Torn between the archives and the great outdoors

20 May

I never have been any good at decision making, and now I can’t decide whether to go to the Hampshire Record Office or spend the day walking, enjoying the sunshine that is forecast.

I had planned to go to Winchester this Saturday, but as this looks like the best day of the bank holiday weekend in terms of weather it seems a shame to waste it indoors. For a change I am pretty much ready to go to the Hampshire Record Office, I know what I want to find out and there is no engineering work on the railway (which is unusual for a bank holiday weekend!)

Pulling me in the opposite direction are the fields and hedgerows, the hills and valleys, the churchyards and gravestones, but most of all the thought of spending some time on my own, going where I like. Just me, a map, my walking boots and enough money for a pub lunch.

Perhaps it’s living with the British weather that does this? Does something deep inside me make me feel the need to seize the opportunity and get out into the countryside and enjoy the sunshine because it might be the last chance I get this year (which is silly because summer is just around the corner).

I wonder if my ancestors ever had this much trouble making decisions?

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2 Responses to “Torn between the archives and the great outdoors”

  1. Alex May 21, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    Our ancestors wouldn’t have had so much free time to make decisions about! Unless yours were much posher than mine, of course….Head out in the sunshine, it’s been a rubbish winter from what I hear so definitely time to embrace the outdoors.

  2. wanderinggenealogist May 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Mine were definitely not posh! Pretty much labourers throughout. It was quite a gloomy winter, but it was good to have some proper cold weather and some real snow (rather than the wet slushy kind) for a change. The forecast looks good for the whole weekend now, so I will probably do my walking on Monday now instead and spend Saturday in an archive somewhere.

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