Sunday, February 20, 2011
At a time when housekeeping required a superior level of managerial acumen, Lady Grisell Baillie ran her home, family and servants with efficiency and attention to detail that would do credit to a Regimental quartermaster. Her household book can be found at archive.org, and ought to shame those of us who gripe about having to spend a couple of hours per week on shopping, cleaning and bill-paying.
Certainly I’ve never had to worry about the constables taking away my cook. Not that I’ve ever had a cook, but it sounds like they were more trouble than they were worth. Lady Grisell went through eight in one year.
Great fun to read, either online or can be downloaded in a variety of formats including .pdf and .epub.