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Pergola (Peat), Margaret A.

Dear Alistair I enjoy your letters very much and love the childrens stories which I read to my granddaughter. I also like looking up recipes and mince n' tatties are a favourite.

I came to New York City in 1960 as a Nanny. I really wanted to go to Australia but my mother didn't know anybody there and I had a cousin in Rochester New York so it was alright for me to come here. The first time she came to visit me and I sent her to see my cousin she said if she had known how far away Rochester was from where I was she never would have let me come. I was eighteen when I came here and found it quite daunting I was afraid of my shadow and all that strange food especially the Italian food Calamari, Eggplant, scungilli. It took me a few years to even try the stuff. But I am married to a man of Italian descent and can cook and eat as well as any Italian. I made lots of friends and now live in Long Island and have two children and four grandchildren. And go back home once or twice a year. My Husband still doesn't get, Scotland is my home even although I have been here 45yrs. I was born in Balfour St Maryhill and moved to Vaila St Cadder I have four sisters who live in Cumbernauld. My Maiden name is Peat.

                                Hope this is the kind of letter you were asking for
                                                      Margaret A. Pergola(Peat).

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