No matter how great the donkeys were, though, nothing could compare with the tractors. There were some toy tractors that he could sit on and play with, but once my brother took him up onto the big blue working tractor that was it. Every morning he wanted to go and sit on it and drive it. I think we could have just left him there in the morning, gone away for the day and come back in the evening and he probably wouldn’t have noticed.
We can now add tractors to the list of things he is obsessed with, to go along side busses planes and trains.
We did a bit of drinking in the town as well. One of the pubs, the Square Inn, is owned by the husband of one my dad’s cousins so we spent a couple of nights there. I heard one of the greatest stories ever about a photograph in which practically everyone was dead, including one man who was killed by a horse in a medieval themed hurling match. I haven’t laughed so much in years.
It’s a beach, it’s sunny, and it’s in Ireland!
While it was sunny it was also bitterly cold. There was a very sharp wind and one night it got dow to about 3C. With my beer jacket on this wasn’t a problem and it even gave us an excuse to burn some peat and create the smell that I remember from many a wet and cold summer holiday.
After nearly 4 weeks in the summer of the UK and Ireland we are now back in the winter of southern Brazil. This means more sunshine and hotter days as a British summer isn’t much to be proud of and winter hasn’t arrived yet in Curitiba.
I am going to be writing more about our trip over the coming weeks, but for now I just wanted to write something to get back into the swing of things. We had a great time in Ireland visiting family and driving around the beautiful west of the country. We took Thomas to Drayton Manor Park and Zoo to see Thomas Land and enjoy a few of the rides there. We went down to London for a couple of days to meet friends and had the wettest two days of the journey.
We had a brilliant barbecue with lots of kids playing in my parents’ garden. Lots of good talk and decent food. What more can you ask for?
For the last week my wife came back to Brazil because she has to teach at university and I stayed with Thomas and my parents. I gave them some quality bonding time for a great trip to London to see one of my all time favourite bands, The Stone Roses, with my brother and then I took all his money off him at a poker session the following night.
I ate far too much and drank even more. Stayed up too late some nights and got up far too early on more than a few mornings.
Last, and by no means least, the two of us we survived the 23-hour trip back from Britain without any serious mishaps.
So now it is back to teaching and writing. I would like to say that I have fully re-charged my batteries and I am raring to go. As usual, I am almost as tired as before I went and could do with another few weeks sitting around doing nothing except listening to the cricket.