Spring 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It’s 9 p.m., but not yet dark.  She remembers Scotland, two years ago:  spending an evening in Edinburgh, taking the bus back to Bonnyrigg, arriving past 10 p.m., and still having enough light to walk back to the castle.  She was always alone in these Edinburgh jaunts, but never afraid.

She’s been in Ireland four days and learned some things:  a “kill” is a wood.  Sinn Fein stands for “we ourselves.”  It’s pronounced Shin, not Sin.

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is SPRING.

It has rained most of the day, but that only means the Irish countryside will be even more lush and green tomorrow.  For which, self will now load a picture of herself in the brightest, happiest mode possible:

Self in happy mode:  This was probably taken at the Negros Museum Café in Bacolod.

Self in happy mode: This was probably taken at the Negros Museum Café in Bacolod.  She only wears clothes that bright when she is in Bacolod!

Here is another picture that breathes of spring to self, even though it was taken in June (technically, summer), two years ago.  She was in Hawthornden.  Which has the same layered greenery of foliage as Ireland:

On the Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

On the Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

And here’s a shot taken at home in California.  Those are cherries.  Mmmm, self can eat through a pound a day:

The local farmers markets start up in the spring:  Redwood City's had just started up again, two weeks before she left for Ireland.

The local farmers markets start up in the spring: Redwood City’s had just started up again, two weeks before she left for Ireland.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

An Excerpt from THE HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF IRELAND

Woods, Annaghmakerrig, Spring

Woods, Annaghmakerrig, Spring

Written by Gerald of Wales (12th century), translated by John O’Meara:

Shortly before the coming of the English into the island a cow from a man’s intercourse with her —  a particular vice of that people — gave birth to a man-calf in the mountains around Glendalough.  From this you may believe that once again a man that was half an ox, and an ox that was half a man was produced. It spent nearly a year with the other calves following its mother and feeding on her milk, and then, because it had more of the man than the beast, was transferred to the society of men.

Spring 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

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Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark's, Venice, April 2013

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