On Sunday we have a National census to complete. We love this sort of thing so we are happy to oblige. Liz loves to look back at old census results which are mainly available free on line now to see how the various aspects change, rural depopulation and the like. An interesting aspect of this one has been a ground-swell of anti-church sentiment which follows the recent conflicts between the old Catholic establishment and the more non-religious younger people. The latter, of course, 'rule' the Social Media and have been spreading the word that it is OK to say in the census that you have "No Religion" if you are not a regular church-goer. The church, it is known, use the official census data to argue for a big share of any resources (teaching etc) because they can demonstrate that, ooh look, 80%+ of the population say they are Catholic even though perhaps only 20% of the population go to Mass. The anti-camp feel that if the people declared more truthfully their support for the RC church, then the latter would get a smaller (and fairer) slice of the Government finance cake.
|Lambs looking quite chunky now at 2 months+|
|Goat kid at 3 weeks.|
|Just before the weather turned, I got a first grass-mow in.|
|We don't normally light this open fire|
in April. This one was more about putting
off some jackdaws I had seen nest building
than keeping the house warm.
|The blackthorn has started flowering in|
all the local hedges
|Of COURSE there's room for 2 guests in this room. |
Why would you doubt it?