The weather forecast for Sussex Day is looking good, and I am shocked that for once the weather appears to be in my favour. So all being well tomorrow I will spend the day walking in Sussex. Of course I am a bit disappointed not to be spending time in the archive, but that can be saved for another day, and at the moment I would much rather be out enjoying the sunshine.
I haven’t decided exactly where I shall be walking yet, but the current favourite at the moment seems to be to head for Mid-Sussex, around Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint, and then head south from there, possibly following the Mid Sussex Link for a while, following the border between East and West Sussex, maybe all the way down to the coast.
So long as the weather stays fine, like the forecasters promise, I don’t really mind where I go. I barely have to step outside my front door to find ancestral connections, so it would be nice to include my ancestors in the walk as well. Now, I just need to pull out a couple of maps, and find out where I put the bus timetable (I think it ended up in the “crate of shame”) because I don’t want to miss the last bus home from wherever I end up!
It has been another beautiful day here in Sussex, I don’t think I saw a single cloud in the sky. I am quite glad I was not out walking in the sun today! I had to go down to Brighton to get some shopping in the morning (before it got too busy).
I couldn’t resist a visit to the Brighton History Centre whilst I was down there. I spent a while scrolling through newspapers on microfilm trying to find some mention of the death of Abraham KINGHORN.
Abraham was the son of my 3x great grandparents Thomas and Isabella KINGHORN, and he died in the Brighton Registration District in Q1 1886 aged only 30. I felt sure the fact that he was only 30 years old when he died might have made the newspapers, but so far I have been unable to find a mention. It looks like I need to order a death certificate, to find out the story behind his early death.
Today I also ordered a couple of certificates, Harriet WRAIGHT’s (or WRIGHT) birth and William GEERING and Emily GREEN’s marriage). Hopefully they should enable me to finally complete the list of my 3x great grandparents.
I also made a start on one of the books in my to be read pile, London: A Social History by Roy Porter. This is of course background reading for my Thomas KINGHORN research, but also an attempt to learn more about our capital city, about which I know shamefully little.
Another working week draws to a close, and what a beautiful day it has been, bright and sunny most of the day, the weather forecast for the weekend is much the same.
I have already done my fair share of walking this week (over 40 miles) so I shall probably take it easy this weekend and I have no research trips planned either, so definitely a weekend for staying at home and enjoying the sun in the garden.
I have a pile of books (in fact several piles, much to my wife’s annoyance) that are waiting to be read. I have just returned two books to the library, one I have finished (and need to try and get my own copy) and the other I barely started, but rather that keep renewing it, I have admitted defeat and returned it. I really want to read it, but I have so many others waiting as well that I will come back to it at a later date.
Then there are all the ebooks and pdfs on my PC that I need to read, they will have to wait (until it rains) because I can’t sit out in the garden with a cold drink and enjoy the sunshine with them quite so easy.
All that being said I’m sure something will get in the way of my plans, I will probably get distracted by something else, but it is nice to pretend that I have my weekend planned out!