Pleased to learn that my One Place Studies article for Discover Your Ancestors periodical is now available. Other good news for family and local historians is the plan by Find My Past to make the 1939 register available. This was the list compiled at the outbreak of the second world war, in order to facilitate making identity cards available and organise rationing.
We recently spent an enjoyable day at Dorset Family History Society’s Fair, in company with a party from Devon Family History Society. Young Edward’s early arrival made it possible for us to attend and therefore we could save money by having a self-drive mini-bus with Chris as driver. When he went to collect the vehicle, the day before our trip, he was disconcerted to be told that he was too old! As he is only just the wrong side of retirement age this was a bit of a shock and of course meant that we had no way of getting our party to Dorset. Fortunately a few phone calls to the insurance company rectified the issue and we drove away with our vehicle of choice.
A couple of days entertaining school children in the seventeenth century and a talk to Devon Family History Society in Plymouth this week. As we draw up at the Plymouth church where Mistress Agnes is on the bill, the premises is suddenly surrounded with vehicles sporting blue flashing lights on their roofs. There seems to be some form of raid going on. Has someone reported strange folk loose in Plymouth in seventeenth century garb? I am relieved that we are lacking any unusual herbs, swords or guns amongst our props. Later Chris collects fish and chips from the nearby take-away without the proprietors blinking an eye. Does this say something about the residents of Plymouth perhaps? I do wonder if the particularly generous portions of chips owed anything to the period clothing. Either they were impressed or keen to get rid of him!
The building work is coming to an end, just leaving me with a lifetime of painting to do. A couple of minor snags. Butler sinks are clearly designed for ornament not use. Mine does not have a plug. Surely I cannot be the only person who wants a sink to hold water? Is that not a definition of a sink? I point this out to the representative from the prominent DIY chain who supplied the kitchen. They agree that I can purchase a plug, which bizarrely they do not stock, at their expense. Then there is the issue of the free washing machine that was part of the deal. This did not arrive when it should, with the rest of the kitchen. Several phone calls later and a delivery date is arranged. An integral washing machine arrives on my doorstep. ‘No’, I say. ‘I am expecting a free standing washing machine’. After all my kitchen has been designed and there is clearly no space for an integral machine. The integral washing machine is on its way back to the depot and I chase up its replacement. Ah, it seems the free offer was for an integral washing machine only. This has not been made clear. Where am I to put an integral appliance? This saga is ongoing, watch this space.
A slightly greater hitch on the snagging list is the fact that a sharp shower has revealed that there are two major leaks in the conservatory. One involves rain rushing in under the lead flashing and pouring ferociously down between the old wall and the plasterboard, finding its way out round the window frame and on to the floor. Another downpour and my beautifully plaster boarded conservatory will lack a wall. The builders are on track to come and solve this – hopefully before the rainy season sets in.
Be warned good folk that I am taking part in the annual A to Z blogging challenge. This means that almost every day in April will be taken up with blogging my way through the alphabet. I am yet to finalise my theme for this but I promise that it will be historical.