We went to the Farmers market in Boyle this morning to make certain of our weekly treat of incredibly sticky Chelsea buns from the nice man who gets up at three in the morning to bake the breads and cakes...

The stall which sells herbs, also has huge bunches of fresh flowers from their garden...today they were Delphiniums and whyever I didn't buy some I don't know because they aren't expensive in the least and they were absolutely gorgeous...slugs ate my plant right down to the ground...just left a bit of stalk. It's struggling to come back again but will never reach the dizzy heights of the lovely ones on the stall.

Then I went and chose some fat Apricots and black Cherries from the organic fruit and veg man...the Apricots I bought last week were delicous and we ate the Cherries all at once. He doesn't mind in the slightest if you root about to find the nicest ones...though there was a small girl in front of me man-handling the Apricots so I caught her eye and glared...she went and stood beside her Grandma then. Can't be doing with un-supervised small people poking grubby fingers into soft fruit. They had a little white dog with them who sniffed Millies bottom...

While Himself took Millie to the park I went to the library and had a nice chat with Patricia the librarian and then found some thrillers I hope I haven't already read because that's plain infuriating...and an interesting book about the 15th c artist Albrecht Durer...his Mother had eighteen sons...only three survived to adulthood. I've always been drawn to Durers paintings so it was a pleasure to find a book devoted to him alone.

When we came home and I checked my e-mails, I found one from a woman on Ancestry whose Gt Grandmother married one of my Gt Gt Uncles brothers...a proper sort of a relative then!

Then, while I was spending my hour on Ancestry, I found a man who I thought was a relative...but I think he just had the same name actually...he was found not guilty of sheep-stealing in 1820...but...a girl of eighteen at the same Assizes was sentenced to death for house burglary. And a small group of other men were found guilty of sheep-stealing and also sentenced to death...cruel justice. That was at the Lent Assizes...they were held five times a year...Michelmas was another and now the names of the others escape me. You'd have languished in a stinking prison cell until such time the Assizes were held...

I try to limit Ancestry time simply because if I don't, then it's all too easy to be reading all manner of records for hours when I could be doing something useful.

The patchwork cushion cover I'd cut out out yesterday is causing problems...it's a nine patch block and I didn't have quite enough of the main colour, so now it's a bit skew wiffy though I think it'd be un-noticeable unless you peered at it closely...that's what I'm telling myself anyway...

Bobby...the Border Collie...is getting very stiff in his legs...so I bought him some Glucosamine tablets today. And he's having a tin of sardines mixed in with his tea. The tablets are enormous...intended for humans but a third of the price of the vets prescription and exactly the same content. So I looked at Bobby and he looked at me and I stuffed this huge tablet as far down his throat as I could and he gulped and it was gone...he had a Bonio as a reward.

The chemist in Boyle concentrates on herbals and supplements and my mind begins to whirl round when I see row after row of everything for any ailment known to man and a few no-ones thought of yet. Elderberry tablets to 'boost your Vit C levels'...I had a look at those and they were horribly expensive when you could have a glass of fresh orange juice for a fraction of the price.

Bobby was hit by a car when he was young and his then owner didn't bother to take him to the vet to have it put in a cast...it's that leg which is the most stiff and he's finding it difficult to get up...mind you...he isn't so stiff in his legs that it stops him from chasing next doors manky old cat if he sees it on the road.

The sun has finally come out when we're too tired to appreciate it...away to make the supper now and then I'm going to read one of the library books...