Down the rabbit holes of research

Anne here, and today I'm talking about the rabbit holes of research — you know, those endless branching warrens of internet fascination. Rabbit-warren
They start in a completely innocuous fashion — well, all cunning traps do, don't they? — as a simple quick look-up. But you end up surfacing several hours later, blinking stupidly at the clock, unable to fathom where the time went. But it was all so fascinating . . .

In my rough drafts, I will often insert XXXX for something I need to look up later, some detail which will be necessary eventually, but is not vital to the story now, so I type XXXX and keep writing.

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My heroes and heroines for instance will, in an early draft, often enter a room dressed in "XXXX Regency-era clothes 1818" — and the story continues. They often live in XXXX street and drive around in XXXX's, too, and in some cases they even eat XXXX. There's no end to the versatile XXXXs.

Later I will come back to those XXXXs, either when I'm stopping to have a little think (procrastination), or I'm easing my way back into the story (procrastination), or when I've finished the full draft and am adding in the missing details (deadline panic) — the clothes or the street or the kind of carriage or the food that is in season in England at the time or whatever.

Theoretically each XXXX will take a mere few minutes, but for me, those times are rare. It's just too interesting. And there is invariably a temptation to click on that drug of choice, further links.

For instance the other day my hero handed my heroine a small tin containing his own personal soap, infinitely finer than the gloopy, strong smelling soap available at the inn. And the soap smelled . . . well, what did it smell like? Delicious, obviously, carrying essence of hero, but exactly what did this hero smell like (when clean)?

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So it was off down the rabbit hole to investigate the soaps available to Regency—era heroes. Crazy really — I could just XXXX it, or make it up. But no, I wanted to get just the right fragranced soap. Perfectionism or procrastination — you decide.

And so down the rabbit warren I went.

Want to know all about soap-making in the regency era? That it came soft or hard, and only the rich used the hard.
By the beginning of the Regency it was possible to buy bar soaps scented with rosemary, wintergreen, caraway, lemon, nutmeg, almond, orange, cinnamon, marjoram, neroli, lavender, anise, bergamot, cassia, jasmine, clove, sassafras, violet, myrtle and rose. Click here for more info.

SoapRecipeWant some recipes for various kinds of soap, also pomade, toothpowder and cold cream that were used in the late 18th century? Receipts for Perfumery, &c. in The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1784)
Click here for more recipes.

Want to know what a modern soap maker/perfumer thought a 19th century gentleman's soap might be like?
We asked our perfumer to create a scent that reminded us of the Gentlemen’s clubs of the 18th century. Tobacco and black tea are the dominate notes with hints of fruit and spice. This fragrance is heady, masculine and evokes images of the classic well dressed gentleman, Beau Brummel. Click here for the source. 

Did you know that Pears soap — yes the same Pears soap you can buy today — was in use during the Regency? And that it was hugely popular with the rich. The full story is here

Want a complete rabbit warren of links to all kinds of fascinating sites about soap history? Click here, but make yourself a cuppa first. You're going to be lost for a good long while. On second thoughts make up a thermos and a packed lunch.

And you know what? I still haven't finally decided on my hero-scented soap. Any suggestions? What kind of scent do you think a hero's soap should smell like?

205 thoughts on “Down the rabbit holes of research”

  1. Maybe something like English Leather. Though I really like sandalwood, it probably would be something that only a person who traveled to the East would know about.

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  2. Maybe something like English Leather. Though I really like sandalwood, it probably would be something that only a person who traveled to the East would know about.

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  3. Maybe something like English Leather. Though I really like sandalwood, it probably would be something that only a person who traveled to the East would know about.

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  4. Maybe something like English Leather. Though I really like sandalwood, it probably would be something that only a person who traveled to the East would know about.

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  5. Maybe something like English Leather. Though I really like sandalwood, it probably would be something that only a person who traveled to the East would know about.

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  6. Well, I don’t know about your hero, but my personal preference would lean toward citrus or spice. Thanks for the interesting link about regency era soap making. I can see why you would tend to get lost in that rabbit hole.

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  7. Well, I don’t know about your hero, but my personal preference would lean toward citrus or spice. Thanks for the interesting link about regency era soap making. I can see why you would tend to get lost in that rabbit hole.

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  8. Well, I don’t know about your hero, but my personal preference would lean toward citrus or spice. Thanks for the interesting link about regency era soap making. I can see why you would tend to get lost in that rabbit hole.

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  9. Well, I don’t know about your hero, but my personal preference would lean toward citrus or spice. Thanks for the interesting link about regency era soap making. I can see why you would tend to get lost in that rabbit hole.

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  10. Well, I don’t know about your hero, but my personal preference would lean toward citrus or spice. Thanks for the interesting link about regency era soap making. I can see why you would tend to get lost in that rabbit hole.

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  11. I’m not a writer, but I’ve written enough research papers for my degree and certifications that I can attest to that rabbit hole. I once spent an entire Saturday “researching” and it truly was helpful in the end but it was a read, oooo click link, read, oooo click link…repeat ad nauseum…LOL Fascinating the things you can pick up though. Some useful, some more brain space fodder, but so very interesting.
    I make my hubby a beard oil that smells like my hero. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy.

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  12. I’m not a writer, but I’ve written enough research papers for my degree and certifications that I can attest to that rabbit hole. I once spent an entire Saturday “researching” and it truly was helpful in the end but it was a read, oooo click link, read, oooo click link…repeat ad nauseum…LOL Fascinating the things you can pick up though. Some useful, some more brain space fodder, but so very interesting.
    I make my hubby a beard oil that smells like my hero. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy.

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  13. I’m not a writer, but I’ve written enough research papers for my degree and certifications that I can attest to that rabbit hole. I once spent an entire Saturday “researching” and it truly was helpful in the end but it was a read, oooo click link, read, oooo click link…repeat ad nauseum…LOL Fascinating the things you can pick up though. Some useful, some more brain space fodder, but so very interesting.
    I make my hubby a beard oil that smells like my hero. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy.

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  14. I’m not a writer, but I’ve written enough research papers for my degree and certifications that I can attest to that rabbit hole. I once spent an entire Saturday “researching” and it truly was helpful in the end but it was a read, oooo click link, read, oooo click link…repeat ad nauseum…LOL Fascinating the things you can pick up though. Some useful, some more brain space fodder, but so very interesting.
    I make my hubby a beard oil that smells like my hero. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy.

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  15. I’m not a writer, but I’ve written enough research papers for my degree and certifications that I can attest to that rabbit hole. I once spent an entire Saturday “researching” and it truly was helpful in the end but it was a read, oooo click link, read, oooo click link…repeat ad nauseum…LOL Fascinating the things you can pick up though. Some useful, some more brain space fodder, but so very interesting.
    I make my hubby a beard oil that smells like my hero. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy.

