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Frost, Ripe Grapes, A Lavender Pillow
Thursday 4 September 2008
The weather was good today and at one point in the early afternoon I sat outside the back door drinking tea. I was in the house on my own most of the day because Rosanna was golfing in Warrenpoint with Josie Malone and Pat Closkey. They just missed the visitors’ prize in a three woman team event. Had a chat in Grafter’s with Pakie the psychiatric nurse. "You missed your chance," I asserted, "You should have been an Aussie Rules player." It turns out that he was 6 years in Australia and he was a rules player although not at the highest level. I told him there was an article in Dundalk LEADER yesterday telling how Brian Donnelly from Carlingford is going out to Australia to play Aussie rules. Got for €10 my hair cut and my beard and eyebrows trimmed. A No 1 "blade" all round. Carried on out to Harvey Norman’s and collected the Fuji S FinePix 100fs that I bought over the phone earlier off Siobhan – the manager of the computer section. She had lowered the price from €589 to €549 when I asked her for discount or a "sweetener." I would have done better to convince her to include a "memory card" or something in kind like that instead? However when I went in she did not come out to meet me in the shop. A competent assistant named Fiona who resembled in a way Alison O’Neil took my payment (by credit card) and carried out the box which she put in a Canon bag? I drove back down the Racecourse Road from the by-pass and bought a 2 litre container of milk in Aldi and an aromatherapy (lavender) pillow. Total ~ €8. The pillow was great value and I got a terrific night’s sleep because I put it on my bed on top of the main pillow I had been using and discarded the thinner pillow of the two that were on the bed. Golf crossed my mind but I hung around the house in the afternoon waiting for a call from Eamonn to go in and collect him. However around 6 p.m. Aisling landed with Eamonn in tow. A frosty atmosphere between them. "Aisling is thick because I will not edit her Bolivia film," Eamonn elucidated later, "I have not got the time." Aisling ate a sausage roll and left for Dublin. Nearly a half an hour later she rang the doorbell. Eamonn had left his mobile phone in her car. She handed me the phone, did not come in and hardly spoke. I went to GreenLife Driving Range where I hit 38 balls (€4) with the 3 metal. Conversation with Gavin Byrne about school, drink, buying and selling land and houses. As I sat drinking a paper cup of coffee. Washed my 6 remaining teeth morning and evening and also did matutinal and nocturnal "yoga." Head uncomfortable and sore particularly late in the day. I ate sausage rolls mid-morning and at lunchtime. At tea-time I reheated in a bowl some boiled rice and chicken curry and ate it followed by some seedless ripe green grapes. Later I ate a half a pork pie with a drink of cranberry juice. I ate cornflakes and milk for breakfast and again for supper. I should point out that Aisling had spent the day in DkIT teaching Eamonn how to use a high-tech video camera and also helping him with the editing program they want him to use in there.