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Yesterday our family had a great time at the field with Mum. That's her first time going out when she got Shingles. She still has not fully recovered as her head is still aching terribly at times. That's the only thing now. But at her age, it's not easy to stick with such pain. She really doesn't want to go but the kids convinced their Lola to come with us and they succeeded.
After going to the field and living the trailer with the bike, the husband told Mum to stay in the car. He will take her for a drive.
First stop, we took her to the Mill. This is Comber Mill.
Mum worked here for 45 years since she was 17. Her name is written at the top of this chimney. She said that's a new chimney and before it was put up they inscribed their name on it.
This Flax Spinning Mill is erected in 1864 and owned by Andrews Family, Thomas and John Andrews. Thomas Andrews is a shipbuilder and the very one that designs the famous Titanic ship that sank in 1912. They are a prominent family here in Comber.
Mum worked at big machines in the mill. It's a man's job and at that time man's job pays more. She loves working at the mill. She's always been proud when she's telling me all those stories. And in front of the mill is the Andrews Memorial School where my husband went to so he just crossed the road and went to Mum whenever he needs money to buy something. Mum said everyone knows him at the mill. That's also the school where Tia and Jigz go to now.
The Mill has closed for a long time because the government want too much from it and is now a housing village.
Mum hasn't seen the inside of the mill since she left. And she's teary-eyed after. She said she's glad we take her back in there. She knows that it becomes a village and she couldn't believe how many houses in it. It is called Mill Village now.
I thought for a long time that that's Mum's brother because they used to live with them before and my husband is very fond of him as he takes him everywhere when he was young. But she's no relation to Mum. They were neighbours before but Uncle Jackie was a family to them. Mum told so many good stories about him. When he died, we were in Thailand and my husband was upset that he cannot go home at that time.
This is at Killinchy Non Subscring Presbyterian Church. The building was erected in 1846.
After that, we took her to Whiterock Bay and Sketrick Island.
After that, we went to see her old school. And the dam where they throw their money in because when they were young their Granny not allowed them to accept money from anyone so not to get in trouble they throw it in the dam which is not visible at that time. Mum just point where it is.
When we pass a field we saw a big white swan. We watch it there wondering what it was eating coz it seems like it's enjoying a grub.
Then we head home as it's getting dark and the kids have to take shower to go to school.
Mum was tired but happy that she went out to see the places that were close to her heart. She enjoyed her wee day out and next time I will make sure we get out again together. This Saturday we're going to take her to Ford's Car Show in Bangor. Mum loves cars! She will love that.