Today I was working from home for a couple of reasons.
Firstly because Mirinda didn’t come home last night and I don’t like leaving the dogs all day. It did occur to me during the day that they are the two most spoiled dogs we’ve ever had. When I think back on Carmen and Day-z being left day after day while we both worked and then, back in Oz, poor Alice and Brad who were rarely taken for walks, it’s no wonder that Emma and Freya are so insistent on walks and company.
In fact it’s quite difficult convincing Emma that she doesn’t want to go for a walk in the pouring rain or that she can’t come to the shops with me. Of course it’s a lot better because I’m home most of the time (and then there’s the wonderful Sue, of course) but, seriously, how spoiled are they?
The other reason I was working from home was because I was expecting a very important delivery from DHL. It had come all the way from China and was due to be delivered between 1pm and 5pm. It turned up at 1:05pm and I hurriedly unwrapped it.
It was my new, tailor made, tweed, hipster suit. It fitted much better than a glove given most men’s gloves are big and bulky and useless for anything but keeping one’s hands warm. Having tried it on to make sure it did in fact fit better than a glove, I reluctantly hung it up in the wardrobe to wait for Mirinda to come home and photograph it.
Meanwhile, work on the Wrecclesham memorial chugged along. I managed to unravel the mistaken belief that a chap serving in the merchant marines was in fact on a sailing boat called Joshua rather than a steamship called Joshua Nicholson.
It reminded me of the Canadian soldier who was mistakenly assumed to be aboard the Lusitania when he actually died of some internal illness in hospital. These little things are so important to me. Setting the record straight is incredibly satisfying for the researcher but also, I’d like to think it’s also important for the descendants.
Finally, though, Mirinda was home and we had a little fashion parade. This is something that rarely happens with me. When I normally buy clothes it’s generally jeans and t-shirts. Given I always look the same, there’s no need in parading anything new. Tonight, however, was very different.
I reckon I’m going to turn a few heads this year when we board HMS Victory.