We also stayed with cousins on the other side of the family - more wonderful hospitality!
It's so good to catch up on news, and with a year between visits, and a gap of around forty years before we started going back over, there is a lot to catch up on.
These cousins live in a more rural part of the country, in a farmhouse.
With a farmhouse kitchen - again a living/dining/kitchen. From this Aga comes another endless stream of delicious food - fresh fish, huge joints of lamb, eggs, bacon, toasted wheaten bread, potato farls...
Am I jealous? Hmm. And with this view from the kitchen window, who would ever feel the lack of a dishwasher? It's a far cry from suburbia.
We stayed the night, and work to the sight of scores of swallows flitting between the trees in the paddock outside our window.
After a hearty breakfast we got back into the car (which was heavily laden with a great sack of firewood in the boot from their own woodpile) and travelled across the country to our next port of call.