Sunday, September 20, 2009

This weekend went pretty well for Meg, Henry and I. It got off to a bad start when Meg burned her wrist badly by spilling tea, but things improved from there. (It still is painful, but hasn't slowed Meg down at all.) We had Indian take-out on Friday. Afterwards Henry buried himself in some clothes. It reminded me a bit of how his aunt likes to bury herself in sand.

On Saturday Henry and I watched his cousin Evan's first soccer game. Evan did excellent. He scored the first goal of the game! He's now scored more soccer goals than his mother and uncle. They had a good setup at the fields. Small kids, like him, played a no score keeping, three on three game for about 1/2 hour. So much of their town was there that a plane was flying overhead with an advertisement.

On Sunday we had a pretty relaxing day of church, going to the playground and walking around our neighborhood. Henry was a bit cranky, but I'm trying to forget about that right now. ;)

I did pretty well with the half dollars I searched. 8,000 half dollars produced eleven 90% silver halves (10 x 1964, 1964D), sixty-four 40% silver half dollars (2 x 1965, 5 x 1966, 24 x 1967, 20 x 1968D, 13 x 1969D), four proof halves (1973S, 1976S, 2002S, 2005S) and three mint set halves (2004P, 2005P, 2006P).

Recently I became aware of a new book, Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia. I got it right away and finished it pretty quickly. It's written by Nicholas and Elizabeth Clinch and is about a Victorian couple, The Littledales, who explored Central Asia together. St. George and Theresa Littledale were well known in their day for their travels, especially their three Central Asian trips, but have largely been forgotten. They never wrote a book and up until now no book has been written solely about them. The authors spent some twenty years researching the couple. Most of the Littledales' journeys were for the purpose of collecting museum specimens (although really this might just have been an excuse to hunt large game and get the proper permits). Their wealth allowed them to travel in style with large caravans of guides, translators and animal handlers, but the trips still took a lot of fortitude. I found their exploration of Tibet to be the most interesting part of the book.

Found: 1 dime (at the soccer field)

Redeemed: $23.60