When we first arrived here in Limerick there was a couple who were taking the lessons from the the Elders who lived close to us called the Haxhiaj. There were from Albania and had lived here in Ireland for about 10 years. They had two sons and attended church every Sunday. They are a very nice family and we all had hopes that they would be baptized. For some reason they decided not to and we have tried to remain their friends since. They came over to our place Friday evening and we had a nice visit over at their place, it is a short walk. They invited us to supper Saturday and we had a wonderful meal and had a nice visit with them. They are leaving for Albania for a holiday next week for a month and we volunteered to look after their yard for them. He is a gardener and their yard is beautiful so I hope we do a good job.
This was moves week in the mission and we had lots of changes take place in our district. We found out on Monday morning that both Sister Fechser who was staying here and Sister Plummer, from Cork, were getting new missionaries so had to travel to Edinburgh. Sister Plummer was also being transferred to Scotland to open up a new area so the sisters were being pulled from Cork. So they had to travel to Cork on Monday and close the apartment and then start travelling on to Edinburgh. So we drove them to Cork and helped them clean out the apartment there. It had to be deep cleaned and all missionary things removed. Needless to say we spent the day cleaning. It needed lot of work. We got them on the bus to Dublin and then drove home to Limerick. It was a long day! We have never been to Cork before but didn't get a chance to see any of it this trip, maybe next time.
We usually do the cleaning of our house and laundry etc. on Mondays so we had to move those chores to Tuesday this week because of our trip to Cork. There was a baptism on Tuesday evening which we attended. Maurene played the organ as usual but I was recruited to lead the music. I haven't done that in a long time but I muddled my way through! We also said goodbye to Elder Salinas who is headed to Belfast and Elder Trease who is going to Dublin. They left right after the baptism. On Friday we welcomed Sister Fechser back from Edinburgh with her new companion Sister Weber who is from Germany. We picked them up at the bus depot and then took them to get groceries. We enjoy helping out the sisters when we can.
The people who own the property we live in are great. Whenever we have a problem, they look after it right away. They came over on Thursday morning to repair a kerosene leak in the boiler and we had a good visit with them. They said we are great tenants so that was nice to hear. Later that day we had the opportunity to visit a beach that is directly west of here called Ballybunion. It was a really nice spot with nice sandy beaches and clean water although the water was very cold. It is the North Atlantic after all. On one side of this rocky outcropping with Castle Green on it is the women's beach and on the other side is the men's beach. It must go back to an earlier time when men and women couldn't bathe together.
I continue to go out three mornings a week and go for a run. I go to the Parkrun every Saturday morning when I am able and do the 5km run there. It is a beautiful course along the Shannon River and it is nice to get out with other people and enjoy nature and a run. It is even more enjoyable now that the weather is getting better. This past Saturday was a great morning, sunny and warm and completely calm. So after the run I took a few photos of the trails and the river.
On Saturday we decided to go back and do some shopping at the Milk Market in city centre. We went there soon after we arrived here in Limerick and haven't been back since and we had a great time there. There were lots of vendors of all kinds of items with lots of fresh produce and a variety of foods. It was a very busy place and we ran into Elder Ensign who finished his mission this past week, it was quite a surprise. His parents came to pick him up and he was showing them around Ireland. They attended church in Limerick on Sunday.
We are almost finished our Foundations of the Restoration course for Institute. We held a class this week and have two more before the course is finished. At Family Home Evening last night we had two new YSA attend for the first time and had four altogether. To finish off the post this week, here are some photos of some roses from our yard and some other flowers from around Limerick.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.