We were so thrilled on Sunday to have Kailey and Caleb join us here in Limerick for a few days. After a good nights rest we started our adventure with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. It was the usual very busy summer day but we enjoyed our visit there very much. The weather was fantastic, a sunny day with not very much wind, a perfect day for the cliffs!
After the cliffs we drove to Lehinch where we had lunch at a little restaurant in the town and then spent some time walking on the beach. The waves were very high and it looked like they had had a storm there. We then drove down to Spanish Point beach and spent a lot of time looking in the tidal pools. On our way back to Limerick we stopped to explore the Clare Abbey just outside of Ennis. It was a full day but we had great weather and really enjoyed ourselves.
The next day we started off at King John's Castle where Kailey helped Maurene pick out gifts for family members to bring home with us when we have completed our mission. When we were finished there we travelled to Craggaunowen. We had a really good visit there and one of the interpreters at one of the villages did a great job talking about what life was like for the ancient Irish who lived in those places. After our walk in the woods we stopped for a lunch of soup and scones in the little house they have turned into a cafe. We then drove out to Askeaton and visited the castle and the Franciscan Friary. From there we travelled across country to Adare and spent most of our time visiting the shops. In the evening we drove up to Lough Gur to visit the ancient stone circle. Caleb really enjoyed this place and it was amazing to think that people 4000 years ago could move rocks that big into place. To finish off the day we picked up kebabs for supper at the Istanbul. They were delicious!
We drove Kailey and Caleb to Dublin on Wednesday morning to catch their flight to Glasgow to continue their holiday. It was great to see them and sad to see them leave but we will see them again soon enough.
We spent the best part of the next couple of days packing and getting things ready for our move to Omagh next Monday. We had a nice visit with our landlady and her husband on Friday evening. They came over to say goodbye and thank us for being such good tenants. They gave us a nice gift of some Galway crystal and a box of chocolates. They are such nice people and are happy that they church is going to keep renting this house although it will be empty for a while.
The Reimers came down to Limerick on Saturday from Galway and took us out for lunch to have a visit and say goodbye. We have enjoyed their friendship and it was nice to have another couple close by to share district meetings with. In the evening the YSA came over for a get together at our place. We played games and ate ice cream sundaes and had a nice time visiting. They put together a nice scrapbook for us with photos and messages from most of them. Both sets of missionaries came over too and it was great to have them there.
Both Maurene and I gave talks in Sacrament meeting at church and we took the opportunity to say good bye to the members of the branch. It was difficult to say goodbye, we have made many good friends here especially among the YSA. We are looking forward to our new assignment but it is difficult to leave when we have been in Limerick for almost a year.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.