I have only just discovered your website and blog, but wanted to share a link which you might want to visit. It is of a Victorian House (Lindfield House) in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is owned by a lady who lives in it as a Victorian Lady. She conducts tours of her house, which I intend visiting next month.
Thank you! It's lovely. :)
(In response to the Garden making them leave)
Wow! I am amazed that this is even legal! Talk about discrimination... If we don't fight the small injustices , we are destined to repeat the big ones. I realize ppl might say ..."we need to focus on issues that are more relevant! (Like terrorism, war, healthcare, racism, crime, drug cartels etc. etc..." . One of the big issues for me is regarding Veterans (who have defended our country) living on the streets and going hungry and being treated like bums. Our prisons are costing us zilions! The fix: let the pot smokers out and make Marijuana legal cause thats just STUPID. (Alcohol on the other hand...)Use that money for our vets, our children and actually facilitate a REAL change in providing healthcare for ALL.
if you read the whole thing, tell me what you think.
Hello, please email me. I have some more information for you. You have been lied to by the Buchart gardens and I have proof. Info@naturalperry.com
Okay —I e-mailed you.
Hello Miss Sarah, I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits. I am looking for your fiction series in book form. I have looked on the Barnes & Noble and Amazon sites and I can only find it in Kindle form. Please let me know where I may purchase these books. I purchased from Barnes & Noble your Victorian Secrets,The Victorian Life,True Ladies and Proper Gentleman and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. I love your writing style. I wish you a beautiful day. Thank you for your time. Veronica
The fiction series is only available in e-book form because I published it directly myself through https://kdp.amazon.com instead of going through a mainstream publisher. Although I prefer physical books, I had to make a difficult decision: A mainstream publisher would have wanted to insert anachronisms and historical inaccuracies into the writing style and motivations of the characters. I had to choose between sacrificing a truly faithful representation of the era in the story itself, or sacrificing my preferred format (physical book). As a writer, the story itself comes first to me.
Besides my dedication to the importance of authenticity, I also realized that self-publishing the series would allow readers to purchase the stories at a much more reasonable price than if a publisher was setting the prices and taking the lion's share of the profits. An additional consideration came into play when I read the sales reports of my non-fiction books and saw that the majority of my readers were buying my works as e-books already, even when a hardcover version was available.
The e-books can be read on whatever device you use to access the internet —you don't necessarily need to own a Kindle.
Thanks for understanding the situation!
Hello Miss Sarah, Thank you so much for the timely reply. This news saddens me, for I do love the feel of a good book in my hands as I eagerly turn their pages and occasionally smell the scent of their materials, but I do understand and will have to make do with the electronic version. Have a wonderful evening. Veronica
I'm completely smitten.
A writing friend posted a link to the article about your expulsion from Butchart Gardens on my Facebook feed with the caption "Hey, Scott Wilbanks, this sounds like it could be straight out of a 'The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster' sequel!"
The protagonist in my book, released last year, is a young woman living in contemporary San Francisco who is obsessed with all things Victorian, only wearing clothes evocative of that era. She has six closets filled with them.
And while I'll be the first to admit that I created a Victorian world that is more true to my imagination than life, the photo of the two of you, the one on your home page, could have been taken from her living room.
Can I run a kindle software on my desktop computer? I do not have any notebook device and will not buy one.
I can just envision me reading my kindle in the bath, dropping it and becoming electrocuted!
My children would never forgive me. They would write me out of their wills.
Yes, I'm pretty sure you can —it works just fine on my laptop. I didn't realize it would work until Gabriel's cousin Jackie Schickling put out a novella through the same self-publishing program I'm now using. (Jackie was the one who gave me the idea.) I don't have an e-reader either (and like you I refuse to buy one) but I wanted to read Jackie's story. After I bought her story, the program prompted me through the process of downloading a free application to read it on my laptop. It was fairly easy, even for me! :)
Sorry to hear of your troubles at the garden, but it sounds like you maybe had a better time, as it turned out.
I discovered your blog and lifestyle several months ago. I follow your fb page. Though the Victorian period is not for me I admire you both for living the way you want to live. I'm constantly amazed at the anger expressed about the way you live. It's not as though you are forcing your lifestyle on anyone else. I don't see why your choices are so upsetting to others.
I think I'd like to live as though it were still the Jazz Age.
I have been following your blog for a little while. I have a love affair of most history from 1800s onwards and have always dreamed of living a life from such a time. I live in a Victorian home (our second home - both have been Victorian homes, built in the 1880s) and try to find pieces of furniture, cookware, etc. that would suit the style of the home. I delight in all things old-fashioned.
In any case, I have written an e-mail to the gardens, after reading your terrible account upon attempting to view their flower gardens. I am shocked at their rude behaviour and completely ignorant ways. I pray you will be treated with more respect, at least decency, in future visits to Canada.
Here is a copy of the e-mail:
I am writing to express my disappointment - and surprise!- at how Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman were treated at your gardens recently. In reflection of a society that is sadly under-dresses in scanty clothing, outfits that resemble just getting out of the wearer's bed and suggestive symbols on body parts - like bears paws on bum cheeks - I am shocked that wearing appropriate, decent, modest clothing would be a reason to turn away customers at your garden gates. Surely Mr. and Mrs. Chrisman would have 'raised the bar', so to speak, and added a particular charming class to your grounds.
Such a shame your company did not take the time to realize the error of their quick, un-needless actions.
A truly disappointed Canadian,
As someone who wears a corset under my modern day clothing and researches history as well as participates in the Society of Creative Anachronism I am sad you were treated this way. I have wondered around in an apron and under dress often utilized by Viking woman in the mundane world and know the odd looks received by those who do not have a passion for history; especially fashion related. But I have never been turned away because of how I was dressed; I can count of one scenario where I was told I could not wear my corset because it contained metal…. Since that was the only… ‘supporting’ garment I had on I waited outside.
I would have loved to see the look on their faces should you had open your luggage and shown them that indeed this was your lifestyle! However, it sounds like you were able to have a much better experience and were able to enjoy more then you had originally planned!
In closing, thank you for choosing to explore history in a living/learning environment and I do wish your youtube channel covered more about your garments and daily patterns.
I do believe, that you just might be my doppelganger, except for I am a bit more Edwardian. You are very lovely, and beautiful to say the least. How blessed your husband.
It makes me so sad to hear of your dealings with Butchart Garden's. They have changed significantly, over the last two decades, and even I, who once held a membership, no longer do, nor will. I was appalled at the flocks of tourists, their scant dress, morals, and behaviour. That was ten years ago. I wrote (in disgust) to management, and turned in my pass. I did not get a reply. I also wrote to all the local travel agencies, and tourist directors, etc., and even they agree, Butchart's has changed, and not for the better. However, it looks as though you had a much better time at all of my favourite hangouts, gardens, and parks as well. Have you been to Oak Bay? They have some lovely parks and gardens, and seaside walks up there. You might be quite surprised, to see people dress rather similarly. It's not uncommon, and they, like you, don't see it as a lifestyle, (nor do I), it is just simply who they are. We were just born in the wrong era. Hopefully no one fondled you this time.
I've only just recently experienced this, in Edmonds. Shocking to say the least, as another woman was trying to lift my skirt up to see how many petticoats I was wearing! Then proceeded to yell at me (in front of my children) for being 'rude' to her! Wow, just wow.
You dress far nicer, and more beautiful than me, and commend you and yours in so many ways.
So nice to know that I am not the only one born in the wrong era. That brings me great comfort.
May the holidays be peaceful, joyous, festive.
Peace, Theresa (of Edmonds, Wa)
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"
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