On day two of our recent visit to Sovereign Hill, (Ballarat) we were provided with period costume which we would wear not only for a photograph, but for the rest of the day. We were advised that when in ‘character’ walking around the street there were certain rules we should obey. We must not be in possession of a mobile phone or wear a watch (unless it was a fob) as we were entering the 1850’s.You will note from the picture attached that Jacqui and I are holding our reticule on our arms. We were given specific instructions about this little bag. Inside we could carry our personal bits and pieces, a handkerchief and purse. We could keep our mobile phone in our reticule as long as it was switched to silent.
“Be sure your sins will find you out.” was often quoted when I was a child especially when we were being coerced into being obedient or when some incident had revealed our wrongdoing. It was day three and we were sitting on a bench in the main street of Sovereign HIll when someone got caught out. By then we were back in our jeans and sneakers and thanking God for emancipation. A lovely, elderly lady came up to us and chatted she looked so elegant in her outfit with a beautiful bonnet over her day-cap, which was trimmed with frills and flowers. We talked for a while about our experiences of the previous day when all of sudden there was a tinkle of a telephone coming from her reticule. With the sweetest smile and without stopping for breath she nonchalantly said. “Oh dear, I seem to have a canary in my bag.” We burst into laughter it was so funny and such a novel response.
By the way the Bible verse used to put the fear of God into us was misquoted. Moses was actually saying “be sure you sin (singular) will find you out” in other words if you don’t keep your promise you may one day live to regret it. (Numbers 32:23)
Me, Doug and Jacqui