imhilien: New Zealand (New Zealand)
Well, it's been nice and fine these last few days, and I've even put some summer clothes back on.

In my neighbourhood someone has this tree in their property hanging over the footpath. At this autumn time of the year the tree produces these bad-smelling berries that drop and splatter all over the footpath. I always have to remember at this time to walk on the other side of the road - and even then, the smell tries to follow you. Ugh. The owners need to waterblast the footpath immediately, and I don't say that lightly.

My aunt (mums sister) is going to get one of those kits from ancestry dot com and see what's in the family tree. Oooh, sounds fun. I had been thinking of doing that myself recently, but since she's beat me too it I'm happy to wait and see what the results are. Thanks to some family members interested in genealogy, I know that mums side is mostly English (Cornish and South England), with some Scottish and French. There's rumours of Irish and Spanish so we might find out the answer. I know I've sometimes stared at photos of my late grandad and thought, 'gee, you look a bit Spanish'.

I know the Cornish side of the family has stayed in the same area of North Cornwall since the Norman invasion because they're mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was only in the 19th century when a younger son got annoyed that he wasn't going to get anything (because, you know, younger son) so he said, 'I'm off to New Zealand... you'll be sorry...,' and came down here in a huff.

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