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  16. Thanks, Kathy. Sandalwood is one of my go-to fragrances for men, too, and I currently have it in my manuscript. And Im sure it was possible in the Regency, though it doesnt show up in any of the on-line sites. But English traders had been importing oriental goods for generations, so sandalwood would have been there, though whether it was in soap is another matter.

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  17. Thanks, Kathy. Sandalwood is one of my go-to fragrances for men, too, and I currently have it in my manuscript. And Im sure it was possible in the Regency, though it doesnt show up in any of the on-line sites. But English traders had been importing oriental goods for generations, so sandalwood would have been there, though whether it was in soap is another matter.

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  18. Thanks, Kathy. Sandalwood is one of my go-to fragrances for men, too, and I currently have it in my manuscript. And Im sure it was possible in the Regency, though it doesnt show up in any of the on-line sites. But English traders had been importing oriental goods for generations, so sandalwood would have been there, though whether it was in soap is another matter.

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  19. Thanks, Kathy. Sandalwood is one of my go-to fragrances for men, too, and I currently have it in my manuscript. And Im sure it was possible in the Regency, though it doesnt show up in any of the on-line sites. But English traders had been importing oriental goods for generations, so sandalwood would have been there, though whether it was in soap is another matter.

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  20. Thanks, Kathy. Sandalwood is one of my go-to fragrances for men, too, and I currently have it in my manuscript. And Im sure it was possible in the Regency, though it doesnt show up in any of the on-line sites. But English traders had been importing oriental goods for generations, so sandalwood would have been there, though whether it was in soap is another matter.

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  21. Thanks, Mary — yes its a wonderful rabbit hole. Citrus is a gorgeous fragrance, clean and sharp, and a hint of spice is lovely too. I stayed in a hotel recently where the hotel body lotion contained cinnamon. It surprised me at first, but I quickly got used to it, and enjoyed it.

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  22. Thanks, Mary — yes its a wonderful rabbit hole. Citrus is a gorgeous fragrance, clean and sharp, and a hint of spice is lovely too. I stayed in a hotel recently where the hotel body lotion contained cinnamon. It surprised me at first, but I quickly got used to it, and enjoyed it.

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  23. Thanks, Mary — yes its a wonderful rabbit hole. Citrus is a gorgeous fragrance, clean and sharp, and a hint of spice is lovely too. I stayed in a hotel recently where the hotel body lotion contained cinnamon. It surprised me at first, but I quickly got used to it, and enjoyed it.

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  24. Thanks, Mary — yes its a wonderful rabbit hole. Citrus is a gorgeous fragrance, clean and sharp, and a hint of spice is lovely too. I stayed in a hotel recently where the hotel body lotion contained cinnamon. It surprised me at first, but I quickly got used to it, and enjoyed it.

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  25. Thanks, Mary — yes its a wonderful rabbit hole. Citrus is a gorgeous fragrance, clean and sharp, and a hint of spice is lovely too. I stayed in a hotel recently where the hotel body lotion contained cinnamon. It surprised me at first, but I quickly got used to it, and enjoyed it.

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  26. Hi Stephanie, yes the rabbit hole can lead you into many fascinating places. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy. Lovely combinations. I like all of them, though Ive never thought of bergamot in that combination, and Ive only recently experienced cinnamon in a lotion (see previous comment). Lemon and rosemary are favorites, though I usually use rosemary for heroines to use in a hair rinse — which is a whole other rabbit hole.

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  27. Hi Stephanie, yes the rabbit hole can lead you into many fascinating places. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy. Lovely combinations. I like all of them, though Ive never thought of bergamot in that combination, and Ive only recently experienced cinnamon in a lotion (see previous comment). Lemon and rosemary are favorites, though I usually use rosemary for heroines to use in a hair rinse — which is a whole other rabbit hole.

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  28. Hi Stephanie, yes the rabbit hole can lead you into many fascinating places. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy. Lovely combinations. I like all of them, though Ive never thought of bergamot in that combination, and Ive only recently experienced cinnamon in a lotion (see previous comment). Lemon and rosemary are favorites, though I usually use rosemary for heroines to use in a hair rinse — which is a whole other rabbit hole.

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  29. Hi Stephanie, yes the rabbit hole can lead you into many fascinating places. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy. Lovely combinations. I like all of them, though Ive never thought of bergamot in that combination, and Ive only recently experienced cinnamon in a lotion (see previous comment). Lemon and rosemary are favorites, though I usually use rosemary for heroines to use in a hair rinse — which is a whole other rabbit hole.

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  30. Hi Stephanie, yes the rabbit hole can lead you into many fascinating places. Bergamot, cinnamon, cypress and sandalwood. Earthy, citrusy, and spicy all at once. I also really love lemon and rosemary. Clean and woodsy. Lovely combinations. I like all of them, though Ive never thought of bergamot in that combination, and Ive only recently experienced cinnamon in a lotion (see previous comment). Lemon and rosemary are favorites, though I usually use rosemary for heroines to use in a hair rinse — which is a whole other rabbit hole.

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  31. Thanks, Kareni — Im going to have to investigate bergamot for soap — Ive never come across it in soap before. Its always been associated with tea in my mind. Pine is lovely, but Ive used it before, also the citrus fragrances, which I love.

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  32. Thanks, Kareni — Im going to have to investigate bergamot for soap — Ive never come across it in soap before. Its always been associated with tea in my mind. Pine is lovely, but Ive used it before, also the citrus fragrances, which I love.

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  33. Thanks, Kareni — Im going to have to investigate bergamot for soap — Ive never come across it in soap before. Its always been associated with tea in my mind. Pine is lovely, but Ive used it before, also the citrus fragrances, which I love.

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  34. Thanks, Kareni — Im going to have to investigate bergamot for soap — Ive never come across it in soap before. Its always been associated with tea in my mind. Pine is lovely, but Ive used it before, also the citrus fragrances, which I love.

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  35. Thanks, Kareni — Im going to have to investigate bergamot for soap — Ive never come across it in soap before. Its always been associated with tea in my mind. Pine is lovely, but Ive used it before, also the citrus fragrances, which I love.

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  36. I think all those rabbit warrens and trails have given me a much more well rounded education than I ever received in school! I have to not start when I’m writing or sometimes, I can spend two days ‘researching’!
    And really, it’s too bad they didn’t have Old Spice back then. That was my dad’s scent of choice and I sort of forced it on my husband, but it’s just so male perfect.

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  37. I think all those rabbit warrens and trails have given me a much more well rounded education than I ever received in school! I have to not start when I’m writing or sometimes, I can spend two days ‘researching’!
    And really, it’s too bad they didn’t have Old Spice back then. That was my dad’s scent of choice and I sort of forced it on my husband, but it’s just so male perfect.

