27 October Thursday
There is a new book. The cover of the book is taped up in the window of the shop along with a telephone number to ring if we want to buy a copy. The title of the book is The Rabbit Industry in Ireland. I did not have my glasses with me so I could not read the short descriptive text about it but I shall be sure to take my glasses with me the next time I go to the shop. There are plenty of rabbits here but I never knew they were abundant enough to constitute an industry.
26 October Wednesday
Last October we were presented with The Rounding Off. The government decided that the costs involved in producing 1 and 2 cent coins exceeded their value. It was decided that prices and change would henceforth be rounded to the nearest 5 cent. There would still be some 1 and 2 cent coins floating around and people could still use them. They could still request their proper change not rounded off to the nearest 5 cent. Most people were happy to see the end of the small coins. This summer the cost of a postage stamp for an inland letter went up to 72 cent. This price presents an ongoing dilemma at the post office counter. The post mistress cannot charge 75 cent for a 72 cent stamp. Giving change which no one wants or simply giving away the 72 cent stamp for 70 cent makes the raising of the price completely redundant. I am most bothered by the use of the word cent in the singular. I would be happier for it to be plural, when it is anything other than 1 cent.
25 October Tuesday
It is now common knowledge. Everyone repeats it. Everyone repeats it as if it has always been a fact but I do not know if it was always such an irrefutable fact. Everyone says that it is imperative to eat honey which has been produced as near to your own home as is possible. It is important if one is ill with cancer or with a cold, or recovering from surgery. It is important to eat local honey as one is aging. It might have indeed always been true but I do not think every single person knew it and repeated it and believed it. Mrs. Hally is one person who does not subscribe to this theory. For as many years as anyone can remember she has been eating Manuka Honey from New Zealand at 40 euro for a small jar. She eats it daily. I do not know how much Maunuka Honey she eats. It might be a tablespoon full or it might be more than that. Mrs. Hally is 98 years old. She is known to be A Fresh Woman. Especially for her age. She looks well. Each week, the pharmacist asks her for the secret of her glowing skin. The pharmacist wants to know whether it is the Manuka Honey or the Lancôme Face Cream which keeps Mrs. Hally looking so fresh.
24 October Monday
It is one of those mornings where it might remain grey and white and shadowless all day but it might burst out and become a bright sunny afternoon which means it will be nearly impossible to stay indoors even while almost of the things to be done are all needing doing indoors. How the days weather evolves affects everything. It is an issue for today and for every recent day. With the shorter hours of light and the colder mornings, it is difficult not to be seduced by these unseasonably mild afternoons. Suddenly emptying the compost or picking apples or even loading up for a trip to the dump are all pleasant chores. Moving old branches or cutting back the willow herb, whatever the job, everything is pleasant. Chores are still chores but it is 24 October and if the morning clears it may again be good to be outside doing one thing while looking around at everything and anything else that might need doing. Tommie told me that people in the town go out for drives on a good day as they do not want to be inside and they have no outside to be out in unless they are out for a drive, but then they are not really outside because they are inside a motorcar. He said they are not outside anyway. They are only out of the house.
21 October Friday
In my vocabulary, dote has always been a verb. Someone who is doting upon another person lavishes them with love and uncritical attention. The person doing the doting usually choses not to see any fault whatsoever in the object of their affection. The one doting can dote with infinite adoration upon their treasured person. Around here, the word Dote is more commonly used as a noun. A cute person is A Dote. Someone sweet and adorable is called A Dote. Or they might be called A Real Dote. A Dote can be a grown person or a child, or it can just as easily be a dog.