Today I heard from Allied
International that they are so busy that it looks like it will be 7th July
before they can deliver my goods from Scotland. Bit disappointed at this
as it looks like I can get my goods over from Scotland to Canada a lot
faster than it takes them to deliver it from Toronto to Chatham. Anyway
they are going to confirm the date and time and they say if they can do it
sooner they will. Apparently Summer is not a good time for getting goods
delivered. They say if my goods had arrived in May I would have had
delivery within one week.
All of that said they then
phoned just on lunch time to say they will be delivering the goods between
10 and 12 tomorrow :-) Apparently they had a cancellation so were
able to fit me in for which many thanks!
I headed out around Chatham
centre today to have a wee look at the shops. Will need to do
another round because I got caught up in the local antiquarian book shop
on Queen Street. And... I ended up purchasing a few books :-)
This is a book of Gaelic verse published in 1873 and is the twelve edition
of the book. While I am sure most us won't be able to read this I did
think it would be good to publish this on the site. It's got 160 pages and
is a small book so should be easy to scan in.
This is the story of the settlement and development of the County of Kent
in which area I am now living. It was produced by the Kent Historical
Society in 1939. It has 106 pages so again shouldn't take long to scan in.
The Life and Public
Services of Henry Wilson
This book was published in 1881 and browsing the book it seemed to go into
some interesting details of the society in the 19th century. This person
was of Scots descent with his ancestors going from Scotland to Ulster and
then onto America and became Vice-President of the United States. The book
is around 460 pages in length and I thought this would make an interesting
The Life of James
Printed in 1883 this is the second edition of a man who was Missionary
Superintendent in the Northwest Territories and born in Scotland. Some 420
pages but again taking in a time period that should make very interesting
A Son of Scotland
This is an account of R. H. Bruce Lockhart who traveled all over the world
and was published in 1938. It is still within copyright but is an account
of his early life being brought up in Scotland. I may publish it
some years ahead but thought there might be some wee snippets I can use
prior to that. In any event it is a book that I think I'll enjoy reading.
One Hundred Years of
History 1836 - 1936
This is the hundredth annual report of the St. Andrews Society in Toronto.
Again this is copyright 1938 but as it mentions so many Scottish names I
thought this would be very interesting to publish on the site so am going
to see if I can get permission to publish this.
On 21st June my goods arrived from Scotland
and I can see I have a lot of work to do to put everything away. The
delivery folk did unpack pretty well all my boxes for me and assembled my
desk unit. I still need to add some more plug sockets so I can get
As you can see it looks like a bomb has hit
the place :-)
retain a couple of boxes as I'll likely have to store some of my stuff in
the basement and especially until I get a china cupboard to put my good
china on display. Found I had loads of cutlery, far more than I need
so that will go into store as well. Got quite a few rugs to scatter around
but will need to figure out where to put them.
Being on my own I don't need a dish washer but
have sure had to wash a lot of that china that arrived and the cutlery.
Been sorting out my cupboards again and think I've just about managed to
get all the day to day plates, cutlery, pots, pans, dishes, etc. into
them. Even found my "The Chief" coffee mug :-)
Am now looking for my Saltire Flag so I can
get that hung out... guess I'll also need to get a Canadian Flag up along
with it. I also found the wee present that my next door neighbours in
Scotland gave me. They took a slate that had fallen off my roof and they
got it engraved with both families names on it and then got it put in a
And of course I have still to get my book
shelves built but the books are already in the room waiting for them :-)
Today, 22nd June, I received a letter from the
Immigration Regional Program Center saying I now have a file number which
means I'm now in the queue.
And today, the 23rd, I am at last getting the
guttering in place. They will have completed the upper stories today and
will likely complete the job tomorrow. The electrician is coming on Sunday
to do the lighting for my computer units.
Bit more painting done and in fact the upper
stories and all windows and shutters have now been done so really just the
porch to complete and some of that work has also been done. The
painter is now away for a weeks holiday so guess it will all be done in a
couple of weeks time. A few of my neighbours have been commenting on
the work being done and say it's nice to see the old place being done up
Still to have to have the second set of stairs
replaced on the porch but George reckons he can have that done before the
painter returns from holiday.
Several people have said I should get all my
money back on this renovation and then some so that's also good to hear.
I do need to get a wee alteration done to my
air conditioning vent in the office so I can fit my other cabinet in
without blocking it but talking to George he says that it's easy to do and
will get that done for me. So I hope that by Sunday the office at least
will be just the way I want it.
So that's my report bringing things up to date