Visiting Selkirk and Hawick

My amazing Mum, Rosalie J Saunders, outside her house in Selkirk. (Photo taken on my Nokia 5140i.)

This morning I drove down to my home town of Selkirk and delivered my sister’s upgraded PC and her new HP printer, a PSC 1410. (It’s such an old PC that we first had to install a Belkin USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 3-Port PCI Card and a little more memory.) Jenni was delighted. As was her son Benjamin, who was fighting a sore throat.

On my way into Selkirk I passed a woman with two children and a buggy. I noticed that jammed into the top of the buggy was a huge branch, obviously salvaged by one of the children and being taken home as treasure. Wasn’t life great when that was the sort of thing that got you excited! When the proof of a good walk in the wind and rain was coming home with a new stick and a pocketful of odd-looking stones. We over-complicate life sometimes with our ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’.

Mum took me for lunch in Hawick, at a café called Sarah’s Coffee Shop. It’s in the basement of an old church, at the Sandbed area of the town, and was one of the properties hit by the recent floods in Hawick. It had the feel of a small, local coffee shop, but about six times as big. But the service was brilliant, and so quick. It was like having tea at your grannie’s but everyone was invited!

After lunch we wandered over to the Pringle of Scotland mill shop. Mum wanted to buy me a jumper for my birthday (tomorrow). I wanted a dark, charcoal grey v-neck jumper, but Pringles only had them in the following sizes: small. Same for black.

Hawick Cashmere, at the other end of Hawick, had one jumper that was big enough (XL or XXL), the right colour, but was a) too thin, and b) £150!!

We found a nice jumper in the Next catalogue, back at Jenni’s, for £26.99. Now, that’s more my kind of jumper!

Loose canons

A British Naval cannon
These are model British Naval cannons, which can be purchased from Historical Firearms for only £53, and not Church Canons, which are laws.

Off to bed now — it’s just after 02:00. I’ve been up late working on preparing the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s Code of Canons for the website. The Code of Canons contains all the laws that the church sets for itself, and is separated into two sections: the Code of Canons, and the Digest of Resolutions. Two sections would most logically require two files. I was sent 84 PDF files, so I’m currently concatenating the files, to create one coherent and easy to use docuement.

The PDF file I’m working on now (the Code of Canons section) has 332 pages, and contains the history of the Code of Canons, All 65 canons, and the index. I’m currently working on creating PDF bookmarks so that users can more easily navigate the file and find what they want.

At the moment the PDF file is in PDF 1.3 format, which means that it’s compatible with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above. However, the file is over 7.7 MB! I’ve discovered that I can reduce the file size to around 1.49 MB, and also save the file in a newer format. You’ve got to love the power of Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional.