Another gorgeous day of sunshine and showers...it was so warm that I went out into the front garden to tidy the flower bed under the windows. It had more clumps of Cleavers and Nettles than flowers...and two of those monster thistles with extremely prickly leaves...I cut those off at earth level with a kitchen knife before tackling the roots.

And a varied assortment of snails all lurking underneath every leaf which found themselves sailing through the air to land with a thud under the Fuschia bush where they'll no doubt be found by early morning blackbirds...

When the sky grew black and the rain fell down, I did some more on Ancestry and then found a freebie site which has the passenger lists for emigrants to America dating back to 1820...oh goody, I thought. Most of the lists begin in 1892 which is far too late to find some people. Well, you should see the lists...when it says they date back to 1820 they really aren't kidding...there are hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of records...beginning with four or five passengers sailing to America as merchants when the lists began...right down to the hundreds of passengers on one ship out of a fleet of ships sailing away to new lives.

And they come as a downloadable PDF which is fine...not a problem...but you can't begin in the middle or near the end or pick out a likely year. You have to wade your way through the entire lot to hopefully find one person who might well have decided to change their name the minute they stepped on board or the bloke filling out the manifest ( 'cos passengers were called ships manifest years ago) couldn't spell for toffee and couldn't write very well either.

So I'm no further forward with finding the people I'm looking for...it's incredibly frustrating when you know they are there...you know where they lived and you know where they moved to and yet they've dodged under the radar and seemingly avoided census forms and such like.

I'm going to squash some Chinese garlic grown in poo and might be back in a little while...