Exciting time this week - I managed to throw away another two sheets of paper from the corner of the desk and one from off the floor!
I also went over to St Ives to finally meet Sue and her husband Rob. He's my second cousin once removed, and Sue & I have been emailing for a number of years. An excellent guided tour of the Hemingfords first, which included Common Lane .... a road where the only "common" thing is the grassy field at the end!
And then Sue let me loose on the photos ..... I love old photos, any old photos, but I particularly enjoy old photos of people to whom I am distantly related. Sheer joy, then, to finally see a decent photo of Albert (Dick) Culpin & his wife Florence (nee Measures) and their three daughters. And Henry (Bob) and his wife Grace.
And Sue & Rob were kind enough to give me the letter my grandfather wrote to Florence when her husband, his uncle, died. That's the first time I've ever seen his handwriting and it will be much treasured.
Oh, and, I had a (reasonably) close encounter with a bull. The family has a farm and the bull needed moving from one field to another. I volunteered to help and was equipped with a bit of blue plastic tubing and the instruction to make myself big. I understood entirely what was meant but wasn't really prepared for the size of the beast. Or the fact that he was a little bit frisky. And he spotted me.
Fear not, loyal reader, my hosts intervened before my safety was threatened but I would like to point out that this bull is, to use an agricultural term, a bit of a big b****r. Rob gently told me that, actually, the bull is only two-thirds of its adult size!
So, exhilarating. Certainly made my heart beat faster. But no experience is wasted and I shall know next time: keep out of the way! I had a lovely day and was made most welcome. I was drinking coffee yesterday when I got an email from Sue, with an attachment .... a picture of the bull! Coffee went everywhere as I laughed out loud.