Sunday, 18 September 2011

And they had nothing to say

I'm still nursing a blinkin' cold. I think it might be time to go to the doctors. That said, Nathan is still spluttering, and he's on anti-biotics! Every time I cough, I get a shooting pain in my head, which can't be good for me. 

We're trying to watch The X-Factor on ITV player, and it's proving to be one of the most frustrating experiences in the world. The computer keeps stopping to buffer, before encountering a glitch mid-way through the bit when Tulisa bursts into tears because one of the contestants reminds her of her mother. The glitch sends the whole thing back to the start of the programme. When we try to spool through to where we were before the glitch, we're forced to watch adverts. I've seen eight in a row, now. We watch the adverts, get to the bit when Tulisa bursts into tears, and then, like a perfect ground-hog day, we return to the start of the show. I think ITV might want to try and sort out their system because this is no way to relax! We've now given up, and are watching Outnumbered instead. 

Other than this, there's little else to report. We've spent the day cleaning. In fact, there's not a single corner in the house which hasn't been washed, polished, sprayed or hoovered. My hands are red raw. This must be how those poor Victorian chamber maids felt after doing the weekly wash!

350 years ago, Pepys and Elizabeth's journey to Huntingdonshire continued. The roads were incredibly muddy, and poor Elizabeth took a second nose-dive from her horse, somewhere near Puckerage. By the time they'd arrived in Cambridge in the early afternoon, she was exhausted, and had started to irritate the hell out of her husband. 

They spent the rest of the day in Cambridge, before continuing their journey to the village of Impington where they spent the night with Pepys' elderly Uncle Talbot. 

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