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  38. I think all those rabbit warrens and trails have given me a much more well rounded education than I ever received in school! I have to not start when I’m writing or sometimes, I can spend two days ‘researching’!
    And really, it’s too bad they didn’t have Old Spice back then. That was my dad’s scent of choice and I sort of forced it on my husband, but it’s just so male perfect.

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  39. I think all those rabbit warrens and trails have given me a much more well rounded education than I ever received in school! I have to not start when I’m writing or sometimes, I can spend two days ‘researching’!
    And really, it’s too bad they didn’t have Old Spice back then. That was my dad’s scent of choice and I sort of forced it on my husband, but it’s just so male perfect.

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  40. I think all those rabbit warrens and trails have given me a much more well rounded education than I ever received in school! I have to not start when I’m writing or sometimes, I can spend two days ‘researching’!
    And really, it’s too bad they didn’t have Old Spice back then. That was my dad’s scent of choice and I sort of forced it on my husband, but it’s just so male perfect.

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  41. Theo, my dad wore Old Spice, too and it was lovely. I catch a whiff of it now and then on some passing stranger and I sniff deeply and think of Dad. Not really a good look, sniffing strange men, is it? LOL

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  42. Theo, my dad wore Old Spice, too and it was lovely. I catch a whiff of it now and then on some passing stranger and I sniff deeply and think of Dad. Not really a good look, sniffing strange men, is it? LOL

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  43. Theo, my dad wore Old Spice, too and it was lovely. I catch a whiff of it now and then on some passing stranger and I sniff deeply and think of Dad. Not really a good look, sniffing strange men, is it? LOL

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  44. Theo, my dad wore Old Spice, too and it was lovely. I catch a whiff of it now and then on some passing stranger and I sniff deeply and think of Dad. Not really a good look, sniffing strange men, is it? LOL

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  45. Theo, my dad wore Old Spice, too and it was lovely. I catch a whiff of it now and then on some passing stranger and I sniff deeply and think of Dad. Not really a good look, sniffing strange men, is it? LOL

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  46. Thanks, Mary Jo — you surprised me, saying bergamot is a citrus, so I dived down another rabbit hole and discovered there are several plants called bergamot — a kind of orange and several kinds of herbs, not related to the orange at all. One of them is called bee balm.
    Oh the joy of rabbit holes. We are so lucky to be able to research so much in an instant.

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  47. Thanks, Mary Jo — you surprised me, saying bergamot is a citrus, so I dived down another rabbit hole and discovered there are several plants called bergamot — a kind of orange and several kinds of herbs, not related to the orange at all. One of them is called bee balm.
    Oh the joy of rabbit holes. We are so lucky to be able to research so much in an instant.

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  48. Thanks, Mary Jo — you surprised me, saying bergamot is a citrus, so I dived down another rabbit hole and discovered there are several plants called bergamot — a kind of orange and several kinds of herbs, not related to the orange at all. One of them is called bee balm.
    Oh the joy of rabbit holes. We are so lucky to be able to research so much in an instant.

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  49. Thanks, Mary Jo — you surprised me, saying bergamot is a citrus, so I dived down another rabbit hole and discovered there are several plants called bergamot — a kind of orange and several kinds of herbs, not related to the orange at all. One of them is called bee balm.
    Oh the joy of rabbit holes. We are so lucky to be able to research so much in an instant.

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  50. Thanks, Mary Jo — you surprised me, saying bergamot is a citrus, so I dived down another rabbit hole and discovered there are several plants called bergamot — a kind of orange and several kinds of herbs, not related to the orange at all. One of them is called bee balm.
    Oh the joy of rabbit holes. We are so lucky to be able to research so much in an instant.

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  51. I didn’t realize that writers had rabbit holes also (although I should have); they are the bane
    of the genealogy researcher. We have almost finished the data on great-grandmother; just
    where and when did she die? Well … they lived in xxxx, so let’s start there. Oh, look! There’s
    Uncle George (from another branch of the family; I didn’t know they lived in the same area! )
    How many greats is he? Did the families intermarry earlier than I thought? Two hours later I know a great deal about Uncle George’s family (I’m not researching them right now) but
    I’m no closer to great-grandmother than I ever was! Sound familiar?
    It may be procrastination, but it is probably just built into the psyche of those of us who get
    so lost. If we weren’t so curious about this topic, we wouldn’t have been looking the first
    question up.

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  52. I didn’t realize that writers had rabbit holes also (although I should have); they are the bane
    of the genealogy researcher. We have almost finished the data on great-grandmother; just
    where and when did she die? Well … they lived in xxxx, so let’s start there. Oh, look! There’s
    Uncle George (from another branch of the family; I didn’t know they lived in the same area! )
    How many greats is he? Did the families intermarry earlier than I thought? Two hours later I know a great deal about Uncle George’s family (I’m not researching them right now) but
    I’m no closer to great-grandmother than I ever was! Sound familiar?
    It may be procrastination, but it is probably just built into the psyche of those of us who get
    so lost. If we weren’t so curious about this topic, we wouldn’t have been looking the first
    question up.

    Reply
  53. I didn’t realize that writers had rabbit holes also (although I should have); they are the bane
    of the genealogy researcher. We have almost finished the data on great-grandmother; just
    where and when did she die? Well … they lived in xxxx, so let’s start there. Oh, look! There’s
    Uncle George (from another branch of the family; I didn’t know they lived in the same area! )
    How many greats is he? Did the families intermarry earlier than I thought? Two hours later I know a great deal about Uncle George’s family (I’m not researching them right now) but
    I’m no closer to great-grandmother than I ever was! Sound familiar?
    It may be procrastination, but it is probably just built into the psyche of those of us who get
    so lost. If we weren’t so curious about this topic, we wouldn’t have been looking the first
    question up.

    Reply
  54. I didn’t realize that writers had rabbit holes also (although I should have); they are the bane
    of the genealogy researcher. We have almost finished the data on great-grandmother; just
    where and when did she die? Well … they lived in xxxx, so let’s start there. Oh, look! There’s
    Uncle George (from another branch of the family; I didn’t know they lived in the same area! )
    How many greats is he? Did the families intermarry earlier than I thought? Two hours later I know a great deal about Uncle George’s family (I’m not researching them right now) but
    I’m no closer to great-grandmother than I ever was! Sound familiar?
    It may be procrastination, but it is probably just built into the psyche of those of us who get
    so lost. If we weren’t so curious about this topic, we wouldn’t have been looking the first
    question up.

    Reply
  55. I didn’t realize that writers had rabbit holes also (although I should have); they are the bane
    of the genealogy researcher. We have almost finished the data on great-grandmother; just
    where and when did she die? Well … they lived in xxxx, so let’s start there. Oh, look! There’s
    Uncle George (from another branch of the family; I didn’t know they lived in the same area! )
    How many greats is he? Did the families intermarry earlier than I thought? Two hours later I know a great deal about Uncle George’s family (I’m not researching them right now) but
    I’m no closer to great-grandmother than I ever was! Sound familiar?
    It may be procrastination, but it is probably just built into the psyche of those of us who get
    so lost. If we weren’t so curious about this topic, we wouldn’t have been looking the first
    question up.

