sad, angry, hurt the vibrations effect the very air we breathe.


Every living thing is connected to every living thing by fine filaments of light energy. We are aware of this energy of living things even though sometimes we are unaware of its nature.  Have you ever walked into a room and known you just wanted to get out of there, feeling instantly uncomfortable picking up on some unseen energy force that made you want to run away?.  Have you ever met a new person and instantly felt a dislike from the person or in other cases felt like you were drawn to them and wanted to be with them more?.


We all radiate out energy and hurting people hurt people. Some souls are going through their own hard lessons in life, so rather then be angry with a hurtful person what they really need is understanding and compassion. As soon as someone is nasty to you, it’s because they have something going on in life they are just not coping with.


There is no conflict if you just try kindness regardless of what’s going on in the world around you as kindness is a powerful tool in the mixed up energy of life on earth.  I try very had to make Kindness my Ideal and live by it, now that is easier said then done, but mixed with compassion – based on your own experiences – forgiveness – based on you would like to be forgiven your errors, so why not forgive others theirs and tolerance – based on acceptance that each soul is on their own like journey and understanding – based on everything you know in your life up to this point. Drawing on your experience to understand others.


Be Kind to all living things including yourself is one of my fairy mottos

Beauty Life Knowledge Wisdom

Beauty Life Knowledge Wisdom


Flowers in the Garden of God


People are like flowers in the garden of God
Some are just seedlings being nurtured in the soil
Some are like buds with their hearts tightly closed to the sun
Not yet giving of their beauty and fragrance

While others are like roses in full bloom
Souls open to the sun
Receiving the light and giving it to all who pass by

So we need constantly to remember:

That we are all Flowers in the Garden of God

All at different  levels of growth
Understand and see all people are on their journey, just like you and me they battle every day to achieve some state of awareness from their experiences