We needed more bird food so we went into Roscommon town this morning and availed of the 10% off day at Heatons for pensioners 'cos Himself needed shoes for outside jobs and slippers for indoors...one of the reasons his slippers wear out so quickly is because he wears them to get the coal in and that sort of thing...though I suppose everyone is guilty of that. I bought a pair of brighlty coloured baggy trousers...look as though someone has tipped different coloured paint all over them...they already had five euro off the price then the 10% so they were very cheap and cheerful.

The Hospice charity shop had two big boxes of books on the floor which they were giving away simply because they don't have the room for them...I found four books I'd not read before...all in excellent condition...and gave the lady serving the usual price for them because I'd have felt guilty otherwise! She said not to...I said please take it...she said they are supposed to be free so please go and have another look and find some more...we went on like that for a while and then I went back to the car....

I went into Frances's after that and bought two zips because I've never attempted putting a zip into anything and it's about time I learned how...

Didn't want to spend anymore money because I've decided to get another tall kitchen cabinet...I'm still short of storage space in spite of getting the cabinets last year and with a bit of luck, and a back wind, another tall cabinet with shelves will just about squeeze in.

Himself has spent the afternoon taking the sheet of tin off our main gate into the yard...we had to have everything sealed off from the road 'cos when the dogs were younger and more able they'd simply leap over the top and chase innocent passers by...but they're old and stiff in their joints now. Jonathan has just taken some of his cows past and Eilis just stood and looked at them and made no attempt to get through the gate...

I haven't done anything with family trees today...but spent ages reading through the Criminal Registers again and found a William Francis who was described as 'an incorrigible rogue and vagabond'...doesn't that paint a wonderful picture! He was sentenced to a day in prison...but a man accused of 'attempting to commit an unnatural act' was given a month in prison...I'd love to know what the 'unnatural act' was...the only sentence of death I found, was on a man who had killed his wife, so he probably deserved it. At least by 1874 they'd stopped hanging people for sheep stealing.