Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Monday, 21 March 2022

Durweston, Dorset

St Nicholas Church, Durweston, Dorset

Final resting place of Benjamin Tompson and Ida Lily Soppit

A sunny day for the supposed first day of Spring yesterday, so we escaped to the picturesque, thatched cottage filled village of Durweston, Dorset on the trail of yet more deceased relatives - a COVID-safe activity. :) We found the final resting place of a 1st cousin, 3x removed, Benjamin Tompson Soppit and his wife, Ida Lily (née Hepworth). Ida had lived to the ripe old age of 103 years 9 months.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Jane Austen's House

Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire

Excursions when you have severe Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are already very hard and always cause inevitable symptoms of Post-exertional malaise (PEM) - which I am suffering today after having had a bad night of pain and disturbed sleep. So, when one makes an excursion - for a significant birthday, as I did yesterday - get disappointed and see nothing, knowing you're still going to pay for it, only now 'for no good reason', that disappointment hits harder than it would to someone healthy who could just brush it off. 

This was also the first time I've been able to go out for purely pleasurable reasons since Christmas. The house, which as you see, is having work done to it (to the roof), which obviously needs to be done, but the scaffolding covers the entire building and courtyard area, so you can see nothing of its exterior at all.

UPDATE: They've sent me to pages that NOW have wording in capitals about the scaffolding. The wording is easy to spot - when you've been told to look for it, of course - but I still feel sure that I would have seen that, had it been there when I booked. That said, it still isn't really obvious, nor a banner on the front page and, all photos on their site still show the house uncovered so they're not really being clear / honest. I had also made my health situation and that, as a consequence, I cannot make a return visit, very clear, yet they have chosen to ignore and minimise that with platitudes. Not a satisfactory resolution.