Saturday, January 7, 2012

The First Post in a New Year

Wow! What happened?! A week of the New Year has gone by, and I haven't blogged yet! Whoa.

Let's see . . . what's been happening around here lately? We've been having pretty nice weather --- amazing, actually for January. Last week (and early this one) were pretty cold, and we basically had to keep a fire going on high. But, the last half of this week has been lovely. We've actually had weather in the 40'Fs, with one day hitting up at 50'F!

On New Year's weekend, we had our annual Lord of the Rings marathon. Watching all three movies back-to-back. Everybody was pretty tired this year, so that worked out, as we all enjoyed a day of sitting around. Maybe we should do this twice a year.

I've been spending most of my "free" time researching the Clapham Sect. I've been able to order a bunch of books from the library, so I've been reading and reading and reading. Particularly, I've been looking into Edward James Eliot who was a key member of the Sect and the Anti-Slave Trade movement. Sadly, he died ten years before the bill was passed, so he never saw the fruits of their work. History has rather passed him by, so I've been enjoying finding some stuff about a forgotten hero. This is a painting of him (c. 1778) that was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Yesterday morning, since the sun was shining and it was warmer than usual, we went out to a cemetery to take a few pictures to post on FindaGrave. An online "genealogy buddy" of Mom's has a ggggrandfather buried there, and he really wanted a photo of the man's grave. Thankfully, we were able to find it!

Well, it's kind of late, and very dark, so I'll quit for now. More later.

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