Newcastle, Co. Down, Ireland, May 2009
Back in those days this blog wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye, so unfortunately, I have no photos of these blooms from home. Instead, I shall sprinkle this post with a few pictures that I took last Sunday in honor of May’s Bloom Day.
It was also the first time I noticed just how optimistic the Irish are. As I shivered my way around high street shops, I noticed that the clothes on the racks were more suitable for hot summers and Tropical climates. Where were the layers of sheep’s wool sweaters to keep these ‘poor creathurs’ warm in the summer rain?
That wasn’t the first time I experienced weird rain Karma. In 2003, I toured the Australian Outback – they’d had years of drought – no rain at all. We weren’t even allowed to flush the toilets for Number Ones! I was there a day – and it rained…And Rained…AND RAINED! At least we were permitted to flush the loo!
After the rain on Sunday, my poor husband, who was trying to finish off a few bits and pieces of the irrigation system (in the rain – go figure!) called me out with the camera to take pictures of the rain drops. As an Irish person, I’ve probably never appreciated rain as much as I do now, in California.