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A por­phyry keep­sake

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ATRIP to Ire­land closed last week with an ex­hil­a­rat­ing visit to Lam­bay. The sea cross­ing was de­light­ful and the cas­tle quite as mag­i­cal as I re­mem­bered it from a pre­vi­ous visit a few years ago. On that oc­ca­sion, I had re­turned with a small piece of the is­land’s green por­phyry as a keep­sake. It was al­most im­me­di­ately lost to the chil­dren, how­ever, who en­gorged it within the chaos of their toys. I never thought to see it again.

En­thus­ing about the trip on my re­turn home, I was sur­prised to dis­cover that the chil­dren— who have never set eyes on Lam­bay—knew ex­actly where I had been. Not only that, but one of them im­me­di­ately pro­duced the por­phyry. I was as­tounded and in­wardly wished that they could lay their hands on plim­solls, bal­let bags and home­work equally eas­ily.

Catch­ing up on news, I dis­cov­ered that the fam­ily had been en­joy­ing dra­matic ad­ven­tures of its own. A highlight dur­ing my ab­sence was an ac­ci­dent with a wa­ter pis­tol. It ap­par­ently in­volved a sun­bather in the Diana Me­mo­rial Foun­tain at Hyde Park and an at­tempt to cre­ate the ef­fect of rain. The vic­tim had been very good­hu­moured, but I was deeply re­lieved to have missed the episode. JG

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