Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Family Tree

Hot news from the genealogy expert of the family.Thats Cousin Donna by the way.
With some help  from some fellow history seekers she has now traced one line of our family tree back to the year 970.How amazing is that!
The year 970 sees us in France with the Jocelyn line coming over the water to England in the 1100's. They settled in two main areas Devon and Essex. So I can truly call myself an Essex girl. Not that there was any doubt in that.
I would love to be able to spend some time with her working on this and starting up some research of my own on my Dads family and also the Sargeant line but circumstances are against us at the moment. Small children, work etc. Since she has printer issues atm she is hand copying the tree and is a bit bogged down in the 15th and 16th century where everyone seems to have at least 10 children.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Weekend Wish List

Prompted by the wonderful Maisy I have written a weekend wish list. It remains in the lap of the gods whether any,some or all of it gets achieved. Since the last couple of weekends we seemed to have done nothing but eat out we will not be doing any of that hopefully as it is not good for the attempt at healthy eating (to try and lose weight)
So this weekend I hope to
  • Keep up with my 'at least 30 minutes a day exercises.Since Christmas I have been pretty good at this only missing a couple of days.
  • Practise a bit of belly dancing. Had my second lesson this week and now have some music to practise to.I am not sure that I will ever be any good at it but I intend to have good fun trying.
  • Make sure ironing and housework are up to date so when I go back to work on Monday I can forget about it.(Not my favourite thing in the world to do)
  • Help my son and his fiancee move some of their stuff
  • Cut out at least one Clothkit skirt (I bought two) 

On the subject of Clothkits. What a blast from the past. I remember wonderful jackets and dresses when the kids were small. Always such interesting fabrics and excellent quality. Recently purchased and completed a skirt so thought I would order it in another colour. Also added a skirt which was on sale. Very excited when parcel arrived.They are always packaged beautifully too. Very disapointed when there was only one skirt in the parcel. Going on recent experience with other companies my heart sank as I thought I was going to be on to a row with Clothkits. I was so pleasantly surprised when I phoned and immediately spoke to a real person who was so friendly and helpful . My skirt was sitting on the side and they had all been wondering whose it was. It was posted on immediately and I have recieved it safely. Full marks to Clothkits for customer service

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Happy New Year

A bit late I know but finally got round to a blog post. Christmas came and went. Phil worked on Christmas day and then on Boxing day we went to the Plum Pudding meeting at Mallory park.Having had some snow before Christmas we were not sure whether the meeting would go ahead but most of the snow cleared and the weather was not too bad. The sidecar outfit of the Westons was the most interesting thing there and although we enjoyed it there were just not enough classic machinery to hold our interest so next year, unless we get info to the contrary , we will probably give it a miss.  Another down point is the food available at the track which leaves an awful lot to be desired.Enough said.

The person sitting in the background looking a bit sick is Weston jnr. If you had seen this outfit race you would appreciate his concern. The most entertaining thing to watch.

And then it snowed, and snowed and snowed. Hard to remember when we had so much snow and it stayed around for so long. Had a couple of half days off work but school stayed open as much as possible.
Phils birthday was on the 13th and after having his swine flu jab Peter and Jessica joined us for a meal at Hoyzen which is always a real treat. As it is only at the other end of the village we decided to walk.Lots of laying snow and it continued to snow fairly heavily while we were in there. On the way home we stopped at the pub and there we stayed for another couple of hours.

The next day we  were back here to meet up with our daughter and her fiancee Jake. Haven't seen Jen for a long time and had never met Jake before. Another very pleasant few hours and then back home for a bit before heading out for an Indian meal with them. Finished off what Phil described as one of his best birthday's ever.