Fixing broken links in the DNA post

I was checking the blog posts that had been viewed recently and part of that is looking at what links had been clicked.  I discovered that there were a couple of broken links on a post that I did a few years ago so I have fixed the links and here is the repaired post. This post was first published in May 2013

The ScotsI loved the cover of this book as the genetic code is set to resemble the Forth Railway Bridge, very clever.  My reason for including this book is the fact that I have been reading about a particular project taking place to trace the genetic code of Scottish folk.

One of the columns on my Tweetdeck is for Caithness, so I catch up on the latest from there.  Yesterday there was a tweet asking for people to participate in Project DNA for Caithness and Sutherland.  I clicked on the link as my dad came from Caithness.
Project DNATo participate in the project you need to visit Family Tree DNA : History unearthed daily.  Of course I should have realised that nothing comes without a cost.  To be tested for this project it has to be a male member with the family surname and the cost can vary from $49 to $339!  I don’t think I would be that keen to find out links from the past but no doubt there are those who are.

The Sutherland DNA Surname Research Project provides further information on the surname and some interesting links to other sites and at no cost!  There, that’s my Scottish traits coming to the fore again!

To put it all into perspective you need to read this article.guardian articleAn excerpt from the article:

Perhaps it is harmless fun to speculate beyond the facts, armed with exciting new DNA technologies? Not really. It costs unwitting customers of the genetic ancestry industry a substantial amount of hard-earned cash, and it disillusions them about science and scientists when they learn the truth, which is almost always disappointing relative to the story they were told.

Exaggerated claims from the consumer ancestry industry can also undermine the results of serious research about human genetic history, which is cautiously and slowly building up a clearer picture of the human past for all of us.

All the links are now working again.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff”

That is the title of a book, published in 1997, that I have not read but I have now got a desk calendar that is entitled “Don’t sweat the small stuff” You can read a review of the book here.

Richard Carlson offers 100 meditations crafted to keep your emotions in check, cherish family and friends, and deeply appreciate your life.

After Christmas I celebrated my 70th birthday with my husband and family. I am blessed to have three children who continue to give me so much joy.  I need to make sure that I don’t take them for granted.  I am one lucky lady and I hope that in 2019 I can follow Richard Carlson’s advice.  Each day on the calendar there are inspirational ideas and thoughts that should help me appreciate my life.  I certainly plan to get the most out of 2019.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2019.

So many happy memories

A while back I posted about a book I had borrowed from the library.  The book was Hebrides by Peter May you can find the post here.This is a photograph from the book.  The reason I show the photograph is that it rekindled so many happy childhood memories.

My dad was born at Boultach on a croft in the highlands of Scotland in the county of Caithness.  When we visited, the croft was farmed by my dad’s brother, my Uncle Donnie.  In the school holidays my brother and sisters and I used to go to Caithness to spend time with our cousins.  My dad’s other brother, my Uncle Johnie, had a croft at Burrigle, Forse.  We had such a wonderful time with our cousins who just happened to be about the same ages as we were.

My family lived in Fife in a village and the experiences we had when we were on holiday were exactly that – so different to our life at home.  We had a whale of a time and this photo brought back those memories.

When we first went to Boultach there was no electricity or piped water.  We enjoyed the novelty of getting water from the well and reading by the tilley lamps. The freedom we had to play where we wanted and the wonderful baking that our aunts produced was something else again.

To get to the photo . . . . This is a van that is used in Shetland to take foodstuffs to the outlying cottages which is exactly what used to happen at Boultach and Burrigle.  Our uncles used to give us spending money and as kids we would eagerly mount the steps of the van to spend the money on sweeties.

I have posted before about cousins and memories and you can find it on the link.  I have also posted previously about the van deliveries.

Amazing how one photo generates so many memories.

Camels at the East Gippsland Field Day

This link is to a field day we attended in 2014 and includes some photos from 2010 when our grandson was about four, he is now 10.

https://suth2.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/cows-calves-sheep-alpacas-and-assorted-machinery/

This year we went to the field day and we were lucky to have really good weather after having several days of rain. We enjoyed a great day out.  All the usual stall holders were there and it was good to have a leisurely stroll around the exhibits.

A new feature this year were these camels.  You can now do camel rides along the beach at Lakes Entrance.  I know what our granddaughters will be doing next time they visit.