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22 July 2010 @ 07:01 pm
it’s a busy life, somehow  

Mmm. Cherries are good. I wonder if I plant some of these cherry pits if I’ll get cherry trees eventually.

My life seems very busy, although I think in absolute terms it’s actually not. Still, yesterday we went into Dublin, I said as if we weren’t living in Dublin, but meaning the city centre when I say that, and wandered about buying important things like barrettes, hair dye, and athlete’s-foot-cure. And new socks. Does anybody know if semi-permanent hair dye really washes out, or if it just fades unpleasantly?

I also stopped by the writer’s (writers’?) museum to ask if they knew anything about writing groups in Dublin. They said I wanted the writers’ centre (must be s’), which was next door, but which was closed until 9 August for summer holidays. Oh, said I, and went off again imagining what story they might have concocted about a young woman with a baby asking about writers’ groups. Not, I expect, that she has fifteen books out and makes a living as a novelist. :)

And then, because it was there, we had a little walk through the Garden of Rememberance, which is rather attractive, although the man with the incredibly rough smoker’s voice giving out to the woman in tears about her lifestyle was less so. Then home again, where I did no writing at all.

Today I headed out on our daily excursion and randomly decided to go to the Botanic Gardens instead of down the canal path. This was a very good decision, as the Botanic Gardens are *beautiful* and I could spend many, many hours there. They have a (currently half-grown) sunflower maze. :) However, I think next time I go there I’ll save myself the 3/4ths mile walk there and back, and take the bus, so I have more time and stamina to enjoy the gardens themselves.

I miss having a dryer. We have a pile of clothes that cannot increase much more because we’re both running *out* of clothes which have not been washed because the weather’s been too inclement to put them out on the line to dry. We have been, instead, almost keeping up with the diapers, which are taking turns hanging out during the spates of no rain and being draped about the house otherwise. I also miss the shrink effect dryers have, particularly since, through no virtue of my own, I have lost five pounds since we moved to Dublin and my single pair of jeans are getting rather baggy, even when they just go on.


The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 348.1

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on July 22nd, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
she has fifteen books out

Oh, good heavens, is it really that many? I guess it is.

giving out to the woman in tears

Giving out? As in giving her a hard time about her lifestyle? *furrowed brow*

I have lost five pounds since we moved to Dublin

w00t! Good for you! :)
kit: worldwalkermizkit on July 22nd, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Well, the 15 includes anthologies I've got stories in, to be fair. :) I think it's 13 full-or-novella-length publications. 6 Walker Papers, 3 Old Races, 3 Dermody books, 2 TQB. Oh. Well, with Truthseeker in five weeks it /is/ fifteen. O.O

Ah. Yes. That's what "giving out" means. It's an Irishism. Aheh. :)

And thank you!
Geek of Weird Shitgows on July 22nd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't keep track. You're insanely prolific. Don't forget Chance in there, either.

Figured it was a local phrase. From the sentence structure I wasn't 100% certain, but your dislike of the bloke helped cement its meaning for me.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on July 22nd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
While you were at the Garden of Remembrance, if you'd turned and looked across the (main) street, you would have seen the hotel where I stayed. :-)

Also, I've used semi-permanent hair dye a few times, and it always just sort of faded away without unpleasantness, but I was sticking close to my natural color, so...
Wednesdayweds on July 22nd, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Tried to advise over Twitter (@miercoles answered you, even though @wednesday is following you). Can offer suggestions on how to make it less likely to suck in a month, if it'd help.
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on July 22nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)

"I wonder if I plant some of these cherry pits if I’ll get cherry trees eventually."

You will get cherry trees, but there is little predicting what type or form. Commercial trees are grafted composites made up of specific root, trunk, and fruiting stocks, to minimize undesirable growth or shape and maximize yield. A typical scenario is someone planting a pit from a dwarf or semi-dwarf variety and ending up with a fifty-foot tall monster that requires a crane to reach the lowest branches.

Also, there's no way to predict what that specific pit has been pollinated by, so you could end up with a bitter cherry or even a sterile hybrid.

--Which is not to say you shouldn't experiment. By all means, plant away, and see what you end up with. It could be magical.
SaffronRosesaffronrose on July 22nd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
What wolflahti said also holds true for apples, as well as stone fruits.
Johnny Appleseed scattered seed that would provide bitter, bittersharp, or other varieties of trees suitable for making hard cider.

Modern, at least, citrus, pome and stone fruit trees are sold grafted onto rootstocks that will provide a certain kind of desired growth: standard, semi-dwarf, and dwarf. I tend to get dwarf of semi dwarf given the size of my lot. Dwarf trees are great for patios, as they can be planted in large terracotta (and TerraNotta) planters. Half-barrel planters eventually fall apart, so a large planter made of something else is advised, she said, thinking of one of her fig trees.

Wow, 15 books already! Go you--well, we know how fast you are at the going part, where writing is concerned!
omegaromegar on July 22nd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
you know that you are really "acclimatized" when you say you are going into Town. That was what i used to(and still do say).

I know into the City is more correct, but well old habits are hard to break.

Must go to the botanic Gardens at some point...
Natural20natural20 on July 22nd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Dublin is a city, but you'd never go 'into the city', it's clearly 'going into town'. Anything else would be foreign and crazy. :)
silkiemom on July 22nd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Do you have any covered area that you could use for hanging laundry? My mom has 4 rows of clothesline strung across the carport and hangs her laundry to dry in there so it would't get rained on. We've also dried clothes on collapsable racks indoors. We put an extra shower curtain rod in the shower in our downstairs bathroom, and I use that to dry our "line dry only" clothes. I suspect jeans would not dry very well in there, though. The gis got rather musty smelling when I used to dry them in there.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 22nd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
my patch of suburbia used to be an orchard, I have cherry trees trying to grow through my lawn, those roots are opportunistic.

Its better to buy the cherry tree start you want to end up with. Between grafts and hybrids, plus they make new versions every year. My neighbors have one that has four different cherry varieties on it the way its grafted.
Janne: HP friendsjanne on July 24th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, said I, and went off again imagining what story they might have concocted about a young woman with a baby asking about writers’ groups.

There goes the next J.K.Rowlings? :)