Over the last few months we have been adjusting to a new schedule, what with Claude starting his new job – and now spring is revealing itself in all its cold, sunny glory. The birds are singing regularly now. One day as we were walking home from our Saturday marketing we noticed a large lump of dirt at the side of the path we take to get to and from the main road. It looked like it was something that had been dumped from a pot. It sat there for several weeks. One day Claude noticed it was sprouting something, so he brought it home and plopped it down in the garden. And now, lo and behold, it has produced some lovely blooms and promises to produce even more over the next few weeks!
I am still volunteering with Age Action but that’s simply not enough to do. A friend asked me if I was certain that my visa means I cannot work at all, so I went down to the Citizen’s Information office to ask. I was put on the phone with a woman at the Integration Office who told me in no uncertain terms that I am not allowed to work for money at all, period. So I’ve applied to volunteer at several different jobs including as an English language conversational tutor; that one has me excited to meet some interesting people.
The sun has been shining more than it has been raining so people are pretty happy. There are a lot of them out and about on the Prom every day. I have fresh daffodils on the mantelpiece all the time now, and today I purchased a little pot of shamrocks. The spring veggies are abundant at the market. We have been able to purchase bread again at our favorite stand; the baker had been out of commission with carpal tunnel for a while and his brother had taken over but the bread just wasn’t quite the same. I’ve been baking a lot of treats, partly in lieu of turning on the heat and partly to have something nice for dessert in the evenings. Today we bought Claude some new shoes because he essentially broke his last pair. Getting him to shop is always a struggle but when he’s in need it’s a lot easier.
Somehow we managed to get three 3-day weekends in a row this month. I love having more time with Claude! The end of the month holds a number of fun things in store, such as the Galway Food Festival, the Woodquay Market (live animals!) and an evening out to see comedian Reginald D. Hunter.
Happy Spring everyone!