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  56. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    Also, I just finished a Laura Lee Guhrke book from the mid 2000s, set in 1894, which had the hero intoxicated by the heroine’s use of Pears soap 🙂 If only we could source some of the original soap in a museum or something (can we? Yet another rabbit hole!).
    And finally, if any soap maker does bergamot, it might be these people. A beautiful shop in the last town before Margaret River in WA. I always end up buying something there, even if I don’t mean to. http://moonhaven.com.au/product-category/shop/soap/

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  57. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    Also, I just finished a Laura Lee Guhrke book from the mid 2000s, set in 1894, which had the hero intoxicated by the heroine’s use of Pears soap 🙂 If only we could source some of the original soap in a museum or something (can we? Yet another rabbit hole!).
    And finally, if any soap maker does bergamot, it might be these people. A beautiful shop in the last town before Margaret River in WA. I always end up buying something there, even if I don’t mean to. http://moonhaven.com.au/product-category/shop/soap/

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  58. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    Also, I just finished a Laura Lee Guhrke book from the mid 2000s, set in 1894, which had the hero intoxicated by the heroine’s use of Pears soap 🙂 If only we could source some of the original soap in a museum or something (can we? Yet another rabbit hole!).
    And finally, if any soap maker does bergamot, it might be these people. A beautiful shop in the last town before Margaret River in WA. I always end up buying something there, even if I don’t mean to. http://moonhaven.com.au/product-category/shop/soap/

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  59. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    Also, I just finished a Laura Lee Guhrke book from the mid 2000s, set in 1894, which had the hero intoxicated by the heroine’s use of Pears soap 🙂 If only we could source some of the original soap in a museum or something (can we? Yet another rabbit hole!).
    And finally, if any soap maker does bergamot, it might be these people. A beautiful shop in the last town before Margaret River in WA. I always end up buying something there, even if I don’t mean to. http://moonhaven.com.au/product-category/shop/soap/

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  60. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    Also, I just finished a Laura Lee Guhrke book from the mid 2000s, set in 1894, which had the hero intoxicated by the heroine’s use of Pears soap 🙂 If only we could source some of the original soap in a museum or something (can we? Yet another rabbit hole!).
    And finally, if any soap maker does bergamot, it might be these people. A beautiful shop in the last town before Margaret River in WA. I always end up buying something there, even if I don’t mean to. http://moonhaven.com.au/product-category/shop/soap/

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  61. Im chuckling here, Sue — yes genealogy has very similar rabbit holes — and probably more neverending. A couple of my friends are passionate genealogists but luckily I havent been caught by the bug, yet.

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  62. Im chuckling here, Sue — yes genealogy has very similar rabbit holes — and probably more neverending. A couple of my friends are passionate genealogists but luckily I havent been caught by the bug, yet.

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  63. Im chuckling here, Sue — yes genealogy has very similar rabbit holes — and probably more neverending. A couple of my friends are passionate genealogists but luckily I havent been caught by the bug, yet.

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  64. Im chuckling here, Sue — yes genealogy has very similar rabbit holes — and probably more neverending. A couple of my friends are passionate genealogists but luckily I havent been caught by the bug, yet.

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  65. Im chuckling here, Sue — yes genealogy has very similar rabbit holes — and probably more neverending. A couple of my friends are passionate genealogists but luckily I havent been caught by the bug, yet.

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  66. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    LOL Deborah. Its often 4XXXX — in fact I used to have a crit partner who asked, Why do all your people live in Beer St?
    (For the non-Aussies, 4 XXXX is a brand of beer.)
    Thanks for the soap tip-off — I tried to get to Margaret River last time I was in WA and I ended up with the flu and didnt make it. As for the Pears soap, yes I was surprised to realize it was around during the Regency era. Its still a lovely soap, I think.

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  67. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    LOL Deborah. Its often 4XXXX — in fact I used to have a crit partner who asked, Why do all your people live in Beer St?
    (For the non-Aussies, 4 XXXX is a brand of beer.)
    Thanks for the soap tip-off — I tried to get to Margaret River last time I was in WA and I ended up with the flu and didnt make it. As for the Pears soap, yes I was surprised to realize it was around during the Regency era. Its still a lovely soap, I think.

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  68. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    LOL Deborah. Its often 4XXXX — in fact I used to have a crit partner who asked, Why do all your people live in Beer St?
    (For the non-Aussies, 4 XXXX is a brand of beer.)
    Thanks for the soap tip-off — I tried to get to Margaret River last time I was in WA and I ended up with the flu and didnt make it. As for the Pears soap, yes I was surprised to realize it was around during the Regency era. Its still a lovely soap, I think.

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  69. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    LOL Deborah. Its often 4XXXX — in fact I used to have a crit partner who asked, Why do all your people live in Beer St?
    (For the non-Aussies, 4 XXXX is a brand of beer.)
    Thanks for the soap tip-off — I tried to get to Margaret River last time I was in WA and I ended up with the flu and didnt make it. As for the Pears soap, yes I was surprised to realize it was around during the Regency era. Its still a lovely soap, I think.

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  70. Being Australian, I like that you use 5 Xs instead of 4 Xs 😉
    LOL Deborah. Its often 4XXXX — in fact I used to have a crit partner who asked, Why do all your people live in Beer St?
    (For the non-Aussies, 4 XXXX is a brand of beer.)
    Thanks for the soap tip-off — I tried to get to Margaret River last time I was in WA and I ended up with the flu and didnt make it. As for the Pears soap, yes I was surprised to realize it was around during the Regency era. Its still a lovely soap, I think.

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  71. I make soap. Rosemary soap has a nice masculine smell to it. Clean and strong. I imagine marjoram does too. Orange and spices is fantastic. Clove is particularly masculine smelling. I hope that helps.

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  72. I make soap. Rosemary soap has a nice masculine smell to it. Clean and strong. I imagine marjoram does too. Orange and spices is fantastic. Clove is particularly masculine smelling. I hope that helps.

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  73. I make soap. Rosemary soap has a nice masculine smell to it. Clean and strong. I imagine marjoram does too. Orange and spices is fantastic. Clove is particularly masculine smelling. I hope that helps.

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  74. I make soap. Rosemary soap has a nice masculine smell to it. Clean and strong. I imagine marjoram does too. Orange and spices is fantastic. Clove is particularly masculine smelling. I hope that helps.

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  75. I make soap. Rosemary soap has a nice masculine smell to it. Clean and strong. I imagine marjoram does too. Orange and spices is fantastic. Clove is particularly masculine smelling. I hope that helps.

