in the 1700s and 1800s and there were people with the same unusual name going back even further (being buried in the very early 1600s).
I’m sure we will never be sure where they lived (other than the ones who owned one of the village pubs) but there is a distinct possibility that at least one of my ancestors stepped foot inside our current home at some point. I know they were in the church I attend as we have many baptisms, marriages and burials in the parish church (and some remaining gravestones in the cemetery too).
I know it’s pushing the boundaries of imagination but I wonder if any of my ancestors helped carry the huge storage jar/pot from the 1600s from which we found part of a handle… 1 week ago
but a bit disappointing.
We only had 1 day with the diggers and archaeologist and the wall we found made all excavation incredibly slow.
What we found even down to 75cm (2 1/2 feet) was a jumble of thrown back mixed debris around and under the 20th century greenhouse wall. We had 20th century pot near clay pipe shards and a handle of what is probably a 16th century pot (about 100 years older than we think the house is).
The finds will be kept separate from other test pits then shown to the county archaeologists before being displayed in an exhibition in the village hall later this year.
As our finds belong to us and none are considered ‘treasure’ we can then claim any for ourselves with all other pieces being retained in the county archives and periodically shown in exhibitions.
They could have gone down up to another 2 feet (60cm) and found a similar jumble of finds so they thought so it wasn’t worth digging a second day.
Under that could have been anything. We know that there are both Roman and Saxon remains in the village (including a saxon cemetery 5 minutes walk away) but what we were hoping to find was the extent of the village at different dates. Even absence of finds of a certain period at depth would have told a story.
Shame but exciting to have had a dig in our back garden. :D 1 week ago
Yes today a 1m x 1m test pit is being dug in my back garden.
It is part of a heritage project to find out more about the ancient village I live in. We live in a 400 year old house on the edge of the old village so it will be interesting to see if we can find out when this part of the village was first inhabited.
So far we have found a wall. Nothing exciting I’m afraid as it’s a single course of bricks from a 20th century greenhouse! The pit is now 20cm deep and is going down layer by layer. I’ll update you when I have more info and possibly add pics too 2 weeks ago
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time to write anything much on here.
In the past couple of months he has developed so much. His personality is really coming through now too and in two weeks he’ll be one. Where has the time gone?
Right now his verbal communication is perhaps behind where some are as is his mobility but he had developed excellent hand-eye coordination many months ahead of many of the other babies we meet up with. This is still one of his strong points.
Over the past couple of weeks he has started chattering away. He can only really say bear (“Beh”) and repeats it over and over but is now experimenting with a few other sounds too but nothing regularly repeated.
He has also started to be on the move too. He’s been rolling and spinning for months now taking great care to see where he needs to go and adjusting his rolls and tummy spins accordingly. I can see this takes a lot of concentration and I’m really pleased that he’s using his brain and analysing what he needs to do rather than just crawl and work his way over there. In the past week he’s just started going forwards on his tummy commando style (getting a carpet burn on the way one day at nursery when he’d gone through all his vests and only wore a t-shirt). He’s fast enough now we’re having to use a stairgate to stop him getting into the utility room. For those who know me yes we have got cat holes cut into them so our super lazy 9 year indoor old cats can walk through as they simply refuse to jump over them even if there’s treats on the other side.
He can’t crawl yet as he wants to move both knees together and both hands too. This usually ends up with him face first in the carpet. Oh well.
He is also really strong and if we hold his hands he can walk a few steps. He can’t yet pull himself up but if we help him up he can hold onto the end of his cot for ages bouncing and dancing but remaining upright for ages.
I wonder if he’ll walk and never crawl? 2 weeks ago
She’s just hiding it appears.
I don’t know who deleted (it wasn’t someone I subscribed to but I don’t subscribe to tons of people as I just don’t have the time to follow those I do subscribe to) 3 weeks ago
Great that you enjoy spending time together. 3 weeks ago
Really glad you’re impatient, excited and nervous. I hope it’s as good as you hope it will be TJ. 1 month ago
We have found these are great. Well some are fantastic others are a bit badly done.
We have the Beatles, Muse and Tool ones. All are great lullabies that are really easy to hum along to.
The website lets you listen to them and I think they are also on Spotify. 1 month ago
I am now down 40.8 lbs (that’s about 18.5 kg) on 1 Jan 2010.
Definitely moving in the right direction :)
My BMI is also down to 25.0 too which is getting healthier all the time. 1 month ago
Lovely temperament breed.
We wouldn’t pay that kind of money for a kitten so we found some adults that needed a new home.
Hope Newton brings you lots of laughs and love.
That is such good news my dear Phensy. I hope that you and the missus have a great time up to the birth, doing things on your bucket list you won’t get time for afterwards.
And two?? WOW.Twins :)
Oh me oh my indeed!
I’m sure that with your emotional maturity and knack for taking the serious side of life (not!) you’ll have a great time and raise a couple of happy and fun loving little ones.
It will give you every opportunity to continue showing and nurturing your inner child :-D
Kisses to your missus
xx 2 months ago
I have been ill for over 20 years now and have spent time in a neurological hospital and had many outpatient appointments. I was misdiagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis nearly 20 years ago and another consultant tried to rediagnose it less than 2 years ago. I’ve also had to suffer the indignity of psychiatric and psychological examinations in case I was just a malingerer without any real problem.
