Spent the next morning ostensibly doing some tidying up, but in reality...well, in reality I can't actually remember what I was doing. Adding some books to Librarything, I think. It was particularly pleasing to discover that the On Target website has pretty good quality scans of the paperback versions of the Doctor Who novelisations (and having added a fair few of those already, most of the automatic recommendations are more of them...). Still can't find a decent source for scans of the hardback versions. To be honest, it's a shame that so many of the default covers on Librarything are so grotty. Oh well - at least I'm improving matters (because, AIUI, people can now use the scans that I've uploaded. Neat).
Sarah came round in the early afternoon (she has some potentially good news regarding her house, but I don't want to blog it just yet 'cos it hasn't been 100% confirmed yet), and we went for lunch at KFC. She let me drive the car back to my place, which made me happy (even more so as I took us for a spin out in the Chelmsford countryside). She's still a bit paranoid about letting me drive, but she's getting more trusting, which I like.
After that, we headed up to Chorleywood, and took Rita out for a meal at the local Toby Carvery, which was pleasant - I'm glad I suggested it, as I've not been there for a while.
I also spent a bit of time, both on Saturday and Sunday, using Rita's scanner to scan a few more Doctor Who book covers (and indeed other book covers) and upload them to librarything. I think it's high time I got myself a scanner (or indeed a three-in-one - there was one in Tesco for £50:00), as it's annoying having to rely on other people's equipment when I want to either scan or print things.
On Sunday morning, after a breakfast of tea and toast, we had an early start, driving out to Burford in Oxfordshire to visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which was a really lovely way to spend the day (or at least a large chunk thereof). Although it was raining rather heavily for some of the journey (and indeed it had been overnight), about half way through it eased up, and although some of the ground was a bit damp and muddy in places, it was mostly quite a pleasant walk round the wildlife park, as well as a little picnic lunch which Rita had brought with us. Some of the animals were a little too distant to make them out clearly, and sadly the lions were having a siesta, but even so, it was still wonderful to see them all - the rhino, the red panda, the pudú (aw! so cute) and the Mongooses (ditto!). Possibly the best bit of the day was the demonstration of birds of prey, after which some folks gathered were allowed to handle the birds. The experience of having this gorgeous creature* sitting on my left hand was wonderful (the scariest thing was asking if it would be okay...), and Sarah and I have talked about possibly visiting the Cotswold Falconry and birds of prey centre for more such experiences.
At about 3:00pm we headed back for Chorleywood, where Sarah had a bit of a nap (she's had rather a bad cold lately, and although the antibiotics she's been taken have now started to kick in, on Sunday she was suffering from rather a nasty hacking cough. Also, her back was giving her problems), and then she and I set off for home. The original plan had been that I'd stay with her in Barking overnight, but in the event, because she was feeling so unwell and sleeping rather badly, it was decided that it would probably best if I returned to Chelmsford. Which meant that we didn't get to see each other on the Bank Holiday, but I think it was for the best.
Sarah let me drove some of the journey back - basically, everything that didn't involve motorway driving - which was another wonderful experience.
Oh, on the way back from Chorleywood, we saw a sign advertising the Paradise Wildlife Park, which I thought might be an interesting place to visit (if nothing else, it's a lot nearer than the Cotswolds one.
Oh, and what precisely is the difference between a wildlife park and a zoo? Is there a difference? I mean, obviously a safari park is different, but a wildlife park and a zoo seem to be just different names for the same sorts of thing...
I spent the Monday mainly chilling out, although I also did a bit of converting my 12" singles to mp3 format - concentrating on the works of Cicero (the Scottish singer, that is) and Eighth Wonder (Patsy Kensit's former band). Also watched some DVDs, including the second half of Tron, and the making of from the DVD. That, for some reason, inspired me to watch Empire of Dreams (the Star Wars making of from the DVD set), and I also remembered that I'd not see the Comedy Connections on Sorry, so I gave that a watch too. And during the evening I watched University Challenge. One of the questions - the second picture round starter - was almost pathetically easy, possibly the easiest UC has ever been . *ahem*
And also, I discovered that I work best to music - bunged my iPod on, listened to some of the Cicero and Eighth Wonder stuff I'd been working on during the day, and got the lounge tidied and cleaned. I'll have to bear that in mind in future, as there's still loads of things to do around the house.
But anyway - a good weekend.
*Yes, that is the bird I handled - it's a Chilean Eagle named Lulu - but I can't claim credit for taking the photo - that was gacked from this website. Credit where it's due, and all of that.