The weather here in the Irish midlands the last day or so hasn’t been stereotypically Irish, at least not for this time of year. The sun has been shining, the mid-day temps have been bearable, and the rain has held off for longer than I was expecting.
Ireland feels like a different country when we’ve got those blue skies; people are in better moods and the general atmosphere is much more positive. Of course, when it does happen we can’t help but talk about said weather which gives rise to another Irish stereotype, but that’s a topic for another day.
And while living in a small, ever increasingly dilapidated town does have it’s downsides, it does come with its fair share up upsides, too, and yesterday I took advantage of the small footprint of good old Tullamore and got out into the countryside.
Getting outside in this town is easy, and a short 10 minute cycle along the grand canal later I was in the thick of the countryside. All I did was sit, basking in the “glorious” sunshine, and watch the birds wash themselves in the water, saying hello to other people who figured it’d be a good day to get outside, too.
For us Irish, Ireland doesn’t often show us it’s good side; we end up comparing it to other places we’ve been and feel that in more ways than not we are a little hard done by. But just like a relationship that’s past the initial phases, the beauty is there, it’s just looks a little different now. So while it’s easy to forget that, to gloss over the positives that come with the nature of this island, I was happy to spend a few minutes yesterday just taking it all in.
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.
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