Katie Morag and the Family Tree Katie Morag


Katie Morag and the Family Tree

Live-action children's show set in Scotland. Katie Morag is working on a family tree for a school project.


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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay

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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the seat to Struay. #

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'My name is Katie Morag McColl and I live on the island of Struay.

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'I suppose it's quite wee, but it's ginormous to me,

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'and everyone looks out for me

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'when I'm out and about having my adventures.'

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# Katie Morag. #

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My teacher, Mr Mackie, loves giving us projects.

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And the latest one sounded really fun.

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He wanted everyone in the class to draw a family tree,

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with a different branch for each of our relations.

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I thought it would be simple, but that was before I started.

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I knew all the easy ones, like grannies and grandads

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and big boy cousins.

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But there are other people, whose names I just couldn't remember.

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What I really needed was some help.

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Katie Morag? There's a letter here for Granny Island,

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from Australia.

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Will you take it over for me?

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And Granny Island was the perfect person to help me.

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Oh-ho-ho-ho, yes! I remember.

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Och, you and Issy were so sweet.

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Always playing together.

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Hello, Granny Island.

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I got a let...ter for you, all the way from Australia.

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Oh, well. It's probably from my cousin, Elspeth.

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This must be Katie Morag.

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Oh, Katie Morag, this is Donald John Cameron,

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he used to live on Struay a long, long time ago.

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Delighted to meet ya.

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You don't sound like you're from Struay.

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Ah, that's because I left when I was, er, about your age.

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We went to live in Canada, in a town called Vancouver.

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Oh, I remember us all saying goodbye to you at the pier.

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Oh, what's that you're carrying, Katie Morag?

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'I didn't really want to show it,

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'because so far, my family tree only went as far as Struay,

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'which wasn't very far at all.'

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Oh? Rather not, eh?

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KATIE SIGHS We're doing a family tree for school.

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Oh, now, would you look at that!

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Donald John has come all the way from Canada

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to do exactly the same thing!

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He wants to find out all about his ancestors.

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Mine's not very good.

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I don't have anyone on it from Australia, or Canada.

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Well, let's see if we can find somebody else to add to it,

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shall we?

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Granny Island knew so much about our families,

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I don't know how she managed to remember it all.

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Before I knew it, my family tree was a family forest.

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Are all these people related to me?

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And that's only the half of it!

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I forgot to give Katie Morag the new glow plug for your tractor.

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Issy!

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I'd know that face anywhere.

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Donald John?

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Why, is it really you?

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He's just arrived over from Canada.

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You look well, Issy! As bonny as ever.

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Your mum and Donald John went to the same primary school.

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She cried for a week after he left for Canada.

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Er, that will do, Mum.

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A week? I cried for a month, ha-ha!

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Oh, well, you must come over and have tea with us

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and meet Peter and the rest of the family.

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That would be nice.

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So, er, I guess I'd better get going.

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Nice to see you, Issy.

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OK, Don-Joe.

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You could have warned me!

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LAUGHTER 'I love it when people come for tea,

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'Because Dad always serves up a yummy-licious spread.

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'But this particular tea-time was a little different.'

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It's not polite to stare, Katie Morag.

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(But your hair's gone all funny!) 'And it wasn't just her hair.

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'Mr Cameron kept making jokes and Mum kept laughing at them.'

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What do you call a sheep with no head and no legs?

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-A cloud!

-Ha-ha-ha!

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'Even ones that weren't funny!'

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Hey! Don-Joe should come camping with us up

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at Lobster Point tomorrow!

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-Oh, no, I don't want to intrude.

-Fair enough!

-No, really, it's f...

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No, really. We go up there quite a lot, don't we, Peter?

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It's our favourite camping place.

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Well, if you're sure?

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I was going to take a hiking trip up there as part of my family research.

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'Even Dad started acting weirdly.

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'I couldn't work out WHY he wanted to dress up,

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'he's absolutely fine the way he is.'

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What do you think?

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That bad, eh?

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Back in a minute.

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Er, No!

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Isabel?

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'And we charged through the woods...'

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ISOBEL LAUGHS

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-'Ah, and see over there?'

-'Uh-huh.'

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'That's where we go.'

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Everything all right, Peter?

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Only I couldn't help noticing a familiar fragrance,

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something fresh with a hint of mystery!

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And would that be a groovy new shirt you're wearing?

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You think it's groovy?

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Is there something you want to tell me?

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Isobel's friend, Donald John.

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Ah, yes.

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He's very nice, and all,

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but he keeps going on about the big company he runs in Vancouver

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and his fancy boat and all the countries he's visited.

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And?

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And here I am, still living on Struay, still running a shop.

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I know plenty of people who took the fast lane,

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ended up living the high life in Inveraray and Oban.

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These places burn a man out by the time he's 50!

