One of the nefarious downsides of getting older is the inability to lift your head and take stock, or live in the moment. My father is the same (and so too I suspect was his father). It comes, I believe, from a desire to get on and get things done, whatever they may be. This means that when the alleged Irish summer begins to take its leave, and the days start to shorten, the oft-heard lament is “where has the year gone?”
Consequently, after a period of a few weeks of (on the whole) fairly decent weather, rain has made a return and made my ditch building progress stutter a little.
Having taken a few days off with my son before school holidays ended, I’ve been taking him camping, days on Newcastle and Murlough beach and a day at the http://www.taytopark.ie/ theme park in Co Meath. Aside from that and gaining a promotion in work, its been a busy, but fairly typical couple of weeks for me.
3m break done on what turned out to be a fab Saturday that stayed dry throughout
got lazy approaching completion and tipped a digger-bucket load of fill stones on top to complete
my buddy Scoop – 1980 JCB 3C – with the Leyland engine
Scoop has a persistent and increasingly serious oil leak from his offside rear stabiliser ram ( jack leg) that will require attention soon. Likely knackered seals. Other than that he’s been a faithful workhorse, given his longevity.
Being a typical bloke, I enjoy a beer, although the past number of years Ive found myself enjoying numerous craft beers from the local area. I know the image of such is a bit pretentious, but honestly as I get older, I want to enjoy what I drink, and I like trying new things. As an aside to this, I’m extremely fond of trying new ciders, two of note are kilmegan cider and Orchard Thieves the former crafted less than 2 miles from where I type this. The latter, while not really local (marketed and based in Co Cork, apples from all over the place really), its been cleverly marketed to give a rural Irish appeal (in my opinion anyway). Even if cider isn’t your thing, I’d advise giving them a go, Kilmegan being the stronger, more mature taste, and obviously being from the locale, I’d plump for it anyway 🙂
**/disclaimer – I’m not promoting either, unless they want to send me several cases each, for detailed evaluation //disclaimer.