I woke this morning with mixed feelings. Excitement of getting to see another castle and some sadness because this was the last day that I would get to spend with my family. We all got up and ate breakfast, Seneatha playing the chef and cooking eggs all around — well for those who wanted them. I got a basic kids plate, because I was having toast and one egg, she asked if that’s the plates that we were eating on and I was like, ‘yeah I am’. So she grabbed one for the next egg that came up, which was Riley’s…so Riley ate off of a Hello Kitty plate. It was humorous to me. :)
After getting us all fed and bathroom break done, we headed out. It was almost ten, but we were still doing good. We headed to Carrickfergus Castle. It sits up on the shore, just northeast of Belfast. It was a really cool castle. They had figures set throughout the castle of people that would be there, and their stories. We had the opportunity to walk throughout the castle, watch a couple of videos in the tv room (while waiting for the rain/wind to calm down some), and to say the we have been to a castle.
When we were in the gift shop we asked the ladies there where a good place to eat would be, that would have authentic food, they sent us to Sozo’s and then onto O’Neils Bakery…two VERY good selections. After eating, and as we were walking down to the ‘nice’ bakery (the ladies at the castle told us to pass up the first one because they weren’t ‘nice’…meaning their food wasn’t as good); we stopped at a goodwill and I purchased some tea cups for my mom and a skirt for myself. It was a great time!
After leaving Carrickfergus, we headed into Banbridge to hit a couple of shops and then to go to the American Outlet to pick up some tea pots and tea. It’s a very cute little town, this is the closest place to Riley and Tara that has a bank and other stores that they can shop (their village only has a corner supermarket w/ a post office in it). I found a couple of shawl type things, and a ‘tea for one’ thing that ‘I couldn’t live without’…so I made some final purchases before heading back to the house to pack and get ready for church.
After arriving home, Seneatha and I packed. Then we went down to play with the kids while Tara finished dinner. We set the table and had supper then headed off to church. Bro. MacFarland’s pastor from Florida was there, he preached on ‘Authentic Christianity’. It was a good service. Afterwards we talked to the church members before heading home to weigh our bags (with Bro. Mac’s scales) and to finish getting everything done and prepared for tomorrow.