Friday, 17 June 2011

They're here!

My sister, Maureen and her husband, Jerry, who live in Arkansas, USA are here in Blighty for a three week visit.  They arrived early on Tuesday morning of this week and it's good to have them here.  They were last home in 2008 and although we keep in regular touch via telephone and email three years is still a long time without actually seeing each other.  So, we're all going to make the most of the next three weeks!


Yesterday afternoon we arranged to go into Manchester for a spot of shopping and Afternoon Tea in the Town Hall's cafe.  Our lovely cousin, Sylvia, joined us and we had a really good time chatting and laughing together.  Maureen and Jerry are staying with our other sister, Jean, but because of ill health Jean couldn't join us on this little outing. 

I took a photograph, above, then handed the camera to Sylvia and she took a photograph.


A very nice young woman sitting at the table next to us offered to take a photo of all four of us together but unfortunately the picture she took turned out blurred. 

Prior to the Town Hall we had been in Marks and Spencer's and by sheer happy coincidence we bumped into Sylvia's brother, Jim, and his lovely partner, Shirley.  Naturally we spent a good while chatting away to them.

Well, the time flew by as it does when you're enjoying yourself and before we knew it we were heading back to the train station.  It wasn't only the time that was flying we all had to make a mad dash for the train.  We didn't want to miss it, the next one was in an hour's time.  After running up and down more steps than was good for people our age we made it just in the nick of time!  (I wonder if that expression's in my new book?).

Tomorrow afternoon we're all off to the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays.  There's an exhibition on about the children who were evacuated overseas during WWII and we'll all find that interesting - I hope.


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