I think everyone knows the national flower of Ireland is the Shamrock, but have you noticed how perfectly heart-shaped the leaves are? They are the 20th heart of my 31 Hearts for July :D
"My Dearest Lillian,
I am writing to you today from Ireland...I know...why we did not come here before going to Germany is a mystery to me also. Miss Francesca says we could have swum here from the Isle of Man!
We are visiting the County of Antrim, where it has long been rumoured that a "giant" resides. Richard thinks this stuff and nonsense, but the locals assured us that proof would soon be shown. They say that a Mr Dyer found the remains of one such being whilst prospecting, and has it in safe keeping. We visited the "Giant's Causeway". Again Richard says this is nonsense, and that the attraction is merely a "Geological affectation, caused by ancient volcanic activity". Really! Have you ever seen a volcano in the British Isles?
You know how I so love to walk in beautiful gardens, well the prestigious Belfast Botanical Gardens have this year been opened to the public. Miss Francesca and I took a stroll there this afternoon. It was lovely to see all the children marvelling at the exhibits, and playing on the lawns. Richard was at another of those damnable "footie" matches.
I am so glad that you like the kitten, and that you named her Effie. Now no matter where I am, I will always be with you too.
Yours affectionately, Ophelia xxx"
"My Darling Ophelia,
Feel free to remind Sir Richard that, although Science is a marvellous thing that benefits mankind greatly, Folklore and Imagination are the things that fuel it! This belief in beings greater than ourselves has long held an interest for me. The Irish believe that their nation was once inhabited by Giants. They call them the "Formoiri", and there are many reported cases of remains of Giants being found, Even noted individual such as St Patrick recorded such happenings. And did not the scribes of ancient times write in the Holy Bible of such creatures? Genesis 6:4, and the story of David and Goliath,"Born of the Giant". there is too much anecdotal evidence for Science to just brush this belief aside. Perhaps it would be for the betterment of all, if the men and women of Science looked deeper into such stories. With all their new abilities who knows what they may yet prove?
Apologise if I sound a little terse...I believe I am suffering from what is known as "wedding jitters". I still can't believe that next month I will be Mrs Lillian Harrup!
your adoring friend, Lillian xxx"
Not sorted printer yet so no page again :S
In 1895 Mr Dyer of County Antrim sent his "Fossilised Giant" to Manchester and London, though it mysteriously disappeared before scientists could get a good look at it.
Also, last week Janet said she would like to see a picture of Effie...
(a water colour sketch of Effie by Miss Lillian , the summer before she married Sir Richard)
..then as I was adding this pic it occurred to me she meant the kitten lol...I guess I will just have to work on a post introducing all the Characters with a small biog for each of them :D
Enjoy :D XXX