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10 July 2010 @ 06:35 pm
another busy day  

A mounted policeman just rode by our front door.

I knew Dublin had them. In fact, I’ve seen this horse before–the first time I came upon them unexpectedly as they came out of an alley, I understood viscerally just how effective they must have been in pre-motor-vehicle eras–but I had no idea they patrolled anywhere but the city centre. Possibly they’re out here because there’s a match on and we’re a stone’s throw from Croake Park (if you could throw a stone a kilometer, anyway), but that was really seriously kinda cool. :)

We got out of the house at 10am today and popped into the city centre to check out some of the photography exhibition and the open air market down at the Point. Foolishly, we did not bring umbrellas even though rain was predicted, and consequently were forced to buy cheapie ones before we got to the market. The weather and the attendance at the market were poor enough that as we were leaving, the guys in the first booth yelled, “Free smoothies! Free cupcakes!” to us as we passed by–and we didn’t turn back for them. :) We did laugh, though. :) And an Italian woman did get us to buy a jar of yummy spicy red sauce before we left, so it wasn’t a total loss. Or something. :)

Then it was off to the Temple Bar Food Market for meat on a stick and to huddle under the National Library exhibition hall eves while we ate our meat on a stick (actually meat in a bun and prawns & noodles in a plastic container, but who’s counting?). We weren’t particularly enamored of the photography within the hall, but as we were leaving it did strike me that we’ve been living in Dublin for a week and have done two cultural activities already, which is nearly as many as we did the entire time we lived in Cork. :) If we keep this up I may have to start a Life In Dublin review blog or something. You know. In my copious free time.

Came home and in a fit of anticipating my parents dropping by, made this cake, which, as advertised by tahnan, from whom I got the link, is delicious. However, the 6 gas mark on our oven is nothing like 400 degrees, and it still wasn’t finished baking when my parents left. Furthermore, I used non-stick spray stuff on the cake pan, and it didn’t not-stick, so the cake didn’t come out of the pan properly and is ugly beyond belief.

Not only did my parents drop by–to announce they’ve found a house in Dublin, in the same area we’re in!–but my sister and nephews arrived, too, so we had a whole houseful. The younger nephew announced that Young Indiana was the cutest thing in the whole house. That, in fact, Young Indiana was cuter than his new kitten, which I thought was high praise indeed. :) And Young Indiana handled all the people very well, and furthermore, discovered his feet. We have a whole series of perfectly hysterical pictures of him discovering his feet, none of which I can show you because we don’t know where the cable for the camera is right now. :)

And now I’m completely exhausted and think tomorrow will be a big day of staying home and cleaning the bathtub so I can take a bath in it.

The Road Home: miles to Isengard
: 299.4

(x-posted from the essential kit)
wednesday childewedschilde on July 10th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
it might be ugly but did it taste good.

good work btw on young indy.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 10th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
I loved the outside of the National Library...
SaffronRose: Lady Emma Hamilton rosesaffronrose on July 10th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I forget where it was, but I have seen mounted police in some towns I've lived in, possibly around large parks.

How neat that your parents found a house nearby. From what you've said about them, that's a joy. My parents divorced in the mid 60's (my father was quite the abuser), and I can't imagine living with, or even near, either of them. It's easy now, they're both dead. My in-laws are another matter. We took to each other right away. In 2004, they moved in with us. We were able to assemble a few other folks to help watch over Irby at the end of his life, as Edna wasn't able to sleep for worrying about what he'd need. The last two nights, we took shifts so she could sleep as much as she needed. Irby died on my watch--first dead person I've touched, first person to die in my presence. (Hospice was very kind and came promptly once we'd called, to take care of washing him and properly disposing of the morphine he'd needed.)

Edna took 2 months to go East & south to visit relatives & friends, and decided that there were too many sticks-in-the-mud, too much fundamentalism & creepy political statements, too much humidity, and no one seemed to want to GO do anything. She was very happy to get home. We were happy to see her again.

I'm glad Indiana has discovered his feet. In about 3-5 months, he will understand that people in photographs are humans and not jut some random design. We found that Arthur, at 6 months, understood this when we were on a plane to Boston, and it looked like he was tryng to flirt with the lady pictured on the back of a magazine!
Wolf Lahti: antimonywolflahti on July 10th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oddly, as much as it rains in Seattle, virtually no one uses an umbrella. Pedestrians just kinda scrunch up their shoulders against the persistent drizzle, and those who wear spectacles shield them from getting spritzed on with the flat of their hands, as though they were sea captains scanning the horizon for whatever sea captains scan the horizon for.

Seattle has mounted police, too. All the ones I've seen are of the same type--Saddlebred-looking red bays--such pretty things. The horses are stabled in a nice facility in Discovery Park.
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on July 11th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
I took you on 2 cultural activities in Cork and went with you to another so it can't have been quite that few!! I feel the honour of Cork is at stake now....hmm...

However I was going to visit you today but due to my being rather unexpectedly back IN Cork, it isn't going to happen. But mylesc and sammywol are in dublin..you should yell at them..

Yay!! for your parents and Indy's feet :-)