The thaw is making some progress because we could open the back door for the first time for two weeks today. The concrete floor in the boiler room lifts up in very cold weather and jams the door shut. It is a great moment when we can get it open after a spell of frosty weather, although it seems quite likely that bit will be jammed again by Monday.
I had a fruitful day today. In the morning Bruce came to see me and we made some very good progress in organising railway pictures for the Heritage DVD. We have about 60 photos in hand which should be more than enough for even the keenest railway enthusiast, let alone the ordinary viewer.
After lunch, I took a generous donation to Archive Group funds, which I had received, round to Nancy, our treasurer and she told me that she and Bob had had some very tedious bureaucracy to go through before a planned trip to India. Their story made me even more glad to be of a stay at home turn of mind. I admire these people who dash off all over the world but I don’t envy them. They had been advised that they needed a passport photo for a visa so they sent one off. The tour organisers sent it back saying that the size required had changed and they could get the new size taken at Jessops. Off they went to Carlisle, only for the chap in Jessops to say that he didn’t do them in that size so that was a wasted journey. And all this is before the trip has even started. I take my courage in my hands if I go to Canonbie.
I didn’t have much time for the birds today and the light was very poor so I bumped the ISO up to an enormous number and the camera did wonders.
Siskins are less niger seed bound than the goldfinches..
and one of each on their own…
In the afternoon we met our B&B visitor for the weekend and Mike and Alison Tinker dropped in for a cup of tea and then in the evening I spent a little time hurting my head trying to create an index for my sister Susan’s family history site. This is a substantial exercise as she had details for about 60 direct ancestors and many more great aunts and uncles as well. They all have to be cross indexed so there is a great deal of fiddly work to be done. I am happy to say that I have produced a template and Susan is going to do all the detailed work.
I expect to hear that she has finished sometime in the summer!