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  • We had to pack so much into four nights/five days in London.

    On Thursday we flew to Post Olympic London. I love taking the tube from Heathrow Airport to Northwick Park, observing the bouquet of nationalities travelling with us.

    We spent Thursday and Friday with my sister, who is coming to terms with debilitating ME.

    On our second day with her, Sandy drove us to see our nephews at the Buddhist centre they both manage in Golders Green, to help prepare a banquet for eighty people attending a meditation course the next day.

    On Friday night I accompanied my sister to see her latest painting displayed at the Pinner Sketch Club annual exhibition private viewing. I sat in sweltering heat watching the prize awarding ceremony. It did not bother my sister that she did not receive a prize as she had already been honoured when her painting was accepted for the exhibition.

    On Saturday we packed our bags to visit our daughter S, her husband D and our beautiful six month old grand daughter. S and D have almost overcome their grief of having a still born baby last year. He was a beautiful plump baby who strikingly resembled his father. The hospital could give no reason for his death.

    And before we travelled to Plumstead we had a rendezvous' with Immacolata Amorelli Cretella.
    We Immacolata and I had been so pleased when we realised we were both visiting our families that week and could finally see each other in the flesh.

    Jacques and I arrived at Harrow on the Hill Tube Station twenty minutes early and I instantly recognised her as she stepped off the escalators. She is as funny, clever and amazing as her Cowbird persona.

    We only had an hour together sitting outside a coffee shop sharing our hopes and fears; our family histories and Cowbird experience before we returned to our busy schedules.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that she will be able to visit us in Ireland next year.
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