5 things

Sep. 20th, 2010 05:11 pm
arkessian: (numbers)
1. I'm just back from a lovely stay in Pembrokeshire. If you've a hankering for luxury (for which somebody else is willing to pay), and a burning need/desire to go to Pembrokeshire, I thoroughly recommend The Grove at Narberth especially if you can get a last-minute deal. They even loaned me a pair of bright pink Hunter Wellies for a day to go traipsing around graveyards. I would have been quite happy to stay there longer, but the cat and the Lodger's bank balance would have been less enthusiastic.

2. Graves in Welsh are quite difficult to read, but I made significant headway in sorting out my Pembrokeshire ancestry. It doesn't help that there are a lot of people with the surnames James and John in Llanfairnantygof and Little Newcastle, but I have managed to establish that I am related to a very famous Mormon and a man who was tried for treason but acquitted of helping the French invade Haverford West in 1797. Both of whom lived in the village where the apparently-infamous pirate Barti Ddu (Black Bart) was born. (No, I'd never heard of him either, and I'm a day late to talk like a pirate, but still...)

3. I have stripped the tomato plants, including all the greenies (which are now ripening in a paper bag in the dark with a couple of bananas), and harvested the remaining chillies, peppers and aubergines. Tomorrow I will take custody of a loaned preserving pan to make chutney, which I will bottle in a set of lovely proper Kilner jars which I was given free gratis and for nothing today. I do like being part of a community.

4. Still mulling over the e-reader choice. I don't have much use for a mobile phone -- I have a handset for emergencies that is so old it doesn't even have a camera, used on a pay-as-you-go basis, and have to remember to make one call every six months to avoid losing the credit loaded onto it -- so an iphone isn't really a cost-effective choice. I'm tending towards the Sony but will wait until the new one comes out to make a final decision.

5. Where has the year gone? It's late September already!

arkessian: (Bright lights big city)
1. Had a good day out in London yesterday: research at the Society of Genealogists — not hugely successful except in proving some negatives (e.g. xxx was not baptised in the Parish Church, so I need to look for him in non-conformist records etc) — followed by excellent tapas and talk with [personal profile] oursin. And when I got home, I found that the lodger had spontaneously done this week's housework. So, actually, an excellent day.

2. The hedge is planted. In the end, there wasn't room for all the plants I wanted, so no beech or hazel as I plumped for colorful over ordinary. All I have to do now is feed it and water it and trim it hard in September and next year it will be a thing of beauty.

3. My car passed its MOT, which the garage spontaneously decided not to charge me for, as I'm "such a good customer."

4. There is no four.

arkessian: (numbers)
1. The lodger has gone to his other residence and the cat is not happy.
2. Microsoft Access VBA stinks. I'm just saying. Why does Me.Parent.Recalc not work....
3. Enquiring minds wish to know how long it is impossible to sleep on your left side after a swine-flu jab.
4. It is wintry outside... Goulash for dinner.
5. Five is conjectured to be the only odd untouchable number and if this is the case then five will be the only odd prime number that is not the base of an aliquot tree.