A Family Affair
30.08.2009 - 30.08.2009 18 °C
This morning I had a quiet morning catching up with things on the 'net while David and Margaret continued to explore some of the places they remembered from the time they lived here. In the afternoon, we went around to Margaret's cousin's place (Susan) and met Graham her husband and Amy and Bethany, their two very friendly and very talkative daughters. Most girls of that age are shy with adult strangers but not these two. They chatted as if they had known me for ages, and later showed me some magic tricks which they had learnt from their uncle. A little later we went all drove around to see Susan's mum and dad, Maureen and Bill, as well as a few other relatives. Bill was a real laugh and it was easy to see what he was like in his younger days; it seems his sense of humour hasn't changed.
Our final meal in England, fittingly, was fish and chips from the local shop. And very nice they were too; as a member of the over 50's club I reluctantly try to restrict my intake of such delicacies so I was very pleased to have an excuse to tuck into them again.
I will add here that today, as on other days when I visited David and Margaret's friends and relatives, who until recently were strangers to me, I was made to feel more than welcome, and always made to feel part of the family. I go away with many happy memories of this final part of our long trip, which in some ways rival our earlier experiences. So here I am on November 19th with Christmas just around the corner, making the final entries to my blog. My simple advice to anyone contemplating such a trip is...if you are in a position to do it, then go. The opportunity may not always be there.