Thought for the day

In deference to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Royal Commission for Political Correctness, it was announced at the weekend that the local climate in the UK should no longer be referred to as “English weather.”

In order to avoid offending a sizable portion of the population, it will now be referred as “Muslim weather.” In other words –

“partly Sunni but mostly Shiite.”

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18 thoughts on “Thought for the day

  1. @Steph – We have sun at the moment but.. but…!

    @Donal – Morning and welcome. Is it raining in Cork?
    Now tell me, do I need to call in my Toyboys to protect me? 😉

  2. Nice one Grannymar, made me laugh out loud 🙂

    Tis a bit cloudy but still fine in Dublin today. How is it up your way?

  3. GM,

    If I were to count the number of times I’ve got soaked by sudden downpours this summer, I wouldn’t have enough fingers and toes.

    However, I’m just back from a lovely walk (in the between the showers) and I have to admit that the blossom on the heather and gorse this year, is all the more vibrant for the rain.

  4. @Darragh – So far we have sunshine accompanied with plenty of cloud.

    @Steph – You are very fortunate to have such lovely walks on your doorstep.

    @Judy – 😀

  5. It’s August! Thus cloud and rain is not unexpected! And the slugs love it.

    Steph: an old sore says, “Kissing needs no reason when gorse is in season.”

    The point being that gorse can always be found flowering somewhere in these islands even in the deepest of winters!

    Were the bees working the heather? We’ve hardly had any on our lavender this year or last year for that matter.

  6. GM,

    You’re right but the trouble is, we have to share it at the weekends. We can’t complain though as it’s pretty quiet all week.

    The trick is to get out early for a walk on Sat/Sun, before the hordes arrive.

    @ Magpie

    I did see a bee wearing a life-jacket yesterday! 😉

    I’ve never seen the gorse and the heather look as well as it does right now. We usually have lots of gorse fires during the summer drought but it looks like we might escape that fate this year.

    My favourite wildflowers of all time is the fuschia and monbretia hedgerows you see in the west of Ireland. I was in Connemara last weekend and the hedgerows were only beginning to come alive. The end of August is usually the best time to see the ‘flame’ of colour.

  7. My neighbour, an Irish lady married to an Algerian guy, begged some Monbretia from me to remind her of home. I couldn’t supply the fuschias tho’

    Intriguind because Montbretia are natiives of S America and Fuschias of Central America, New Zealand and (I think ) Tahiti!

    One Irish plant I love to see is the strawbery tree. (Arbutus unedo?) From somewhere in my childhood comes the idea that Arbutus is an exotic tree so to have thenm grow on ones doorstep (we had one at my college) is a wonderful idea.

    I’m now going to shut up ‘cos I’m almost onto another hobby horse of mine!

  8. Got soaked in graveyard this afternoon, but the rain did bring a wonderful scent from the trees and shrubs.

  9. Ian

    I was trying to read your post and keep having interruptions. I am sure funerals like that get no easier. Hugs.

  10. Grannymar,

    When we were young we used to sing this tune on the 1st of May:

    ”It’s May, it’s May, outdoor lovin’ starts today”

    You will have to wait until October to hear what we sang in the Fall…..

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