Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Joy and sadness
However, tragically, our visit was hugely overshadowed by the death on Saturday morning of my Aunt Kathleen after a short illness.
Kathleen - an incredibly kind and generous woman - was 72 and, whilst her passing wasn't unexpected, it was no sadder for this.
Funerals in Northern Ireland take place much more quickly than in Britain and I had originally thought it would be held yesterday before we left.
But, for logistical reasons, the date was moved back 24 hours to this afternoon, meaning I was unable to make it, although I did visit the house prior to our departure.
Losing a sister has understandably hit my father very hard.
But the chance to spend some time with his latest granddaughter undoubtedly did some good.
Normal service will be resumed here tomorrow.