Haven't done much today actually...painted a couple of the shelves Himself has taken down from my shed...they are so much easier to paint while not in situ...and they all have to come down for the lining to go up. Moved some more bits into Reuben and T's shed...filled the washing machine and totally forgot to put it on...can't have it running in the evenings 'cos it rattles and bangs and sounds as though it's virtually on deaths door...which it probably is, being past it's guarantee date by at least two years...
It kept raining as well...short sharp showers which sent us scurrying for cover then the sun would come out again and it was really warm...apart from when it was raining when the temperature dropped by twenty degrees...or it felt like it.
Had half an hour on Ancestry...and found a poor soul who died from gangrene...that was way back in Massachusetts in 1676...his name was Hezekiah and he had eighteen children...I had an attack of the horrors at the thought of birthing eighteen children...but they all survived childhood, which was a miracle in itself for those days.
Hezekiah was a relative by marriage so maybe he doesn't count really...though I add all those people regardless. I'd miss interesting stories otherwise. And I'd hate to do that!
Lurched backwards to the time of the Black Death...now that decimated the population of Europe and caused a knock on effect in the way farming and husbandry was carried out...but many of my people appear to have escaped...quite a few are said to have lived until their fifties and there were a couple who were in their seventies when they finally expired...of course they may well have died of the Black Death...there is little in the way of records to give the cause of death...unless you died in battle or were executed. Then there are extensive records available.
It does fascinate me how much is available on-line...imagine how long it would take to go back as far as the 1100's without the internet...hour upon hour trawling through ancient tomes in a library...
Now a click here and there gives me almost more information than it's possible to deal with...
The Wood Pigeons are cooing...don't know where they'll nest this year because their favourite tree fell into the river and was washed away...don't much care really...they aren't the nicest of birds, having the habit of stealing and eating little birds eggs...Himself has taken the door down which was blocking off the bigger barn...the swallows will be back soon and they like to nest in there. They swoop overhead and become quite distressed if they think you are too close to their nests...
The other barn...the one where the donkeys spend the winter...is rather like a housing estate for swallows...there are nests everywhere...on the beams overhead and glued precariously to the walls...jammed up tight under the roofing felt and right over the door...some people knock the nests down or put mirrors up to try to confuse the birds...others hang streamers under upstairs windows...I think it is a privilege to have those swallows come back year after year and we welcome them...they do make a bit of a mess but isn't that a small price to pay to have them nest and rear their young in and around your home...
But people are odd and times are strange...