Thursday, January 15, 2009

Where did the Time Go?

I've just realised it is over a week since I last did a post on here and I've no idea where the time has gone, except that it has probably gone by in a haze of going to work and getting home too tired to achieve much of anything except washing and ironing and a little cooking and cleaning.

I've been enjoying bits and pieces on TV and for once I sat and watched television on a Saturday night which is quite unusual for me. I've become engrossed by the wonderful John Adams on Channel 4. This is a brilliant series so far and I'm really enjoying it. This was followed by a new series on BBC 2, The Victorian Farm, made by the creators of the wonderful Tales from the Green Valley which I thoroughly enjoyed. This one looks as if it will be just as good - and I find that I'm interested in this series and relating it to my family history as it is fascinating to learn how people would have lived and worked through those times. Thirdly and again with family history in mind, having found out in the last couple of years that I have ancestors who moved from Fife and West Lothian into England in the early 19th century, is The History of Scotland again on BBC 2. This is fast moving and presented in a slightly frenetic way by Neil Oliver but it is completely captivating.

I've also been reading; in particular the last two Sunday Philosophy Club novels by Alexander McCall Smith, I loved the first three and ordered the two new ones from the library and have just enjoyed the first one of these 'The Careful Use of Compliments' - I love the gentle thoughfulness of these books and the wonderful descriptions of Edinburgh and in the one just read, of the scottish islands of Islay and Jura.

On Sunday we had a lovely visit from the son of a friend of old and his fiancee who stayed for lunch and told us of their wedding plans.

Last but not least I've been climbing in my family tree again and searching the newly released 1911 Census on line. I've found some interesting things which I'll no doubt report on later on Family Matters but for now I'm still assessing the information I've found.

For some reason I have been thinking a lot about the sea and the sand and walking on the beach and wondering if we will be able to get there this year - I hope we can.

The Beach at Nefyn, Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales, August 2006

So, all in all, it has been a quiet week of pottering with this and that, no walks or visits to speak of but hopefully, weather permitting, we will be able to rectify that this coming weekend.


  1. We've also been enjoying the Victorian Farm!
    I love reading your blog posts...they are very calming ;-)

  2. Sounds like rather a nice week actually: good TV shows, good books and good friends!

  3. Crickey, did you actually get on the 1911? You deserve a prize just for that. I did try but not a chance.
    Rosie x

  4. I am watching Victorian Farm also,such hard work!

    Your beach photograph looks lovely.It would be so nice to live near the sea. Take care and don't work too hard.

  5. Your Beach at Nefyn is a fabulous shot. Well done.

  6. I do hope The Victorian Farm comes across the pond. It sounds like something I would really enjoy. We did love John Adams and were quite hooked on it every week.

    Like you, I am once again beginning to long for the sea. I love to be seaside when it's cold.

  7. Sal, thanks not too calming, I hope ;)

    teresa - looking back it was quite a nice, quiet time:)

    Rosie - yes, I got on and found several things - I'd been registered on the site for a while - one set of my great grandparent are missing at the moment - have only looked at transcrips so far though:)

    acornmoon, thanks I'd love to live near the sea, too - I'm going to take it easy this weekend:)

    dave, thanks for you kind comment - it is one of my favourite beach photos.

    Pamela - hope you get to see the Victorian Farm - one of my lasting memories is of walking on a beach on a very very cold New Year's Day - it was wonderful:)

  8. A lovely post, as someone mentioned with good shows, friends and happy times. You're doing all the things that make me happy and content, though I would also throw in a few t.v. shows about overweight undisciplined dogs, and recalcitrant wives..and a walk along a Welsh beach at Nefyn? Heaven.

  9. I keep meaning to watch the Victorian Farm. I'll have to watch it next time it is on. I would like to get to the coast this year. I didn't get around to going at all last year! With regards to the comment you left on my blog, I am sure that you would be able to paint the flowers that I showed. Just have confidence in yourself and give it a go!

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