Today we tidied up the garden in preparation for winter. It was pretty warm all weekend but it must get colder soon. We made and ate chocolate brownies. I finished packing up some swaps to take to the Post Office tomorrow. I throughly depressed myself by watching My Boy Jack, which was all about Rudyard Kiplings son who died in the First World War. It reminded me of my great uncle who died. He was Private Alfred Mansel Young, South Wales Borderers. Died Monday 24h July 1916, age 21, and has no known grave.
He is standing at the back on the left, along with two unknown friends.
My love of family history has recently been replaced by a love of all things vintage. You name it, I’ve been buying it. I have Cath Kidston-ed our flat with tablecloths, tea towels, napkins, baskets and the like. I spent last weekend trawling antique shops on the Isle of Wight and found a beautiful 1950s child’s chair. Perfect for the garden we don’t quite have yet. I also have a few pieces of vintage furniture which need a lick of paint.
However, the launch of the 1841 Census has whet my appetite again, time to tackle those brick walls!
are bliss I took today off to do boring stuff, such as write an essay (‘analyse the impact of lesbian history on women’s history’ before you ask). Stuff that requires thought and concentration. However that can wait until tomorrow. Instead I did fun stuff – met the better half for lunch, went to see Americans in Paris at the National Gallery and bought a dress at my favourite shop, Cath Kidston.
I’ve been too busy to do much on my family tree lately. I’ve realised that I’m subscribed to 9 family history mailing lists so at least I still hear about important websites, programmes and books.
I have to moan about Ancestry. They sent me an emailing thanking them for signing up to a subscription which I hadn’t! They even took money out of my account which I hadn’t authorised. When I rang up to complain I didn’t get an apology from ‘Witney’, the delightful American I had to wait on hold for 13 minutes to speak to. Ancestry obviously think they rule the family history world. They won’t be getting my money for much longer.