Well, what a fabulous day I had on Saturday!!
This was lunch with my "new" cousins, in Reading. A simple journey, down to London, round to Paddington and then the train to Reading. A good lunch with the cousins and my sister, laughs and discovering some surprising similarities. Then home again, sister and I in opposite directions but still hit by the same mini-tornado which seemed to cross southern England late Saturday afternoon. My train was stopped in driving rain and very strong winds, when the overhead power tripped out, and sister's train by the more prosaic "tree across the line". Good ol' Mother Nature. Didn't spoil the day, though, so that's fine.
Finding the new cousins was the result of ....well, sheer bloody-mindedness on my part really; which is what we all need as genealogists (although we dress it up as "persistence" to be polite!) I'm still in "check, check, check" mode and am updating my database to my somewhat-more-exact standards; more exact, that is, than when I started this hobby/obsession about 20 years ago. And, of course, the software is so much better and can record things in a much more useful way.
I'm lucky that one side of my family comes from my neck of the woods so I have access to local newspapers as well as the records office; therefore I have a number of funeral reports, and a couple of marriages too, which give some wonderful lists of names of the attendees. All good stuff!
So, back to the checking.