Romeo and Juliet, true love?
Are Romeo and Juliet really the most romantic of all lovers? Or is their love more folly, infatuation and teenage angst?
The flowers of Bayleaf garden (Weald & Downland Open Air Museum)
Here at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum we have 50 traditional rural buildings from South East England saved from destruction, carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt on our 45 acre site. They span a period from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Three of these buildings, Bayleaf, Winkhurst and Cowfold barn form part of our 1540s Tudor farmstead, which also includes a period garden and orchard. See our twitter diary @Bayleaf1542 on the seasonal life of a typical yeoman farmer at that time. The produce from the garden and orchard is used in our daily demonstrations of seasonal domestic activities.
Most vegetables were home grown and marketed locally. Green leafy vegetables were the most common: kale, colewort, longworts and leaf beet. Parsnips, turnips, leeks, garlic, onions. and skirrets were common. However, some vegetables that are frequently mentioned in recipe books were high status and not widely in use - spinach, artichokes, asparagus, lettuces and carrots, for example. Many plants which we might nowadays term as herbs or even weeds were widely used, such as orach, nettles, sorrel, Good King Henry, fat hen, savory, smallage, parsley, dandelion and ground elder.