....getting a gift of a book you've heard lots of good about, but never seen before[1] in the post in the middle of packing to go to New Zealand for 2 weeks. With a very limited luggage allowance.

Back to the packing.  It's 11pm and thanks to the air conditioning it's only 30C here inside. 34C outside. It felt like a blast furnace when I walked out of the building at 5pm today.  And another 2 days of this exceptional over 40 C predicted, then 3 in the 30's. No rain. Can we have a normal summer instead please?  Our water tanks will be empty tommorow.  All 6000 litres, 3 large tanks.  We've had 6.2 mm of rain this year [2]. 6.2! It makes last January's drought of 13mm look bountiful. 

Apparently it's 14C in Christchurch, with a top of 26C expected tommorrow.  23C and showers on Friday when we get there.  It's going to be blessed relief.

[1]because it's not in any Australian Libraries. [livejournal.com profile] pearl  needs to see this one, especially the 5 english one piece shoes in it. (guessed which book it is yet?) 
[2]Dad's got our figures up at http://member.melbpc.org.au/~dgbrown/rain.htm

From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com

Shoes and pattens... at 17 Australian Libraries, and already in my collection and I know of at least a couple more copies in private collections. (and no one piece shoes I can find)

This book is more obscure and more exciting!

From: [identity profile] originaluddite.livejournal.com

Hey have fun in NZ. It is so green and they use water with impunity. I say lots more of my visit there at this page. It is too late to help you with planning your visit but still it may be interesting to compare notes.

From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com

I know I'm going to Canterbury Faire, but I don't know what I'm doing after, so it may be more useful than you think.

From: [identity profile] pearl.livejournal.com

The archaeological report at... something Poultry something? They have asymmetrical one-piece shoes.

From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com

Haven't heard of that one. I'd love more details if you have any.

This one does have one one-piece shoe that might be called asymmetric.

I like this game - I might find out about more one piece shoes than I ever thought existed.

A clue - this one is published by an archeological trust.

From: [identity profile] pearl.livejournal.com

Ah, Patricia Reid, who wrote her doctoral thesis on the shoes from Number One Poultry, London, mentioned somewhere in some article, that there was a planned book to be published about the finds, including a chapter on the shoes.

There's a bit about the shoes in Dress in Anglo Saxon England, but I can't remember where the article by Reid is. I can only find a citation to her article in London Archaeologist, 2001 but I'm not sure that's the one.

I'll try to track down a better reference, and get back to you.

From: [identity profile] pearl.livejournal.com

I've ordered a copy of her thesis, but that wasn't what I was originally looking for. :)

From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com

I think I have that article in London Archelogist. must sort piles of papers.

From: [identity profile] doushkasmum.livejournal.com


Could it be Craft, industry and everyday life : leather and leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval York / by Quita Mould, Ian Carlisle and Esther Cameron? that one is very good. (We have a copy here)

From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com

Re: Guessing

And the prize goes to doushkasmum!

(I didn't know you had that one, do you have any of the other york books?)

From: [identity profile] doushkasmum.livejournal.com

Re: Guessing

No, just that one. [livejournal.com profile] sacred_chao is interested in that period, and we were looking at shoes and that one was recommended and he saw it at a good price ... You know how it is. 8->


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