Change of heart over Chris Evans

I’ve got to admit that I rushed to judgment over Chris Evans. I guess I was determined not to like him because NOBODY could replace Terry Wogan.

Anyway, it’s been eight months now, and he has grown on me. I play his archived show every weekday morning when I arrive at work. His infectious enthusiasm keeps me cheerful. He makes me smile a lot. And I love the way he starts every Monday morning with two Beatles songs.

Good choice, BBC!

Safe stump?

A very pleasant three-day weekend is coming to a close. We took a bike ride around the neighbourhood yesterday with our neighbours. We didn’t take a camera, but, our neighbour had her phone with her and took this interesting one. Only in Montrose!

And, by the way, chalk it up. John and I have finally bought our first bicycle helmets. Very snazzy. We’ll get a picture of those sometime.

A very old book

Mr. Howard Toon found us on and writes the following:

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I have in my possession a Book of Common Prayer, published for the Company of Stationers, London in 1739. There is a sticky label inside the front cover announcing it as belonging to J. J. Habershon of Rotherham, and there are assorted barely-legible handwritten entries, some in pencil, some in ink, inside giving the dates and times of birth of certain members of his ancestral family.

It mentions Matthew Habershon of Bradgate, near Rotherham. Amongst the children listed are Mary Habershon, September 25th, 1742 and six other children, ending with Matthew Habershon, December 22nd 1757.

A small number of other details appear in the back of the book, but whilst an experiences archivist might be able to decipher them, I could only hazard guesses. A scan is attached.

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Thank you, Mr. Toon, for taking the time to scan and email us a copy of this. Click here to view the scan, Habs. Check out this page of the Family Tree to work out J. J. Habershon’s relationship to you. He was my Great Great Great Grandfather.

Mr. Toon mentions in a subsequent email that he came across the prayerbook whilst clearing the household possessions of his late brother who was an amateur collector of interesting antiquities. He hasn’t offered to sell it to us, but if any of you are interested in contacting him, send me an email.