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  76. I loved this, as my writing is full of placeholders, where the number of Xs depends on how much coffee was consumed. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

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  77. I loved this, as my writing is full of placeholders, where the number of Xs depends on how much coffee was consumed. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

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  78. I loved this, as my writing is full of placeholders, where the number of Xs depends on how much coffee was consumed. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

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  79. I loved this, as my writing is full of placeholders, where the number of Xs depends on how much coffee was consumed. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

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  80. I loved this, as my writing is full of placeholders, where the number of Xs depends on how much coffee was consumed. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

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  81. One can start looking for something and end up with six other things. I think either lemon or nutmeg for the man’s soap. What is his character? Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? Frankly, those are the details I miss and need to insert. I don’t analyze scent– it is pleasant or not or it takes away my breath ( literally) and I have to escape it quickly.
    Research has distracted me from writing for ages.

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  82. One can start looking for something and end up with six other things. I think either lemon or nutmeg for the man’s soap. What is his character? Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? Frankly, those are the details I miss and need to insert. I don’t analyze scent– it is pleasant or not or it takes away my breath ( literally) and I have to escape it quickly.
    Research has distracted me from writing for ages.

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  83. One can start looking for something and end up with six other things. I think either lemon or nutmeg for the man’s soap. What is his character? Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? Frankly, those are the details I miss and need to insert. I don’t analyze scent– it is pleasant or not or it takes away my breath ( literally) and I have to escape it quickly.
    Research has distracted me from writing for ages.

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  84. One can start looking for something and end up with six other things. I think either lemon or nutmeg for the man’s soap. What is his character? Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? Frankly, those are the details I miss and need to insert. I don’t analyze scent– it is pleasant or not or it takes away my breath ( literally) and I have to escape it quickly.
    Research has distracted me from writing for ages.

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  85. One can start looking for something and end up with six other things. I think either lemon or nutmeg for the man’s soap. What is his character? Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? Frankly, those are the details I miss and need to insert. I don’t analyze scent– it is pleasant or not or it takes away my breath ( literally) and I have to escape it quickly.
    Research has distracted me from writing for ages.

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  86. Thanks, Nancy — yes research can indeed distract from writing. Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? — yes, thats the thing Im after — the combination of scents that reflects him, or evokes some aspect of him. Soap as a reflection of character, kind of thing. Thats the tricky part.

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  87. Thanks, Nancy — yes research can indeed distract from writing. Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? — yes, thats the thing Im after — the combination of scents that reflects him, or evokes some aspect of him. Soap as a reflection of character, kind of thing. Thats the tricky part.

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  88. Thanks, Nancy — yes research can indeed distract from writing. Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? — yes, thats the thing Im after — the combination of scents that reflects him, or evokes some aspect of him. Soap as a reflection of character, kind of thing. Thats the tricky part.

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  89. Thanks, Nancy — yes research can indeed distract from writing. Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? — yes, thats the thing Im after — the combination of scents that reflects him, or evokes some aspect of him. Soap as a reflection of character, kind of thing. Thats the tricky part.

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  90. Thanks, Nancy — yes research can indeed distract from writing. Which scent fits him and not just is suitable for a man? — yes, thats the thing Im after — the combination of scents that reflects him, or evokes some aspect of him. Soap as a reflection of character, kind of thing. Thats the tricky part.

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  91. I think any of those soaps could make him smell good enough to eat. *g*
    I love those rabbit holes of research. I once lost a day learning about Dorset buttons. They didn’t end up in the book I was working on at the time, but one of these days maybe they’ll turn up in another. The thing about research is that you never know when something is going to turn out to be useful.

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  92. I think any of those soaps could make him smell good enough to eat. *g*
    I love those rabbit holes of research. I once lost a day learning about Dorset buttons. They didn’t end up in the book I was working on at the time, but one of these days maybe they’ll turn up in another. The thing about research is that you never know when something is going to turn out to be useful.

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  93. I think any of those soaps could make him smell good enough to eat. *g*
    I love those rabbit holes of research. I once lost a day learning about Dorset buttons. They didn’t end up in the book I was working on at the time, but one of these days maybe they’ll turn up in another. The thing about research is that you never know when something is going to turn out to be useful.

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  94. I think any of those soaps could make him smell good enough to eat. *g*
    I love those rabbit holes of research. I once lost a day learning about Dorset buttons. They didn’t end up in the book I was working on at the time, but one of these days maybe they’ll turn up in another. The thing about research is that you never know when something is going to turn out to be useful.

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  95. I think any of those soaps could make him smell good enough to eat. *g*
    I love those rabbit holes of research. I once lost a day learning about Dorset buttons. They didn’t end up in the book I was working on at the time, but one of these days maybe they’ll turn up in another. The thing about research is that you never know when something is going to turn out to be useful.

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  96. For me, bergamot can only be a citrus and I put bergamot essential oils into various things. My sister wears it as perfume. 🙂 I adore Earl Grey tea which is black tea flavored with oil of bergamot.

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  97. For me, bergamot can only be a citrus and I put bergamot essential oils into various things. My sister wears it as perfume. 🙂 I adore Earl Grey tea which is black tea flavored with oil of bergamot.

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  98. For me, bergamot can only be a citrus and I put bergamot essential oils into various things. My sister wears it as perfume. 🙂 I adore Earl Grey tea which is black tea flavored with oil of bergamot.

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  99. For me, bergamot can only be a citrus and I put bergamot essential oils into various things. My sister wears it as perfume. 🙂 I adore Earl Grey tea which is black tea flavored with oil of bergamot.

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  100. For me, bergamot can only be a citrus and I put bergamot essential oils into various things. My sister wears it as perfume. 🙂 I adore Earl Grey tea which is black tea flavored with oil of bergamot.

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  101. I am not a professional researcher, I am simply a curious woman who absolutely has fallen in love with what the internet can do for me. I am a fan of old movies. So, I can look up a film, and then go to the lives of the stars, chase down the director and cinematographer and the rest is history – literally it is history. And I love history, whether it is from mid 20th century movies or 1789 soaps. I look up a great number of things just ’cause.
    I am glad that I am not the only person that gets sucked into all the joys of research. Since I do not actually need the information for anything except my own need to know, I am pretty certain this is another of my addictions.

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  102. I am not a professional researcher, I am simply a curious woman who absolutely has fallen in love with what the internet can do for me. I am a fan of old movies. So, I can look up a film, and then go to the lives of the stars, chase down the director and cinematographer and the rest is history – literally it is history. And I love history, whether it is from mid 20th century movies or 1789 soaps. I look up a great number of things just ’cause.
    I am glad that I am not the only person that gets sucked into all the joys of research. Since I do not actually need the information for anything except my own need to know, I am pretty certain this is another of my addictions.