Yesterday I was diagnosed with EDS through the UK’s top rheumatology specialist in hypermobility. This was a 2nd opinion – the first one (a local rheumatology consultant) told me that I wasn’t hypermobile and to have more energy I should stop being a vegetarian and eat more meat and fish! Also everything the first consultant said I didn’t have the top specialist said I did! I know who I trust more.
This all came about because of my physiotherapist who thought I had some collagen problem and that my fatigue could be caused by hypermobility syndrome (which can be caused by a number of conditions including EDS).
This diagnosis is quite unexpected as after all this time I thought it would never happen.
It also covers such a wide range of things happening since I was a kid. Most people had thought I was one of the most unlucky people out there with so many different medical things going wrong. Now most of these seemingly random things are tied together and all I have remaining are a few things (PCOS with pre-diabetes, asthma, eczema) that are left over.
I’m a bit shellshocked that he came to a diagnosis so quickly and definitively.
Let’s see where this leads me… 2 months ago
I’ve been trying to teach Isaac baby sign language for a few months now but not had any success. He’s a happy baby and we usually understand each other well. Perhaps there’s been no need for signs.
Today was different. He’s not been in the best of moods and cried a lot during lunch. He’s been teething again recently and so I thought it was this. Kept trying small amounts then having cuddles and also gave him some medicine. Still no success.
Then I caught his arm lying on the high chair table with his hand moving and doing the sign for milk (or at least a close approximation of it). I rushed off to get a bottle made up and gave it to him. He doesn’t normally have milk with meals and doesn’t really like milk much but he definitely wanted it today. The whole bottle was demolished! And I had a happy baby again.
Hurrah for baby signing.
Certainly a cure for frustrated babies who can’t communicate through speech.
Clever little boy :) 2 months ago
A real role model we want Isaac to have. We respect him so much that we gave Isaac his name as a middle name. Isaac Ashley.
His uncle Ash, my brother, doesn’t live a perfect life but has given so much to so many people. He is someone you can rely on and gives of himself freely.
He lives at home with our parents despite being in his late 30s. He started out working in IT earning quite good money but felt that it was a soulless job and he wanted to do something worthwhile. Now he works for the ambulance service (poorly paid in the UK) and cannot afford to live on his own as the area is affluent. He doesn’t want to move out of the area he grew up in as his friends are still there.
Both our parents are disabled (father had a stroke, mother has Parkinson’s disease) and he does so much to help.
There’s so much more to Ash. He has a great sense of humour, loves cars and motorsport, is a great friend to his friends and also to us and loves spoiling Isaac. 2 months ago
Apart from the fact that she’s always spent time on others (children and husband, work and the home) and not lived for herself.
I think she deserves a retirement but that’s not going to happen with her looking after dad (post stroke) and having Parkinson’s disease herself. I feel sad for her that she’ll not be able to relax and enjoy her retirement.
I’m so glad that you’re able to do some things for yourself so that you are in a better mental and physical place for YOU (and Nick).
I hope you can build on the momentum you have started and eat better, exercise regularly and even have more massages :) 2 months ago
There are so many pros and cons but I’ve met some really nice kids/teens that started nursery really early (ie before 12 months) and are well adjusted and sociable.
I also need a break and adult conversation (even if it is boring work chat!). 2 months ago
I’m back at work now. Just 3 days a week as I’ve managed to go back 80% hours and have enough annual leave bought, accrued, carried forward that along with bank holidays I am not working any Monday in 2013.
Isaac started nursery in December aged 6 months. Initially it was for an hour and built up over a few weeks to a whole day. I then went back to work 1 day a week (Keeping in Touch days) from mid Jan and Isaac loved nursery.
Now when we drop him off in the morning he isn’t bothered about saying goodbye as he has so many friends there and loves playing with their toys and doing their activities that he is just looking around at what he’ll be doing later on.
Today he sat patiently in his high chair waiting for breakfast (those little ones that got there earlier were already eating) and he leaned over and held the arm of the boy next to him.
He’s such a sweet and happy little boy that he only got assigned his key worker there last week as they’d been fighting over him up to now!
I’m not sure if it’s the best nursery ever but think that he’d settle in really well wherever we found a good nursery. It’s also in the grounds of the local combined primary school. He’ll be so used to going to the grounds and seeing the big kids play that I’m hoping that moving on to school will be a fairly easy transition and the nursery does wrap-around care too.
I don’t feel at all guilty about leaving him there as he has a lovely time. Not sure how I’d feel about going back to work otherwise. 2 months ago
These are genius ideas! Sometimes mad genius but great nevertheless.
We already have one item on this list (vest extenders) and have been considering another (baby bath dam) and will make a few others inc babysitter box and eventually the car travel tray.
Thought I’d share this in case it makes life easier for any of you.
36 Ingenious Things You’ll Want As A New Parent2 months ago
I wish I’d found this BuzzFeed a lot earlier. Some of these are still useful to me as they cover up to age 5 in some circumstances (and up to adults for the sleep chart).
23 Incredibly Helpful Diagrams For Moms-To-Be
Particularly useful is a sizing comparison for babies from newborn to age 2 for 6 major clothing companies. 2 months ago