|In the pub garden at Banbury|
I met the "girls" at their apartment off Oxford Street at Marble Arch (how central), and we set off, on Ray's advice to Marylebone Railway station where we caught a train to Banbury an hour and a quarter from London in Oxfordshire, north.
|Arriving at Banbury by train|
Shirley and Ray shared their memories, and it seemed that Ray's parents and aunts were very concerned about what had happened to Shirley after her mother had died of kidney failure in 1942.
Like many men, her father was not family minded and Shirley was brought up by his parents, and contact was lost with her mother's family. So it was not until 2009 until the jigsaw was completed.
Shirley was four and a half in this photo. She reminds me of Elizabeth's daughter Carolina who I met just last week in Orange County.
How serendipitous that Shirley and her daughters from Florida and Tennessee were in London at the same time I was!
|Ray reading about John Rose 1805-1884|
Tomorrow I'm joining my girl cousins for a tour of the Tower of London. After that I shall try and see the Dickens Exhibition at the London Museum. They fly home on Saturday, and I'm off to Sussex to revisit my second cousin Linda on the other side of my dad's family.