Posted: 21/12/2015 at 14:25
They did not all come at once, Lily Pilly and I grew stronger as each one appeared. To begin with I added foster children and later as they grew up French schoolchildren came for the summer and then university students from Ireland and HongKong. I often found myself catering for a dozen or more! The more the merrier was true in our house. One of my grandmothers had twelve children and the other ten so I was used to hordes of cousins, all younger than me so I was chief babysitter. I had three younger siblings too. My mother's motto was "The more you do, the more you can do" so I worked on that.