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  103. I am not a professional researcher, I am simply a curious woman who absolutely has fallen in love with what the internet can do for me. I am a fan of old movies. So, I can look up a film, and then go to the lives of the stars, chase down the director and cinematographer and the rest is history – literally it is history. And I love history, whether it is from mid 20th century movies or 1789 soaps. I look up a great number of things just ’cause.
    I am glad that I am not the only person that gets sucked into all the joys of research. Since I do not actually need the information for anything except my own need to know, I am pretty certain this is another of my addictions.

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  104. I am not a professional researcher, I am simply a curious woman who absolutely has fallen in love with what the internet can do for me. I am a fan of old movies. So, I can look up a film, and then go to the lives of the stars, chase down the director and cinematographer and the rest is history – literally it is history. And I love history, whether it is from mid 20th century movies or 1789 soaps. I look up a great number of things just ’cause.
    I am glad that I am not the only person that gets sucked into all the joys of research. Since I do not actually need the information for anything except my own need to know, I am pretty certain this is another of my addictions.

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  105. I am not a professional researcher, I am simply a curious woman who absolutely has fallen in love with what the internet can do for me. I am a fan of old movies. So, I can look up a film, and then go to the lives of the stars, chase down the director and cinematographer and the rest is history – literally it is history. And I love history, whether it is from mid 20th century movies or 1789 soaps. I look up a great number of things just ’cause.
    I am glad that I am not the only person that gets sucked into all the joys of research. Since I do not actually need the information for anything except my own need to know, I am pretty certain this is another of my addictions.

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  106. Research is the joy and bane of my existence. I recently was told to find something, but the name was in an embedded graphic–so I didn’t find the document my boss wanted. He had it saved on his shared drive.
    Right now, I’ve signed up for a couple of FB groups that are flooding me with information about the Medieval Era, and of course something there causes me to do a google search and off I am down a list of links. I am wasting so much time, but it’s all fascinating, and the pictures are castle and cathedral porn.
    I do remember when research was a card catalog, wandering down shelves with call numbers, and shaking a book before I opened it if it looked really dusty. Then I would count my dimes. Did I really need this page or that one?

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  107. Research is the joy and bane of my existence. I recently was told to find something, but the name was in an embedded graphic–so I didn’t find the document my boss wanted. He had it saved on his shared drive.
    Right now, I’ve signed up for a couple of FB groups that are flooding me with information about the Medieval Era, and of course something there causes me to do a google search and off I am down a list of links. I am wasting so much time, but it’s all fascinating, and the pictures are castle and cathedral porn.
    I do remember when research was a card catalog, wandering down shelves with call numbers, and shaking a book before I opened it if it looked really dusty. Then I would count my dimes. Did I really need this page or that one?

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  108. Research is the joy and bane of my existence. I recently was told to find something, but the name was in an embedded graphic–so I didn’t find the document my boss wanted. He had it saved on his shared drive.
    Right now, I’ve signed up for a couple of FB groups that are flooding me with information about the Medieval Era, and of course something there causes me to do a google search and off I am down a list of links. I am wasting so much time, but it’s all fascinating, and the pictures are castle and cathedral porn.
    I do remember when research was a card catalog, wandering down shelves with call numbers, and shaking a book before I opened it if it looked really dusty. Then I would count my dimes. Did I really need this page or that one?

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  109. Research is the joy and bane of my existence. I recently was told to find something, but the name was in an embedded graphic–so I didn’t find the document my boss wanted. He had it saved on his shared drive.
    Right now, I’ve signed up for a couple of FB groups that are flooding me with information about the Medieval Era, and of course something there causes me to do a google search and off I am down a list of links. I am wasting so much time, but it’s all fascinating, and the pictures are castle and cathedral porn.
    I do remember when research was a card catalog, wandering down shelves with call numbers, and shaking a book before I opened it if it looked really dusty. Then I would count my dimes. Did I really need this page or that one?

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  110. Research is the joy and bane of my existence. I recently was told to find something, but the name was in an embedded graphic–so I didn’t find the document my boss wanted. He had it saved on his shared drive.
    Right now, I’ve signed up for a couple of FB groups that are flooding me with information about the Medieval Era, and of course something there causes me to do a google search and off I am down a list of links. I am wasting so much time, but it’s all fascinating, and the pictures are castle and cathedral porn.
    I do remember when research was a card catalog, wandering down shelves with call numbers, and shaking a book before I opened it if it looked really dusty. Then I would count my dimes. Did I really need this page or that one?

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  111. I have a picture of you Anne in my head going around sniffing strange men :):)
    I often wonder how I would get on in these times. I have very very sensitive skin. I don’t use water on my face at all and I definitely can’t use soap.
    So Anne you probably wouldn’t want to be sniffing me, he he he!!!

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  112. I have a picture of you Anne in my head going around sniffing strange men :):)
    I often wonder how I would get on in these times. I have very very sensitive skin. I don’t use water on my face at all and I definitely can’t use soap.
    So Anne you probably wouldn’t want to be sniffing me, he he he!!!

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  113. I have a picture of you Anne in my head going around sniffing strange men :):)
    I often wonder how I would get on in these times. I have very very sensitive skin. I don’t use water on my face at all and I definitely can’t use soap.
    So Anne you probably wouldn’t want to be sniffing me, he he he!!!

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  114. I have a picture of you Anne in my head going around sniffing strange men :):)
    I often wonder how I would get on in these times. I have very very sensitive skin. I don’t use water on my face at all and I definitely can’t use soap.
    So Anne you probably wouldn’t want to be sniffing me, he he he!!!

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  115. I have a picture of you Anne in my head going around sniffing strange men :):)
    I often wonder how I would get on in these times. I have very very sensitive skin. I don’t use water on my face at all and I definitely can’t use soap.
    So Anne you probably wouldn’t want to be sniffing me, he he he!!!

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  116. Thanks, Lillian — and you know what youve done, dont you? I and a pile of other wenchly readers will now head off down another rabbit hole, looking up Dorset buttons. LOL As for using all your research, yes, indeed. I tell people that research is like an iceberg — you only see the tip of what you do in the final book — if that.

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  117. Thanks, Lillian — and you know what youve done, dont you? I and a pile of other wenchly readers will now head off down another rabbit hole, looking up Dorset buttons. LOL As for using all your research, yes, indeed. I tell people that research is like an iceberg — you only see the tip of what you do in the final book — if that.

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  118. Thanks, Lillian — and you know what youve done, dont you? I and a pile of other wenchly readers will now head off down another rabbit hole, looking up Dorset buttons. LOL As for using all your research, yes, indeed. I tell people that research is like an iceberg — you only see the tip of what you do in the final book — if that.

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  119. Thanks, Lillian — and you know what youve done, dont you? I and a pile of other wenchly readers will now head off down another rabbit hole, looking up Dorset buttons. LOL As for using all your research, yes, indeed. I tell people that research is like an iceberg — you only see the tip of what you do in the final book — if that.

