Maggie’s brother, William, meets her family as they disembark in Dublin. He drives them to Nan’s house, the former family home of Maggie and William. Nan’s name is Sheila and her husband, Kathleen’s granddad is Michael.
There is a happy reunion and news that the remainder of the family will be coming to meet and greet them the following day. The family were shown their rooms and enjoyed a supper that Sheila had cooked. That evening there were lots of memories to talk about. As she fell asleep that night, Kathleen’s last thought was of Veronica and Albert waving to her.
She sleeps well and awakes early to sunshine streaming through her window. She admires her room and the view from it of green hills. A cock crows in the distance. She opens her gifts from the people she’s left behind in England. There was a box of initialled, embroidered handkerchiefs from Betty, and a painting from Veronica of a scene they’d shared. Albert had given her a silver-coloured pen, notepaper and envelopes plus a note reminding her to write to him.
While her Nan cooks a huge cooked breakfast for her downstairs, Kathleen looks around the garden and meets Crackers a huge cat. She lets him in for his food. At breakfast she sits next to Grandad Michael and talks to him about his vegetable garden. After breakfast she joins him in the garden where he teaches her how to grow vegetables. She asks whether he has any pigs. He hasn’t but he asks about her interest.
That afternoon the remainder of the family join them. Three uncles with their wives and children and two aunties with their husbands and children. Just as Michael had said, Teresa was the one who made a bee line for her. Kathleen liked her and was happy to go for a walk with her. She was overwhelmed with so many of them, but she had a way with children and soon they were all vying for her attention.
That evening she writes letters to Veronica and to Albert. In the days following she spends a lot of time with her Grandad in the garden and is fascinated by an old shed. Kathleen’s Mum and Dad are delighted by how she and her Grandad are getting on. A few days later her Granddad takes her out in his old car to meet a friend, Kevin, who breeds pigs. Kathleen spends a few hours there.
Kathleen also starts to get to spend time with her cousin Teresa and they find that they like each other. Teresa tells Kathleen that she likes her school but not the nuns. Kathleen tells her how much she’s come to love Ireland.
Tomorrow a letter has arrived from Veronica.
Today’s featured image is another I took in Ireland – on Abbey Island, Derrymane, County Kerry. I took this shot with my Lenovo P2 smartphone. The exif data are 1/250 secs, f/2, 3.59 mm and ISO 100.