This evening the majority of my large extended family congregated at my Gran’s house. My Gran Nora died in February and her house is now on the market so today was possibly the last opportunity we would have to get together as a family. So, we all arrived, ordered a large quantity of fish and chips and commenced on the wine. Also my aunts and mum had been up to the house to put out all the stuff (ornaments, jewellery, crockery, cutlery etc.) for everyone to go through and see if they wanted anything. Admittedly the vast majority of it was utter crap, but there were a few lovely bits and pieces.
I got a nice few bits, a vase, some plates, a couple of beaded necklaces and a few books, including one fabulous one called Doris’s High School Days which I thought was particularly appropriate. It’s not that I particularly wanted lots, just a couple of things to have as momentoes of my Gran. I have to admit that I found parts of the evening really hard. As I don’t live on the island this weekend was the first time I have been back to Gran’s house since she died. I really miss her, but at the same time I know that she is in a far better place. But it was still strange to be there without her.
Possibly one of the funniest bits of the evening came when we opened up Gran’s marvellous hat box. She had loads of hats dating back to the fifties and before I knew it everyone was wearing one and insisting we all went outside for photos. I haven’t laughed with my family so much for ages and they just reminded me how fortunate I am to have such a wonderful, loving and close family. We also saw an amazing rainbow… just beautiful.