02 September 2014

Let It Rain

Last week there was an annual outdoor mass scheduled at the abbey ruins.
The weather was uncooperative. The morning started out fine and Bill and I went out for our walk. By the time we got home it was spitting a little bit. Then the wind kicked up and the rain came down. Things pretty much continued like that for the rest of the day and into the night. The wind was blowing harder than it has since we got here and the rain was blowing sideways and splattering against the windows. I found it very peaceful--I like that kind of thing--but I was sitting here in a building with walls over a foot thick. I was pretty sure it wasn't a good night for an open air mass at a ruin. When we went out walking the next morning, we discovered that they didn't even try it.
There had been some rain the day before this as well and it has been pretty cloudy lately. All of this is contributing to a rise in the water level of the river. I suppose that the water plants are not drawing up as much water either, now that they are starting to fade.

The little falls had water flowing down both sides and splashing over the stairstep section. A few weeks ago there was just a trickle down the stairstep part and the other sections were dry. Now things are flowing once again.
The river has now covered over some of the rocks that became visible as the summer wore on.
The plants that were flowering are now going to seed. I saw these seed pods out of the corner of my eye and just loved them.
As Bill was taking this photo, he noticed the snail on a nearby plant.
The blackberries must've liked the rain as well, because there are a lot of them ready to be picked now.

We picked another container full while we were out yesterday. I'll probably make a fruit sauce using these, some apples, and pears, and stick in the freezer for future use on porridge or pancakes. There are plenty more out there.

Mayo lost the match the other day, so didn't make it into the final. We listened on the radio and tried to follow along, with the help of Google--we had no idea how the scoring works or anything. We did listen to a regional radio station, so we figured out that when they got excited, it was good for Mayo. It was a heartbreaker--went into extra time after a player from Ballinrobe tied it up at the last minute, but they ran out of gas in the second half of extra time. The next day Donegal played Dublin and won, so they'll be playing Kerry in the final game, which is not until September 21st.

Yesterday we stopped at the store for some bread and the woman ahead of us in line asked if we'd seen the match. We told her we listened to it and a conversation ensued. It was fun to listen to the game--these are amateurs, which I didn't know, and it seems like a pretty rough game, so they must love it. The play-by-play guys were interesting to listen to--one guy would be describing the action when the guy next to him would suddenly be screaming about something. Then they'd ask this guy--who was clearly an elder--about something and he would sometimes be at a loss for words until he kind of got his thoughts together.

We listened to the Donegal-Dublin game the next day and will probably listen to the final game. Bill says he wants to get to understand hurling as well. Given the fact that there are sticks involved with that, it's probably a good thing they wear helmets. I am not sure of how the schedules go and what sport is played when. We saw a house with a hurling flag outside, but it seems that rugby is the game that will be in season now--one of the pubs in town had a design painted on the window that represented the Ballinrobe RFC. And soccer (football here) from the UK seems to be big here, too. So, if I understand it right, there is football (soccer), GAA football (Gaelic football, which was what the games were over the weekend), and the RFC (rugby football clubs). And there is hurling, but not sure where that fits in!

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