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  120. Thanks, Lillian — and you know what youve done, dont you? I and a pile of other wenchly readers will now head off down another rabbit hole, looking up Dorset buttons. LOL As for using all your research, yes, indeed. I tell people that research is like an iceberg — you only see the tip of what you do in the final book — if that.

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  121. Thanks, Stephanie — Im going to have to find a bergamot tree and smell the fruit — or at least smell bergamot essential oil. Im not a big fan of Earl Grey tea. I think its one of those like it or hate it things. I remember when I was a kid I bought my mother a tin of Twinings Earl Grey tea and she hated it — said it was like drinking perfume. But in soap, it might be a whole other thing.

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  122. Thanks, Stephanie — Im going to have to find a bergamot tree and smell the fruit — or at least smell bergamot essential oil. Im not a big fan of Earl Grey tea. I think its one of those like it or hate it things. I remember when I was a kid I bought my mother a tin of Twinings Earl Grey tea and she hated it — said it was like drinking perfume. But in soap, it might be a whole other thing.

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  123. Thanks, Stephanie — Im going to have to find a bergamot tree and smell the fruit — or at least smell bergamot essential oil. Im not a big fan of Earl Grey tea. I think its one of those like it or hate it things. I remember when I was a kid I bought my mother a tin of Twinings Earl Grey tea and she hated it — said it was like drinking perfume. But in soap, it might be a whole other thing.

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  124. Thanks, Stephanie — Im going to have to find a bergamot tree and smell the fruit — or at least smell bergamot essential oil. Im not a big fan of Earl Grey tea. I think its one of those like it or hate it things. I remember when I was a kid I bought my mother a tin of Twinings Earl Grey tea and she hated it — said it was like drinking perfume. But in soap, it might be a whole other thing.

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  125. Thanks, Stephanie — Im going to have to find a bergamot tree and smell the fruit — or at least smell bergamot essential oil. Im not a big fan of Earl Grey tea. I think its one of those like it or hate it things. I remember when I was a kid I bought my mother a tin of Twinings Earl Grey tea and she hated it — said it was like drinking perfume. But in soap, it might be a whole other thing.

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  126. Annette, thats my trouble, too — with everything at my fingertips (as long as I have wi-fi) there is such a temptation to wander down the rabbit warren and just read and ponder and learn. Irresistible.

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  127. Annette, thats my trouble, too — with everything at my fingertips (as long as I have wi-fi) there is such a temptation to wander down the rabbit warren and just read and ponder and learn. Irresistible.

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  128. Annette, thats my trouble, too — with everything at my fingertips (as long as I have wi-fi) there is such a temptation to wander down the rabbit warren and just read and ponder and learn. Irresistible.

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  129. Annette, thats my trouble, too — with everything at my fingertips (as long as I have wi-fi) there is such a temptation to wander down the rabbit warren and just read and ponder and learn. Irresistible.

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  130. Annette, thats my trouble, too — with everything at my fingertips (as long as I have wi-fi) there is such a temptation to wander down the rabbit warren and just read and ponder and learn. Irresistible.

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  131. Shannon, thats so true. I used to spend so much time in libraries, but these days often the information I want is so esoteric, I wouldnt bother trying to hunt it down in the library — even if the library had it. My local libraries have tossed out masses of their research collection, in favor of more popular things. I suppose thats also a reaction to the fact that you can find most things on line these days and most people have computers or phones to look stuff up on. Still I mourn the lost of those books.

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  132. Shannon, thats so true. I used to spend so much time in libraries, but these days often the information I want is so esoteric, I wouldnt bother trying to hunt it down in the library — even if the library had it. My local libraries have tossed out masses of their research collection, in favor of more popular things. I suppose thats also a reaction to the fact that you can find most things on line these days and most people have computers or phones to look stuff up on. Still I mourn the lost of those books.

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  133. Shannon, thats so true. I used to spend so much time in libraries, but these days often the information I want is so esoteric, I wouldnt bother trying to hunt it down in the library — even if the library had it. My local libraries have tossed out masses of their research collection, in favor of more popular things. I suppose thats also a reaction to the fact that you can find most things on line these days and most people have computers or phones to look stuff up on. Still I mourn the lost of those books.

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  134. Shannon, thats so true. I used to spend so much time in libraries, but these days often the information I want is so esoteric, I wouldnt bother trying to hunt it down in the library — even if the library had it. My local libraries have tossed out masses of their research collection, in favor of more popular things. I suppose thats also a reaction to the fact that you can find most things on line these days and most people have computers or phones to look stuff up on. Still I mourn the lost of those books.

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  135. Shannon, thats so true. I used to spend so much time in libraries, but these days often the information I want is so esoteric, I wouldnt bother trying to hunt it down in the library — even if the library had it. My local libraries have tossed out masses of their research collection, in favor of more popular things. I suppose thats also a reaction to the fact that you can find most things on line these days and most people have computers or phones to look stuff up on. Still I mourn the lost of those books.

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  136. LOL Margaret. But hes been in that smelly old pond, he needs a bath! Actually I was surprised he didnt come out dripping duckweed and pond slime. It didnt look the most pristine of ponds.

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  137. LOL Margaret. But hes been in that smelly old pond, he needs a bath! Actually I was surprised he didnt come out dripping duckweed and pond slime. It didnt look the most pristine of ponds.

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  138. LOL Margaret. But hes been in that smelly old pond, he needs a bath! Actually I was surprised he didnt come out dripping duckweed and pond slime. It didnt look the most pristine of ponds.

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  139. LOL Margaret. But hes been in that smelly old pond, he needs a bath! Actually I was surprised he didnt come out dripping duckweed and pond slime. It didnt look the most pristine of ponds.

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  140. LOL Margaret. But hes been in that smelly old pond, he needs a bath! Actually I was surprised he didnt come out dripping duckweed and pond slime. It didnt look the most pristine of ponds.

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  141. LOL Teresa. Theres a saying from somewhere that when everybody smells, nobody smells — and thats true, I think. I remember going on school camps in my teens, where we camped out in the bush for days, and hiked and did all sorts of very active things, and there was no chance of a shower — we carried our own drinking water. And I have no memory of any of us ponging.

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  142. LOL Teresa. Theres a saying from somewhere that when everybody smells, nobody smells — and thats true, I think. I remember going on school camps in my teens, where we camped out in the bush for days, and hiked and did all sorts of very active things, and there was no chance of a shower — we carried our own drinking water. And I have no memory of any of us ponging.

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  143. LOL Teresa. Theres a saying from somewhere that when everybody smells, nobody smells — and thats true, I think. I remember going on school camps in my teens, where we camped out in the bush for days, and hiked and did all sorts of very active things, and there was no chance of a shower — we carried our own drinking water. And I have no memory of any of us ponging.

