ruly one of our favourite Greystones people, we are deeply saddened to hear this morning that Nan Avery has passed.
In tribute, we’re jumping back five years, to the lady’s entry to My Greystones, first published in 2015…
Nan Avery – or Norah Anne Avery, to give you the full name on the arrest warrant – seems to have life sussed.
She lives in a beautiful part of Greystones, having brought up, alongside her late husband, Harold, a rather beautiful batch of kids, and her average day now, as then, is made up entirely of doing things that make her happy. Which is pretty much the key to any good life.
Mind you, it took Nan Avery a few years to find her own little slice of heaven here. The former Ms Rycroft made the move from Cheshire, England to Greystones 44 years ago, the first ten years for the Avery clan was spent living down at the harbour before the family packed their bags and moved to The Turnpike. Three burglaries later, and it was Greystones’ cutest cul-de-sac, La Touche Close, its back garden neighbouring with the railway line. And therefore hard for dirtbags to reach.
Only trouble was, the Averys were on the dark side of the street. So, Nan being a sun lover, the family had to move one last time. To the house right across the street. Finally, here, with a sun-drenched garden, Goldilocks had found a home that was just right.
And such an Escher-esque journey to that perfect home means Nan Avery fits right in on La Touche Close, which should really be called Milliners’ Row, given the amount of mad hatters who live down there.
That sweet house on La Touche Close is also positioned, rather handily, right in the centre of Nan’s world, being a scone’s throw from the Holy Rosary Church and only a quick shuffle over to Bochelli’s for a quick glass of Merlot. Ah, you can’t beat a little blood of Christ in the late afternoon. Followed by a little flutter on the horses.
Throw in some bridge, some yoga, some flower arranging, those morning swims, the odd tipple with Marie Padley, and a regular discussion with Paddy Roche over The Irish Times crossword, and you’ve got yourself a life balance that would make the Dalai Lama green with envy.
Then again, Nan Avery is clearly a woman who likes to keep busy. Despite the fact that she spent many a year searching for that perfect Greystones home, there was the little matter of she and hubby Harold bringing up four rather wonderful kids – namely Nick, Andy and the dynamic duo that is Liz and Louise. That love of family stretched all the way to this wonderful woman’s adopted home too, Nan becoming captain of the Greystones Golf Club and commodore of the Greystones Sailing Club.
And at the tender young age of 81, Nan Avery shows no signs of slowing down, as eager as ever to be involved in the community, and happiest when she’s out and about in the bustle of everyday Greystones.
So, a beautiful woman, inside and out. And the fact that she always had good tips for that afternoon’s race at Fairyhouse made Nan Avery pretty much perfect…
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