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Have been over in Northern Ireland for a couple of days, celebrating my great-aunt’s 90th birthday.

A huge family affair. She and two of her siblings had four children each, and all twelve of the second generation were gathered together yesterday for the first time since my great-grandmother’s 90th, back in 1977. My great-aunt herself has no grandchildren, but her eight nephews and nieces all have between two and four children each, and there was a decent representation from the second generation, as well as other family and friends. Many were people I had not met before, or not since I was very small, and it was great catching up with / getting to know the distant relatives.

The only representative of the third generation enjoyed the beautiful weather as much as the rest of us, but largely found his own entertainment.

Glorious weather, and all great fun.

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