I would have loved to have been witness to the ‘almost ensanguined scramble for tucker and beer’ at that particular Hawkesbury picnic. Ensanguined means to cover or stain with blood. The year of this undignified rush for sustenance was 1897 and I can just imagine women and men dressed in their period finery jostling for position at the table. A shivoo is a party or a celebration. Lord Brassey’s shivoo needed to have detectives tracking the silver so it sounds as though no matter your station in life there are always ferals ready to crash your party.