Amish Country and the Delaware.


And I managed to achieve a balance between work and play. I visited my Uncle Christy and cousin, Peggy in New Jersey and we did two day-trips.

Washing day, Amish country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


The first involved a two-hour drive to Lancaster County to see the Amish community.

My distant-cousin, Bobby Farrell met us and took us around the area. We had a wonderful afternoon in his company.

Monday was washing day and we feasted our eyes on lines of laundry. They were impressive.







The countryside is beautiful, undulating country, with farmsteads stretched before us.  We also had a feast at the “Good and Plenty.”

Amish farmstead

The following day, we visited New Hope, on the Delaware. New Hope is gorgeous, reminiscent of an old English town. And there was a breeze from the Delaware. I had sympathy with George Washington, when he had to make a difficult crossing not far from where I stood.


And there was a very pretty grist mill, I cannot remember where…



About Ann Coughlan

I am a PhD candidate with the School of English, UCC, Ireland. My subject is Frederick Douglass and I am concentrating on his first transatlantic encounter. This blog is a means of remembering and gathering the many wonderful people I have met and opportunities I have taken during the course of my studies. I am married to John for twenty-two years. He underpins this work in the love and support he has showered on me during my PhD journey and he makes a guest appearance in some of the entries. We have two children, Michael, who is studying Physics at UCC and Helena who is studying Agricultural Science at UCD. And Frederick Douglass has been the other man in our lives.

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