Ireland day 0189. Tuesday 05 April 2022- Low-key
|Today’s summary||A low-key interlude after the last three hectic days. Cleaning, shopping, cooking, catching up with friends and Spanish class in the evening. Nice to have some down time – though Val was back at work so her feet barely had time to touch the ground|
|Today’s weather||Dull but mostly dry. A little drizzle in the evening. Mild westerly wind. About 12C|
|Today’s overview location
(The blue mark shows the location of my route)
(The green line shows where I walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Malahide round the houses
Today was quite a quiet day, with not a lot to say, so I won’t waste a lot of time time not saying it.
In summary, after the rushing about of the last three days – which packed in more than I would normally achieve in a month before we came here – we both felt a little down-time would be called for today. Unfortunately for Val, she had to go back to work this morning (her shift is three-days-on-three-days-off, so her days off move 24 hours earlier every week), so I was left to complete the household chores. First off was the washing. Even though there are only two of us, we still seem to accumulate mountains of the stuff so much of the morning was taken up processing multiple loads through the washing machine.
Then the hoover needed to come out to remove the remains of Lugnaquilla and Sliabh na bClogh which had found their way onto our floor, and after that, once again the bins had to be emptied. Next it was time to prepare lunches, do the shopping and start getting dinner ready (it’s cod fillets and peas with cabbage, olive and onion potato cakes followed by rhubarb tonight). Finally I spent three hours on video calls to friends in the UK and the US – really good to keep in touch with everyone, even though they are so far away. Makes the world feel like it’s a very small place and when you’re living in foreign climes like we are, it’s nice to be able to maintain these touch-points with your former life.
Finally, I managed to get out and have a short canter round some of my favourite corners of Malahide. It was an enjoyable leg-stretch; quite short but for once, even though it was windy, it was quite mild. But what has been striking me more and more lately is just how dry everywhere is. The mud at the side of the pavements is cracking up, and I’m sure that if the rain doesn’t come soon, the grass will stop growing. At a time when food supplies in general are imperilled by the global political situation, I’d have thought that a domestic drought would be just about the last thing the British Isles could do with right now.
Once Val had returned from work and the fish dinner had been polished off, it was time to head down to Portmarnock college for my Spanish lesson. I do enjoy these classes, though I still find them very difficult. Still, as an American politician once said: we do these things “Not because they are easy, but because they are hard“. A metaphor for the last few months as a whole, really.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
(Elevations corrected at GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )
Max elevation: 37 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 117 m
Total descent: -115 m
Total time: 01:36:25