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  144. LOL Teresa. Theres a saying from somewhere that when everybody smells, nobody smells — and thats true, I think. I remember going on school camps in my teens, where we camped out in the bush for days, and hiked and did all sorts of very active things, and there was no chance of a shower — we carried our own drinking water. And I have no memory of any of us ponging.

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  145. LOL Teresa. Theres a saying from somewhere that when everybody smells, nobody smells — and thats true, I think. I remember going on school camps in my teens, where we camped out in the bush for days, and hiked and did all sorts of very active things, and there was no chance of a shower — we carried our own drinking water. And I have no memory of any of us ponging.

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  146. It’s so wonderful to have the internet for research. I remember having to track down books when I (often) got a bug about something in a book. Once it was Fabrege Eggs. It took forever to find a book with not so great photos. Now a few clicks and all the info and beautiful photos I could ask for. Of course the more I look the more I have to find. I used to have three sets of encyclopedias which I constantly used. I’m down to two. And I still have all my atlases. Always have to see where a book is set, especially historical. A historical that is poorly researched is anathema to me. My current stinker: a Regentcy heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch. This reader vastly appreciates good research. Little nuggets like the soap…heaven!

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  147. It’s so wonderful to have the internet for research. I remember having to track down books when I (often) got a bug about something in a book. Once it was Fabrege Eggs. It took forever to find a book with not so great photos. Now a few clicks and all the info and beautiful photos I could ask for. Of course the more I look the more I have to find. I used to have three sets of encyclopedias which I constantly used. I’m down to two. And I still have all my atlases. Always have to see where a book is set, especially historical. A historical that is poorly researched is anathema to me. My current stinker: a Regentcy heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch. This reader vastly appreciates good research. Little nuggets like the soap…heaven!

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  148. It’s so wonderful to have the internet for research. I remember having to track down books when I (often) got a bug about something in a book. Once it was Fabrege Eggs. It took forever to find a book with not so great photos. Now a few clicks and all the info and beautiful photos I could ask for. Of course the more I look the more I have to find. I used to have three sets of encyclopedias which I constantly used. I’m down to two. And I still have all my atlases. Always have to see where a book is set, especially historical. A historical that is poorly researched is anathema to me. My current stinker: a Regentcy heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch. This reader vastly appreciates good research. Little nuggets like the soap…heaven!

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  149. It’s so wonderful to have the internet for research. I remember having to track down books when I (often) got a bug about something in a book. Once it was Fabrege Eggs. It took forever to find a book with not so great photos. Now a few clicks and all the info and beautiful photos I could ask for. Of course the more I look the more I have to find. I used to have three sets of encyclopedias which I constantly used. I’m down to two. And I still have all my atlases. Always have to see where a book is set, especially historical. A historical that is poorly researched is anathema to me. My current stinker: a Regentcy heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch. This reader vastly appreciates good research. Little nuggets like the soap…heaven!

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  150. It’s so wonderful to have the internet for research. I remember having to track down books when I (often) got a bug about something in a book. Once it was Fabrege Eggs. It took forever to find a book with not so great photos. Now a few clicks and all the info and beautiful photos I could ask for. Of course the more I look the more I have to find. I used to have three sets of encyclopedias which I constantly used. I’m down to two. And I still have all my atlases. Always have to see where a book is set, especially historical. A historical that is poorly researched is anathema to me. My current stinker: a Regentcy heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch. This reader vastly appreciates good research. Little nuggets like the soap…heaven!

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  151. Thanks, Susan. Of course the more I look the more I have to find
    Yes, that is the trap, isnt it? But for endlessly curious people like us, the internet and the availability of almost everything on line, is a constant joy.
    My current stinker: a Regency heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch.
    Gosh, that would be tricky enough to achieve today, let alone in the Regency.

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  152. Thanks, Susan. Of course the more I look the more I have to find
    Yes, that is the trap, isnt it? But for endlessly curious people like us, the internet and the availability of almost everything on line, is a constant joy.
    My current stinker: a Regency heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch.
    Gosh, that would be tricky enough to achieve today, let alone in the Regency.

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  153. Thanks, Susan. Of course the more I look the more I have to find
    Yes, that is the trap, isnt it? But for endlessly curious people like us, the internet and the availability of almost everything on line, is a constant joy.
    My current stinker: a Regency heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch.
    Gosh, that would be tricky enough to achieve today, let alone in the Regency.

    Reply
  154. Thanks, Susan. Of course the more I look the more I have to find
    Yes, that is the trap, isnt it? But for endlessly curious people like us, the internet and the availability of almost everything on line, is a constant joy.
    My current stinker: a Regency heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch.
    Gosh, that would be tricky enough to achieve today, let alone in the Regency.

    Reply
  155. Thanks, Susan. Of course the more I look the more I have to find
    Yes, that is the trap, isnt it? But for endlessly curious people like us, the internet and the availability of almost everything on line, is a constant joy.
    My current stinker: a Regency heroine who left London and was in Paris for lunch.
    Gosh, that would be tricky enough to achieve today, let alone in the Regency.

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  156. I applaud your choice. I’ve loved the scent of sandalwood sincw I was about 10 years old.My parents and I visited the home of a boy I knew from school. The boy was a stamp collector, and while he was showing me his stamps, he also introduced me to the scent of sandalwood – perhaps in soap. Every time I find a mention of sandalwood as the scent of a hero, I am trannsported back in time.

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  157. I applaud your choice. I’ve loved the scent of sandalwood sincw I was about 10 years old.My parents and I visited the home of a boy I knew from school. The boy was a stamp collector, and while he was showing me his stamps, he also introduced me to the scent of sandalwood – perhaps in soap. Every time I find a mention of sandalwood as the scent of a hero, I am trannsported back in time.

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  158. I applaud your choice. I’ve loved the scent of sandalwood sincw I was about 10 years old.My parents and I visited the home of a boy I knew from school. The boy was a stamp collector, and while he was showing me his stamps, he also introduced me to the scent of sandalwood – perhaps in soap. Every time I find a mention of sandalwood as the scent of a hero, I am trannsported back in time.

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  159. I applaud your choice. I’ve loved the scent of sandalwood sincw I was about 10 years old.My parents and I visited the home of a boy I knew from school. The boy was a stamp collector, and while he was showing me his stamps, he also introduced me to the scent of sandalwood – perhaps in soap. Every time I find a mention of sandalwood as the scent of a hero, I am trannsported back in time.

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  160. I applaud your choice. I’ve loved the scent of sandalwood sincw I was about 10 years old.My parents and I visited the home of a boy I knew from school. The boy was a stamp collector, and while he was showing me his stamps, he also introduced me to the scent of sandalwood – perhaps in soap. Every time I find a mention of sandalwood as the scent of a hero, I am trannsported back in time.

    Reply

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