If it was any better it would be wrong
24 March Thursday
My friend Marianne will celebrate her birthday on the 26th. Today is the 24th. There is no way I can get a birthday card to her. Ordinarily something sent today should reach someone elsewhere in the Republic by the next day. Tomorrow is Good Friday. The country is closed for business on Good Friday. The next day is Saturday. We never have postal deliveries on a Saturday. That has nothing to do with Easter. Then there is Easter Sunday followed by Easter Monday, which is another holiday. If I rush to put a card into the post for Marianne today, she might receive it on Tuesday the 29th, but most likely, what with the holiday and all, it will not arrive in her post box until Wednesday which is the 30th. Wicklow is a two and three-quarter hour drive from here. In the number of days it would take a card to get to her I could walk there and deliver it in person. I am still struggling with this cold. I do not feel up to walking to Wicklow. I do not even feel up to driving to Wicklow. I do not even feel up to making a card. I think I shall simply make a phone call on the day.
23 March Wednesday
A fox walked by the window this morning. I was standing right there as he strolled along looking left and right. I was only a few feet from him but he was oblivious. I was inside and he was outside. He was a big fox. He was much bigger than the young one who was on the table the other day. This fox was a deep dark red colour and his tail had a dark almost black tip at the end. This fox was big and muscular. This fox sauntered.
22 March Tuesday
Ned was well pleased with his work. He said “If it was any better it would be wrong.”
21 March Monday
I have been up and down from my bed for the last three days. Mostly I have been sleeping. This cold has completely knocked me out. It is a terrible one. At one point this morning, I got up and walked through the house. I was only going to the bathroom and fetching more water for myself. There was a lot to see. Joe’s cows were in the field. Looking out the kitchen door, I saw two pheasants pecking in the gravel. Through another window, a young fox was up on the table eating stale bread with his head thrown back. Out the big windows the robins and tits were clustered around eating peanuts from the hanging feeders. Just above them, the white farm cat was sunning herself on the Galtee tower. The birds did not know that the cat was so close and the cat did not know the birds were so close. They were all busy with their own activities. It all seemed to be going on. The sun was bright and daffodils are blooming. It is very cold but everything looks like spring. I was pleased to see all of the creatures out and about but I was most happy to crawl back into my bed.
17 March Patrick’s Day
It was late afternoon when we stopped at the shop on our way to take a walk. The village held the deep silence of a bank holiday. There was no one around but the shop was open. A table just inside the door had various Patrick’s Day decorations as well as thematic pies and cakes for sale. Everything was green and orange. The table looked pretty well gone over. I think most everyone who wanted to buy something for the national day had already done so. A plastic rectangular container was half full of water. In the morning it must have been full of shamrock for people to pin on to a coat or a lapel. I do not know if the tiny shamrock bunches were being given away or if they were free. At this end of the day, the remaining greenery was waterlogged and sitting under water in the bottom of the plastic container. It was not even floating.