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What I Read in August

Marianna has really started to become interested in books this month. She likes to sit and look through them on her own, and then will bring it over to me or Anthony to read to her. Over and over and over again. Still, at least she has stopped trying to eat them! For my part, I made the plunge and signed up to Kindle Unlimited. (Well, the free trial month at any rate.) I'm really enjoying it and think I'll continue into the paid subscription. It's cheaper than my normal monthly spend on books - even accounting for the constant stream of Goodreads wins! - and the catalogue is full of the weird and wonderful which suits me perfectly. Anyway, this month I've read... Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star by Ann Elwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars Non-Fiction, 2010. Well researched account of the life of Rin-Tin-Tin and how he became the money spinning 'wonder dog'. I particularly liked how Elwood unpicked the official story to reveal the facts behind Rin-Tin-Tin&#

Family History: Reeves

Reeves is my mum's maiden name and, at the moment, the stubbiest part of the tree. Unlike all the other branches, the Reeves' don't seem to have bred like rabbits so there just aren't as many names to latch onto! Anyway, here's what we have so far: My mum, Wendy Reeves , was born on Valentine's Day 1967 - the youngest of five and a bit of a surprise; her mum initially thought she was starting the menopause! Apparently she was almost named Gayle, but my gramp intervened at the last moment and went for Wendy instead. The other names were less contentious, starting with: Michael (Mike) John Reeves , b. 1951. Mike has two sons - Christopher (b. 1970) and Dale (b. 1974) Reeves. Jane Reeves , b. 1952. Jane has a son, Kevin (b. 1975), and a daughter, Kerry (b. 1978). Kerry's daughter Chloe is the closest relative in age to Marianna on my mum's side. :) Hazel Carol Reeves , b. 1955. Hazel is one of the few members of the family to leave Cwmbran

This Week #46

I have finally made a start on the garden. The thing is, I'm no great fan of the outdoors. It's full of spiders and bugs and dirt and all kinds of other things I dislike. So, since we've moved in, the garden has been pretty much left to its own devices. This week I've spent hours and hours cutting back nettles, mowing the lawn, weeding, and generally having actual contact with living plant life. There is still a lot to do, but it's getting there. When I haven't been gardening (helped along by spilling coke all over my laptop and having no better distractions for a week), I've been sorting out our endless junk, selling stuff on ebay, and working on the family tree. I can see myself really getting into the latter as a hobby - it's so interesting! I'm using Ancestry and it's kind of like playing a game because you put in so many details, then the site suggests a bunch of records which may or may not correlate with your relative. It's

Bringing Up Baby

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