Happy St. Patrick's Day in other words.:cheers:
Don't forget to check out Google for their themed logo. I think this year's is quite nice.
St Patrick's day itself was not so nice. It all started yesterday with
Those white specks are snowflakes :faint:
And before we knew it, we had
It did soften overnight so the snow had melted by morning, but it was still a bloody cold day.
I went to mass with Mam this morning because of the day that was in it. :angel: There is a religous aspect to St Patrick's Day that seems to have been forgotten about in "tourist Ireland".
After mass we went up to visit my aunt and uncle before they head off to Tenerife. Their son, Keith, is treating them to a holiday.
Then it was back home to watch the parade in Dublin on TV. You think I'm going to stand outside in this weather?
The theme this year was a Brazilian style carnival. That meant there were a few bikini clad salsa dancers questioning their career choice as they marched down O'Connell street.
Then I had to head over to my cousin's place to look after the dog and cat while they're over in England visiting her sister. I hope the animals have enough sense to shelter against the cold. I also got roped into looking after their neighbours pets – that's two more dogs, another two cats, a goldfish, and a bird feeder.
I'm also tutoring my former landlady's daughter in Maths. I don't really understand the system over here, but instead of continual assessment Irish students do a series of final exams covering everything they've learned in secondary (high) school. These exams – the Leaving Certificate – are practically the sole basis for admission into university, so they pressure to do well is immense.
Sinead is only doing the Junior Cert. These are held after the fist three(?) years of secondary school and are sort of a practice for the Leaving. It's still very important for her to do well, so I'm going to do my best to help her. The first session went well, so fingers crossed.
So enjoy your celebrations and have a good weekend. :spock: