After being up all night last night, I did finally go to sleep somewhere around 6:30 this morning on the daybed near the fire. And then around 8:45 I woke up, climbed the ladder and went back to sleep for a few more hours.
I made myself get up around 11am in the hopes that if I tire myself out well enough, I will go to bed at a reasonable hour tonight. Even now I am feeling quite sleepy. Smudge and Princess Puss have made themselves my constant companions. I just finished dinner and they are sleeping on the daybed, which I vacated after finishing my Maeve Binchy book.
At some point in the evening last night I didn't latch the door well enough and all of a sudden, in comes Smudge. She goes straight to the heater or the fire and warms herself every time she comes in, and then curls up somewhere to sleep. Princess Puss read with me earlier. There is a ledge outside the window and either one or both will mew at the door and I let them in. I don't blame them, I don't want to be outside either.
I am now fairly proficient at lighting a fire in the little stove and keeping it going. Today dawned bright and somewhat sunny, no rain. I discovered this morning across the road is a small shed which houses fresh vegetables, a "farm store". I put my 5 Euro note in the box and took home a bag of fresh Kale and some potatoes. There are fresh beets, leeks, parsnips and some redcurrant jam. Now I'll be curious to see what other offerings they have.
Though I have figured out the fire, the shower situation is still being worked out. I think I got about 3-5 minutes of hot water, in the middle of trying to wash my hair. Ah well. I simply rinsed out in the sink. The water wasn't even lukewarm, it was cold, but I didn't die and felt very refreshed.
Finally this afternoon I kicked myself out of the house for a walk. I took a right out of the driveway and headed up the hill. I met horses and dogs, saw cattle and even ran into a few people. I ended up rambling around in one direction, and then the other, for more than 2 hours. And of course I took a ton of photos, some of which I will post below.
I have no idea what the weather will be like tomorrow. Right now the wind and rain are lashing about competing for who can be the most fierce. At present time, the rain wins. Not much different than home. Everything is wet and muddy right now and I'm so happy I decided to buy a pair of Bogs boots. My feet stayed warm and dry while wading through puddles and muck for the entirety of my walk. I even snuck into the farmers field next door to say hi to the horses and cattle penned up in the shed and ended up in some manure. All part of rural Irish life. As if in 36+ hours I've become some kind of expert.
As I came back up the road for home, a couple of girls passed me trotting on big, beautiful black horses. More like draft horses, with feathered legs and flowing manes, they were gorgeous. I'm going to have to go explore the road they came from tomorrow. And there is a property with a small pond on it not very far from here. So much to see and I can walk for miles. The problem is I stop every few feet to take a photo of this or that. So that's part of why my walks take so long.
I think between the loads of fresh air and lack of sleep, I should be able to get on schedule by tomorrow. But I guess we'll see. I've made it to just past 8pm, so I can really go to bed any time now and it will be a win. Even if I wake up super-early, I don't care.