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9 October 2011 / leggypeggy

Our 17th Century Woman—Sarah

Sarah all done up for the Turkish night in Cappadocia.

For almost 16 years, Sarah has enjoyed playing the wench (and various other characters) in 17th century re-enactments in England. To be exact, she is in the Marquis of Newcastle’s Regiment, and attends at least three big functions each year. According to Sarah, it’s a great reason to get to dressed up in lots of finery and a fun way to meet people and learn more about British history.

Her interest in history doesn’t stop there. For the last seven years, she’s also been a keen volunteer for the National Trust, serving as a coordinator for week-long conservation projects around the country several times each year.

London-to-Sydney is her first long-term overland trip—in the past she’s done short overland jaunts around India, America, Central America and Australia. Obviously, she’s also traveled a lot in Europe.

Sarah is also treating this trip as an opportunity to make a big change in her life. She resigned from British Network Rail—after 20 years of service—and is still deciding what she’ll do next. We hope she’ll have time to pop down to Canberra for a few days. One thing is for sure, she’ll have to go home eventually to retrieve the cat that her mum and dad are looking after in her absence. As Sarah says, she’s a cat lover—with the scratches to prove it.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Oct 9 2011 11:57 am

    Hi Peggy and Sarah,
    Nice to meet you Sarah. If you come to Canberra, and you’re feeling cat deprived, you can come and meet Ebony and Zoe. Ebony is a Black Russian which, if you don’t know, is the same as a Blue Russian except that she’s jet black and Zoe is a Korat. This breed originated in Thailand and is said to be the only genuine pedigree breed of cat because it’s never been cross bred. I too am sporting scratches this morning; matching ones on each leg where Ebony had to balance.

    Peggy, I’m glad to see that everything still goes well. Same old same old in Canberra with yuck weather. Say ‘hello’ to Poor John for me too.

    Best wishes


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