Because I’ve done it again – made a mad decision to undertake a massive iPad project on the side, and made it extra hard, almost entirely on a whim (as usual), I’ve already made a start on the work.
Because I’m the only person
stupid enough who’s going to make this happen, and it’s an enormous task.
In making a beginning, I had to do some research, and I stumbled on the Seven Sutherland Sisters.* I’ve been lost in wonder for a full day or two now.
The Seven Sutherland Sisters were Victorian musical performers, who toured with Barnum’s circus, and crucial to their novel act was their extraordinarily long hair. Highly alluring in Victorian times, apparently. It’s all so fascinating in so many ways:
They ALL managed to grow their hair this long.
There were seven girls in one family.
They all look so miserable.
They could all sing?
How did they wash all that hair?
Who cleaned out the shower trap?**
Didn’t they all get neck ache?
As you can imagine, I’ve been going round and round pondering all this, but given that it all happened in the 1880s, in America, there are no answers. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that their Father, Fletcher Sutherland, ingeniously concocted a hair tonic, and sold it to the adoring masses, and became rather rich.
I’m showing you this now as a tease. I know, I know, I’m a big meanie. That’s why you love me. I want you to see all the others – 31 of them (oh my!) – in October, on Instagram/Twitter. But you’ll have to do the right thing and wait to see them over there. It’s going to be SO GOOD. You won’t want to miss it.
If you ask me nicely – possibly with cake as a bribe – I might relent and put them over here on my blog too.
*This sort of life enriching discovery is what the internet is for, in my opinion.
**Don’t think about it.