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Jolie scène d'autrefois. Pauvre écureuil...
Chris: Squirrel as pet? I can't decide Martine..
Nobody reads them !
Chris: I do as a last resort
This display is really well done - nice photo, Chris!
Chris: I was intrigued by the oddness of the image Elizabeth, there are so many stories I could invent..
...on how not to clutter up your living space, I assume? smile
Chris: The lady here must be one of Penny's ancestors..
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Apr 2019, 06:53
Its good that the ladies have an instruction manual as to what is required around the house to ensure they perform their duties to specification [I'll get my coat....] I hope the squirrel is not really chained up?
Chris: I suspect the inclusion of the squirrel is a comment on the position of this poor lass, chained to domesticity

Had she met you she'd be striding the sodden fells and eating cakes in no time at all..
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2019, 06:55
The manual is very well read, Chris. Does she suffer from "senior moments".... and is that squirrel on a chain??
Chris: The squirrel looks as if it has a Brussels sprout to eat Astrid..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Apr 2019, 07:13
Oh, these were times when the ladies had a squirrel as a pet - a lovely image of a beguine?
Chris: This must be a Medieval scene Philine. She is imprisoned in the house, hence the squirrel allegory, whilst outside her master's workers harvest the fields
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Apr 2019, 07:17
The squirrel is saying, “Read me another”
Chris: And make it the dirty version..
If all else fails.....
Chris: Yes quite..
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 26 Apr 2019, 07:55
''The times are a changing''
Chris: Of course they are..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Apr 2019, 09:07
"Squirrels were kept as pets in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as Kathleen Walker-Meikle notes in Medieval Pets:

Even if it came from a species that had little intrinsic monetary value, an animal could be transformed into a pampered pet of exalted status by adorning it with elaborate accessories. Such is the case of the squirrel, a popular medieval pet, which is almost always described and depicted as being fitted with a collar and chain, usually finely crafted in silver … the practice of keeping pet squirrels on chains still prevailed in the sixteenth century, as observed in a dialogue in John Lyly's play Endymion:

Tophas: What is that the gentlewoman carrieth in a chain?
Epiton: Why, it is squirrel.
Tophas: A squirrel? O gods, what things are made for money!

(In fact, the keeping of pet squirrels continues into the 17th century -- see this detail from a still life by Abraham Mignon, c. 1670 -- and into the 18th century, as observed in portraits of Daniel Crommelin Verplanck, Rebecca Orne, a boy, two children, etc.)"
Chris: I never knew this Philine..
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Apr 2019, 11:24
The instructions for keeping perfectly still and then a whole book worth of them.
Chris: The sheer complexity of doing very little Louis
She's having trouble getting a good grip on that book of instructions, Chris.
Chris: Yes it looks that way Bev
The instructions are NO DOUBT, boring.
Chris: To most people Mary
This is very well done both as a photo and a display.
Chris: Thank you kindly Brian
this is a wonderful display right down to the people taking in the crops in the window Chris....petersmile
Chris: Thank you Peter
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Apr 2019, 23:14
Where do the AA's go in?

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