Gudrun and Lena

My second last post was about meeting my Uncle and Aunts, on my first trip to my parents' homeland; Austria.  This time I want to write about my cousin Gudrun and her daughter, Lena.  I had known them both through their prolific Facebook posts, and now in person I learned (to quote Wernhard, another cousin I met for the first time yesterday,  they are real).

Gudrun was just so lovely, warm and I think a bit overwhelmed.  Lena was a retiring, but clearly confident girl who has inherited her mother's strength.  I loved the proud way Gudrun showed my sister and I through her mother's 700 year old house, that was also, of course, where my mother grew up.  I shot lots of detail shots for my mum.

Thanks Gudrun and Lena - it was a family unification that I will treasure.