Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 74 – Present Requirements

Copy Lady Macbeth costume

In 1888 Ellen Terry played Lady Macbeth wearing a dress adorned with 1000 beetle wings. Why have I chosen this photo of the replica made by a student? Well, insects are on my mind after my unfortunate encounter with that bee. The reaction may have peaked. (I never like to prophesy where these things are concerned as it can vary so much)

Courtesy of the bee’s activities, yesterday was a non-day for me. I did tune into Nicola Cornick’s Q&A about her new book, The Forgotten Sister. Former Chair of the RNA, Nicola is a renowned historical and time-slip novelist.

Staying home wasn’t a problem for me yesterday. Now trying to think myself into that place where I will wear a mask. I suppose one will get used to doing that.

Which of the requirements of our present lives have you found most difficult/alien?



Publication Day Bella’s Betrothal The Dress

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Queen Victoria and her daughters are credited with the adoption of white for wedding dresses. Bella Wormsley marries before Victoria, but I did allow her a lovely white gown. It was, in the story, created as the central triumph of her winter wardrobe and decorated with Scottish freshwater pearls. I’ve been to several weddings in recent years and the girls have all looked lovely.
My mum wore a beautiful pink suit. I wore champagne coloured silk organza. Several friends have opted for colour rather than white.
When I was visiting the south of England, I came across a museum to the actress, Ellen Terry, Smallhythe Place. They had this dress displayed there:

Copy Lady Macbeth costume

Copy Lady Macbeth costume

It was made by a student and she used false finger-nails to create the effect of the falling ovals. The picture at the head of the post is of the original costume. It used beetles’ wings.

What did you wear to marry in? A bikini? A suit? A uniform?

Remember you might win a copy of Bella’s Betrothal.