History has been made in more ways than one! I’m not sure if it happened earlier this week but I definitely noticed it this morning – Hobart is back in it’s rightful place. I could be forgiven not spotting it earlier this week as Monday morning I picked up the keys to my new home [renting a lovely unit in South Geelong]. Needless to say I’ve been a tad busy but this morning I woke in my own bed in my new home and had a lazy lie-in watching Sunrise … and I nearly fell out of bed – Hobart came after Darwin and before Melbourne – exactly where it should be! It really felt like all was right with the world … and Hobart.
BUT another bit of history is being made NOW as I type – this if the first blog I’ve posted from my new home. I confess – the computer is all hooked up and working on my kitchen bench while I sort out the new office [spare bedroom] etc. but I can’t spend too long chatting – the list of chores is LONG.
I have separate pages on my dining room table to write on – complete with pen handy:
- PU – OG [pick up from Ocean Grove – still emptying and cleaning out old place]
- PU – Newcomb [while I was waiting 3 weeks to get the keys to here, every trip to Geelong meant a car loaded with boxes and items – the storage unit is only 5 minutes from here, so saving a lot of petrol and packing time]
- FIND – I remember seeing it in … that bag or that box! See the image at the top!
- BUY – either essential items for the unit or perhaps some food!
- TASKS – essential tasks here – cleaning or re-arranging before I bring in more things to trip over
- TO-DO – essential things – like ring the Salvos for a pick-up, etc.
OK – TASKS and TO-DO items are yelling very loudly so this is enough blogging for now – I’ve created history so I must move on.
OH – and my pussy cat is yelling loudly – currently locked in the bathroom until I let him explore his new home further – probably tonight when I’ve stopped going in and out the doors every two minutes! Best thing is that he was allowed to live with me in my new home.
Happy, tired, contented …
What triggered this was someone implying that I wasn’t prepared to get off my backside and learn and suggested that I wanted to be spoon-fed. As she doesn’t know me, I won’t even bother to retaliate!
And my favourite saying? …
If you don’t learn something new every day …
you’re just not listening to the rest of the world.
Yesterday was almost traumatic! It was a day of research – firstly at Land Victoria – Land Information Centre at Laverton [Victoria, Australia], then PROV [Public Record Office Victoria] at North Melbourne.
And it was all my own fault! I’ve been to both archives before, know exactly where they are, and had packed my Historian’s Backpack many times before.
BUT after all the activity in the last few days with input from so many helpful people I was SO nervous that I would forget something or had forgotten something! It’s a horrible feeling made worse by bumping into people I know who may have followed the Historian’s Backpack saga on Facebook.
Now I have another dilemma – do I add the couple of extra items suggested for the Backpack or do I work on the mass of records I obtained yesterday at Land Victoria and PROV? Priorities? Or do I feel another blog coming on – How to prioritise our research – or maybe – How to de-stress your research? Oh, the mind is working overtime.
A chuckle always helps with de-stressing! Of course I was showing off my new Aussie Loos app to Pam [my co-researcher]. We were leaving Laverton and Pam said she wanted to leave Cherry Lane in the opposite direction as we could see the freeway and it was bumper to bumper – she was sure we could come out somewhere on our “normal” route to PROV and bypass the pain of trying to get back on the freeway. As I already had Aussie Loos open to see nearest Loos, I just moved the map to follow our potential route – and not only did we find the shortcut avoiding the freeway totally [went over the top of it twice], we got to PROV early with plenty of time to use their Loos [which of course weren’t and shouldn’t have been on the map].
A most satisfying day all round!
I am a VERY new owner of a mobile phone – so new that incoming calls go to message bank as I’m struggling to answer them!
So what was the essential item I got yesterday? I’m not sure why it took me so long to get one. Anyone who knows me knows that my favourite subject is Sewerage Records – I was rapt in this photo on the cover of my book!
The item is a phone App called Aussie Loos! There are quite a few to choose from but I grabbed this one – it didn’t even cost a penny!
And I love the button – “I’m Busting”
Does it work? Of course – tested it on my back verandah and it instantly located the two public loos nearby.
I think this is an essential for all types of historians – there isn’t always a private convenient bush out in the country. Can you imagine how handy this app would be? … you’re in a country cemetery where time just flies because you’re finding so many relatives …
I know this “essential” is out of left field, but what are the other essentials that every good local and family historian should have in their “research backpack”???
P.S. The “list” now has it’s own web page called Historian’s Backpack