Suzi Love is visiting the lovely Dames of Dialogue and talking about the outback of Australia.
We’d love you to drop by for a visit and tell us what you think of outback Australia.
Would you like to visit our Australian outback?
In the outback, distances are vast and the area in my state alone is the size of several small European countries.
The outback is a mixture of gulf wetlands and waterholes, red desert and sand dunes, pockets of lush grasslands, and enormous cattle stations. These stations truck cattle to market by road trains, semi trailers pulling one, two, or three trailers, or dogs.
These road trains take up the full width of most outback roads so travelers learn quickly to get off onto the side of the road when you see a large cloud of dust coming towards you, because chances are it’s a road train and the driver is hurrying to get the cattle to shipping ports or to saleyards and abattoirs.
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Stays and Corsets through the Regency Years. The word ‘Corset’ comes from the French word ‘corps’ for body.
Through the centuries, body wraps, stays, and corsets created varied silhouettes, sometimes flattening breasts and accentuating rounded hips. Or, as in the Regency years, pushing up breasts and showing off bustlines beneath square-cut and low-cut necklines.
The Household Cavalry Museum – One of London’s best places to visit
The Household Cavalry Museum is within Horse Guards in Whitehall, London, UK.
The historic building is one of London’s oldest, dating from 1750, and is still the working headquarters of the Household Division.
Dismounted sentries guard what has been the official entrance to the Royal Residences for 350 years and the HouseHold Cavalry still performs the Queen’s Life Guard every day.
Here you can see the work that goes into the ceremonial and operational role of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II and now consists of the two senior regiments of the British Army – The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. The regiments have two roles. As a horseback regiment, they are Her Majesty The Queen’s bodyguards on State and ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK, taking part in Royal pageantry and having strategic roles in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations..
As an operational regiment, they fight as an armoured reconnaissance regiment in trouble spots and conflicts all over the world and currently have units in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The museum, inside mid-18th century stables, has a fascinating array of uniforms, arms,
royal standards, and rare historical memorabilia including silverware by Faberge. There are two silver kettledrums given to the regiment in 1831 by William IV, the pistol ball that wounded Sir Robert Hill at Waterloo, and the cork leg which belonged to the first Marquess of Anglesy, who, as the Earl of Uxbridge, lost his real one at Waterloo.
The museum itself occupies a small part of the ground floor of the main Horseguards building, which were once stables. The building in which the museum is housed was built in 1753 and acted as the main entrance to St James Park behind. Only holders of special ivory passes were allowed to go through the arch and into the park behind. The Cavalry had a reputation as an easy posting and officers paid a lot of money to join because of the regiment’s high prestige.
Those officers were actually quite brave and distinguished themselves in battle so the army banned buying an officer-ship and the Cavalry became a professional fighting regiment. Their bright red uniforms changed to ones less revealing of their position to the enemy.
All horses are on duty so they are brought in, groomed, fed, and watered at all times of the day. Their hooves are oiled, shoes checked, and saddles adjusted ready to go on guard or for rigorous training for soldiers and horses.
At 11am, there is a Changing of the Guard. At 4pm there is the daily inspection performed ever since Queen Victoria found the members of the Cavalry drunk one afternoon in 1894. She imposed 100 years of daily inspections as punishment, though the regiment kept their inspections going after punishment finished in 1994.
The London Canal Museum is one of the best places to visit in London.
Situated at King’s Cross, London, UK, it’s definitely one of the most fascinating museums to visit.
The museum has two themes. It shows the history of London’s waterways and it’s also an industrial museum which tells the little known story of the ice industry in London.
Canals in London have a fascinating past and at the museum you can learn how they came to be built and how they work and also see the lives of the workers, the cargoes, and the horses.
There is a narrowboat cabin to climb over and explore and lots of history on London’s canals, especially about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats.
There is a rather scary Victorian ice well you can look down into and picture how it was used to store the ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored.
The unique waterways museum is in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.
Outside there is a Model Lock. Modelled on a wide lock as found in London, rather than a narrow lock as found on the Oxford Canal.
At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.
There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London’s canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, horses and how canals work. We are a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. It is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King’s Cross, an accessible central location
Model Lock – Modelled on a wide lock as found in London, rather than a narrow lock as found on the Oxford Canal.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum,
St Thomas Street, London, UK
London’s Best Places to Visit
This fascinating museum was my absolute Favorite Place to visit in London. I spent hours listening to what happened in the operating theatre before anaesthetics and studying the primitive instruments used on patients.
And reading about the terror women must have felt when wheeled into a theatre surrounded by tier after tier of eager medical students, all male of course, looking down upon her.
The Old Operating Theatre is in the 300 year old herb garrett of St Thomas’s Church and is the only surviving 19th century operating theatre, as it was originally connected to St Thomas’s Hospital but later closed up and forgotten. Today the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett are accessed through a narrow door on St Thomas’s street and up steep winding steps.
Looking at the instruments and seeing the general level of hygiene from those days, or rather lack of hygiene, is rather terrifying. Thanks goodness I wasn’t one of those poor female patients being operated on. Limbs and breast were sawed off. Enormous amounts of blood were lost.
Blood was collected by letting it run into a dish on the floor at the end of the table. Shudder!
The wards of the South Wing of St. Thomas’s Hospital were built around St. Thomas’s Church. In 1815 the Apothecary’s Act, which required apprentice apothecaries to attend at public hospitals, meant that hordes of students poured in to watch operations.
The museum has a wooden operating table and observation stands, from which spectators witnessed surgery performed without anaesthesia or antiseptics. The rest of the oak beamed garret was used for the storage and curing of medicinal herbs.
Placing the Theatre in the Herb Garret of the Church separated it from the ward and gave a small amount of sound proofing as well as giving students a separate entrance. It was at the same level as the women’s surgical ward so patients could be easily transported to the theatre instead of being operated on in the wards.
The Theatre was built with a large skylight to maximise the light from above, so although it wasn’t heated or ventilated it was a compact area for surgeons to demonstrate to students. There was no anaesthetics so surgeons needed to be fast and could perform an amputation in under a minute After 1847, ether or chloroform could be used but The Old Operating Theatre had closed down before antiseptic surgery was invented.
The majority of cases were for amputations or superficial complaints as, without antiseptic conditions, it was too dangerous to carry out internal operations.