Gwyn meets her Irish relatives and what a wonderful welcome from the Mcneill family

Gwyn got to meet her cousin Harry and I also got to find out lots of information about my own family. We had such a wonderful welcoming visit to the McNeills home. We talked about the grand parents and great grandparents growing up and the cultural attitudes of the day compared to now. Gwyn and Harry swapped childhood photos and looked on similarities even down to their similar lifestyles as they grew up even though one was in North Wales and the other in Northern Ireland.

even the cat gave a huge welcome

We stayed in Portadown overnight so I could show Gwyn the town her father grew up in and where he lived. The present owner came to chat and asked us back anytime to visit.

124 park Rd, Portadown(2013)

We also visited the Argory national trust property and had a great guide Paul.



The first glimpse of N.Ireland for Gwyn

Gwyn arrived safely to see the land her father came from and the hope of meeting relatives she never knew existed until recently. We started by visiting the are in which I live now. We went to a concert in the Corries barn by the New Irish choir and orchestra.

 Like ourselves she is a National trust member so we visited Mountstewart which we visit regularly.


Sian’s minis

Sian’s minis

Sian’s minis

for sale for kiwoko age 9-12mths

next knitting project begun

We also called in at ballycopeland windmill where we had a very interesting tour and were well informed on the history of milling in that area and N.ireland as a whole.

Ballycopeland Miller’s cottage


 We called at local gift and craft shops to show off the local skills as well as time with some ladies in my house later in the week for our own craft. very interestlingly one of the ladies Gillian from S.Wales shares the Hughes maiden name with Gwyn and is led to believe her family came from the North then moved for work to Manchester and then to the South so we may find a relationship at a later date.

Gwyn and Jillian get a chance to speak in Welsh at coffee+craft

August the busiest month of my year

My house is constant this month with folk staying. I just love the company and the varying age groups that pass through. I just received a lovely photograph of Anna’s cushion finished. When she left here she just had blanket stitch to finish around her letters. I wonder what she will make next year on her visit.

Such a difference then from 3 young girls to having my friend’s son who is basically an adult. The house was so quiet you could hear a pin drop even Minnie his dog and companion to Smudge was so quiet. Other than baking and cooking I have managed to get some knitting done just so I can clear some projects up and feel less guilty starting new ones!!!

My late father’s cousin Gwyn Goodwin whom I found through is my next guest to come and stay.

 We are going to have a great time as I am on leave when she is here and I will be able to show her around her father’s home town. She is coming from Wales but has spent many years in USA where her two sons still reside. Her father is the late Thomas Best, born in Portadown, went on to live in Scotland and spent his latter years in England. Gwyn never met her father but is delighted to now meet some of his family.

Thomas Best

Gwyn does have half sisters Olivia and Eileen Best whom we have been unable to track down yet. They may still live in Scotland and will not be aware that they have her as a half sister. Gwyn’s grandfather, my great grandfather was the late Samuel Best also of Portadown specifically Union st and Park road in his earlier years. He was a baker and latterly a lay preacher in the Methodist church circles. I remember him fondly as I grew up as he used to quote poems he had written to me about local characters about the town.

Samuel Best (Tommy’s father)
Lily Best (nee McFall)

His wife was lily Mcfall who died, of tuberculosis, when her 3rd child May was just a baby.

Scrapbooking catching up from 2011

I have so many holiday pictures to journal I really need to get a move on so first it was J’s trip to France with the Cumming’s then our holiday to Cumbria/Northumberland.




The last summer 40 minute study went well with 17 sign ups for autumn PUP studies. The coffee+craft ladies are still hooked on bag making and recycling denim to make them.

Smudge got quite a shock when the foundations went in and she sunk her paws in. She had to be hosed down and was terrified to go near it for days

 Time out for celebrations for a colleagues wedding.