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You're far better off here in Struay where the air is sharp

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and the water's fresh and folk can hear themselves thinking.

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I'm not sure that Isobel would agree.

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Of course she would agree, man.

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She's got everything a person could need.

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You reckon?

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She's got you and your little family and all of us.

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That's far better than any fancy big boat.

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BABY SQUALLS

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'Donald John said he wanted to go surfing.

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'And Dad said he would go, too.

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'He'd never done it before,

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'but he reckoned it wouldn't be that hard to learn.'

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Never mind, Peter. It just takes a little bit of practice.

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'It was all a bit peculiar. But if I didn't know better,

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'I'd even say that Dad was pretending to be someone else.

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'I don't think I'll ever understand grown-ups.'

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Would you like a match?

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No, thank you.

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Are you sure?

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I said no, thank you!

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Ahh!

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'After we had supper,

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'Dad and Mr Cameron had a look at the old ruined croft.

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'It looked to me like Mr Cameron was sad about something.'

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I always imagined I'd come back here one day,

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rebuild this place and settle down.

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Rebuild this place?

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Get married, raise a family.

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Why would you rebuild THIS place?

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Eh? Well, because it belonged to my family.

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-No, it didn't.

-Sure it did.

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It belonged to my great-great-grandfather.

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It belonged to MY great-great-grandfather.

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Everyone knows that.

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Afraid you're mistaken there.

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Er, afraid I'm not.

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-You are.

-I'm not.

-You are.

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-Not.

-You are.

-I'm NOT!

-You are...

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'And on and on they went, until it was nearly dark.

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'I couldn't help wondering why they were arguing about something

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-'that isn't even THERE any more.'

-..You are!

-Not!

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'The next day, I went along to

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'Granny Island's to finish off my family tree.

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'We even got as far back as my great-great granny,

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'Granny Two-Teeth.'

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What happened to all the rest of her teeth?

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Too much of a liking for treacle toffees, I believe.

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What's troubling you?

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Do you think Dad likes Mr Cameron?

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Why do you ask?

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Dad turned all weird, as if he wants to do everything Mr Cameron can do.

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Ah, well, it's a funny thing, isn't it?

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Sometimes when people are a bit different to us,

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it makes us feel, och, a wee bit unsettled.

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Jealous, even.

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And Mr Cameron, what about him?

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Well, I think he might feel a bit the same.

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Even more so, but your dad can't see that, yet.

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-I thought they'd never met before.

-Who?

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Dad and Mr Cameron.

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Oh-ho-ho! Would you look at that!

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'Mr Mackie asked Mr Cameron to come to the school to do a talk

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'on his life in Canada and about the family research he'd been doing.

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'It was really interesting.'

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And these are the ruins of a cottage

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that my great-great grandfather used to live in.

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-I object!

-Peter!

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That cottage belonged to MY great-great-grandfather!

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-No, it didn't!

-Yes, it did!

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-No, it didn't!

-Yes, it did.

-Didn't!

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As a matter of fact, you're both wrong.

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And you're also both right.

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Take a look at this. Katie Morag found it.

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You see, Peter's great-grandfather

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and Donald John's great-grandfather were brothers.

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Now, that means that the great-great-grandfather

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was the exact same person!

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Which means...

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We're cousins!

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Second cousins! Four times removed, actually.

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But who's counting.

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This is amazing.

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There are not many places on Earth as beautiful

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as where we are right now.

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Hmmm. I suppose I see it so often, I sometimes take it for granted.

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I spent a long time looking for the next big thing, Peter.

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Never satisfied with what I have, always moving, moving on.

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Must get very tiring, after a while?

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I never realised until right now,

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that what I was searching for wasn't in front of me,

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it was behind me.

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My perfect childhood, right here, on this island.

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I suppose I got lucky.

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Peter! Can you come and read Liam his bedtime story?

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OK, sweetheart.

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Well, here's to good fortune.

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Long may it continue.

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Slainte!

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'Eventually, the time came to say goodbye to Donald John.

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'Or, cousin Don-Joe, as we call him now.'

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Bye, little Issy.

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And it was really great to meet you and the little 'uns, Katie Morag.

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Until next we meet.

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You know, I'm really sorry to be leaving this place.

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But it won't go so long until I'm back.

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'So everyone was happy.

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'Mum was happy because she had found her childhood friend again.

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'Dad was happy because he had an interesting new cousin,

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'though he said he wouldn't swap lives with him

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'for all the porridge in Portree.

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'That night, Sacha, Agnes and me

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'got a giant map and stuck our names in all the different places

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'our relations lived, and we nearly ran out off flags!

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'And that was just the ones we knew about.

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'Struay may only be a little place,

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'but our family trees cover the whole, entire world.'

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Katie Morag is working on a family tree for a school project. A visit from Isobel's childhood friend from Canada reminds the McColls of how important family is, both at home and away.


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