The downside of the conference? Well, it was the market place of course! It tempted me, seduced me and persuaded me to part with my money. I bought patterns, polished cotton and even a cage crinoline kit. And it brought me disappointment. Why did that lady have to buy the bonnet I had fallen in love with? Why couldn't she see the longing in my eyes? I have never known such disappointment as I felt in those few minutes. And then further disappointment - no matter what Robert Land showed me from his shoe collection, none of them fit. My feet are short and broad - not a good combination.
Would I go again? Yes. Is it probable that I will go again? No, not unless someone invites me to present a talk or teach a workshop and someone else helps to fundraise my travel costs. And, my knowledge is more of Australia in the 1860s - though maybe some of the US attendees might be interested in knowing what was happening in Australia while the US was having its Civil War?
|Cage Crinoline Kit from Wooded Hamlet|