It's been hot...not mild or warm but seriously hot...so I sat under the apple tree in the shade...plugged into a portable oxygen tank and surrounded by wool and crochet hooks.
But I did read a little of The Thornbirds, only because I was desperate to find out if ever Meggie and Father Ralph did ever get to sleep together...and they did, so I could heave a sigh of relief...honestly that book has me in bits so it does...and I'm reading it on Kindle so I can't rifle through the end pages either. Now I can settle down and enjoy the rest of the story.
Only a short stint on Ancestry today because some bright spark had decided one of the kings of Ireland had been born in Australia and it sort of put me off...then another person stated confidently that a relative of mine had died in battle with the Danes in Dublin when he did no such thing. Cromwell's troops all but destroyed his grave marker though...it was a Celtic Cross on a plinth...they knocked it over and broke it. Vandals.
He was the king of Leinster...Dermot( Diarmait) Mac Donnchada Mac Murchada...1110-1171...and he had two wives at once because that was allowed then. His story is so involved and complicated that I think I'll just copy what is written about him on Wikipedia...
My eyes begin to cross when I start reading about treaties and such like...there were so many people involved and it all becomes a bit of a muddle...
There's another chap, whose name totally escapes me now, who was the first Mayor of New York when New York was a huddle of houses and unpaved roads...he also has a long and involved life story of wheeling and dealing...he's from another branch of the family though and isn't related to the king...but he was a member of a religious sect who called themselves The Angels...they went to Holland first to escape persecution in England ...then went back to England again and sailed for America on the tail end of the fleet that sailed with the Mayflower...
I'm not going to put the family history in strict order...I think I'll begin with those whose stories I know well and add others as and when I come across them. Thank heavens that many are the subject of a Wikipedia page...makes life much easier and there are always plenty of end-notes to follow up in detail if you wish.
Thank you to John and Bernie for your suggestions on how to go about it...new ink is probably going to be the very first step!