The bees are busy in the apple blossoms at the side of the house. I prefer apple blossoms to cherry blossoms for they seem to share more with the green leaves. And they seem to last much longer perhaps because they are more native than the Japenese cherry blossom.
Tom Costello lives on the banks of the river Feale. Someone called to him lately collecting for a new swimming they are building down in Limerick and asked for a contribution. He was delighted to support the project. He gave them a bucket of water from the river!
Sonny Egan told me of a local happening. A builder he knows was asked to build a two storey house for a rather mean tight man. Would he get enough money to complete the job he thought? ‘Do you know what we will do,’ he suggested. ‘We will build one storey and the second storey might be another story.’
Last night we remembered the wit of the late Jackie Healy as we recalled a different world. Jackie made a career out of being perceived to be lazy. At his 80th birthday party at The Jessie James Pub he was asked if he had any regrets. ‘I think I worked one day in my life,’ he said. ‘ Have you a garden this year,’ he was asked. ‘The only earth turned on my behalf will be the day I’m buried in the grave!’ Other sayings are either too local or wicked!
The young swallows are learning to fly.
And all is well with the world this May evening.