Sunday, 26 May 2013

Idyllic I

Prince Charming took us all to Dublin this weekend. It was idyllic (apart from the rugby result) and the weather was tropical (unbelievably) and I will be rambling on and on about it all week. This is nonetheless Ireland and a roaring fire is always what you need at the end of any idyllic day, especially if it's in the library nook of The Red Cow, and you have both Guinness and Irish coffee to hand.
Jo was the first to investigate the bookshelves and then we were all at it. PC found French reformed theology, and I found The White Company by A Conan Doyle. I'm presuming the hotel bought some job lot of books just to add atmosphere, and so who knows what journeys the books have been on? This one was at some point being read on a tram in Southampton. The book mark is a ticket that cost 2 1/2d. I wonder did the reader ever get to the end of the book before the end of his journey, real or metaphorical? 'Twould appear not. I read on a little bit- if we all go and read on a little bit more, the ticket might find out what happens in the end...

"Whipping up the little woman, he lifted her lightly to his lips..." Great line. On the way home tonight I was reading an interview in yesterday's Irish Times with Jilly Cooper- on "bonkbusters" and Fifty Shades of the Death of Feminism. I like A Conan Doyle's style better!

For the snail lovers of Blogville- to the best of my knowledge no snails were harmed, or eaten, in the racing event of Their School on Friday. All snails seem to have been sent home with their owners. Ours were released into the wild of the playground, under a nice big shady tree, because there was no way on this snaily planet that they were coming to Dublin with me!

7 comments:

M.K. said...

Oh! Were you truly sitting in front of that beautiful fire? Just a bit jealous :) Happy you had a perfect visit. Don't you love imagining the personal history of a used book?

Pom Pom said...

Lovely fire. Aw, getaways are the best, best, best. Thank you for the snail info, Mags!

GretchenJoanna said...

Idyllic I...does that mean we'll get a new post every day this week telling of all the idyllic aspects of your outing? Say yes!

Angela said...

Oh DO ramble about Dublin, it is a fabulous city. I think the traveller reached the end of the journey. I observe his ticket had been punched [elementary, my dear Mags!]

blessings x

Heather said...

My Dublin trip at the weekend was for a library conference/training session on Friday. Not quite as exciting or relaxing as being in a nice hotel or going to watch the rugby. However, the weather was good.

Kezzie said...

Awww, glad you had a nice time! Snail racing sounds so fun! I tried to eat one last summer it was horrible!x

Thistle Cove Farm said...

On my to-do list is a pint of Guinness in Dublin and not simply running through the airport terminal! Mags, such a lovely post, off to visit #2.