The last few days have had some interesting events for us.
Alex and I met some local folk at the pub last week who invited him on a bog walk. What is that you may ask? Exactly what it sounds like. A walk through a bog, with a couple of caves thrown in for good measure.
Getting Alex ready for his adventure was loads of fun. Rubber boots as high as his leg, citronella face wash to ward off mosquitoes, Indiana Jones hat, etc.
He came back 5 hours later, chilled to the bone, plenty sore, and blissfully happy.
The only way I will ever have a green thumb is if it becomes gangrenous. But I hope to have a garden someday, so I decided to try to grow some basil in the solarium. I managed to keep the plant on life support for a week before a neighbor had to help. It is now thriving and I love munching on fresh basil whenever I want.
Kahlua the Stray Dog
As we were driving home from a visit to the quaint town of Killaloe, we saw a stray dog. Now, this road is a one lane road with no shoulder -- just trees, nettles, and thistle to mark the side of the road. There is nowhere to run. So, this little dog was running in the middle of the road. An accident waiting to happen.
Alex and I were not comfortable leaving her to her flat fate so we turned the car around to look for her. Sure enough, she came trotting towards us.
Alex stopped the car and I got out expecting to look like a rodeo clown trying to catch her. Instead, she laid on her back for me to come and give her a tummy rub. I can imagine Alex watching this and thinking, "Oh no. Game over. Dog is probably coming to Austin now."
She had no collar, so we decided that we would take care of her until we could find her a home. She sat nicely in the car as we took her to a neighbor to check her out. The pooch is in good condition, but a tad thin for being pregnant (she would be the envy of the Upper East Side). We brought her home, gave her some food, and rubbed her belly, then turned our heads and she disappeared again.
Much to my delight, several hours later, the dog came back (we thought she was a goner)! She must have figured out we were a good option. I made her a bed in the sun room, and she fell asleep on it immediately. She is a sweet little dog, and she gets along with Aiven great. Now we just have to find her a permanent home before we all get too attached...
We also trekked out the Burren this week. In the middle of this vast, rocky landscape, is a small oasis. A tea room, Perfumery and herb garden. The garden had some really beautiful flowers and I managed to take some good pictures there. We also went for a tour of a cave in the area. Aiven was a little scared of the dark, dank cave at first. He was OK once I started goofing around with him. Which I had to do for the entire 35 minute tour.
|In the cave|
We continue to run into cows on the road. I still have yet to pet one. On our way home from date night, and it was almost dark, we ran into a lone, large cow in the middle of the road. She really was beautiful.
Here is a picture of the herd of cows we ran into earlier in the week.
That covers most of the week with the exception of one item. I will be writing and posting about that in the next week or so. Stay tuned....