Sun has cooked my brain


Randomness will abound. Forewarned is forearmed!

I have a hammock now.

Actually, I’ve had it for nigh on 10 years. Now I have a stand to hang it from. And even that took 3.5 hours of fiddling, giving up, and having some fabulous local welder a make me a longer centre pole so the massive hammock would fit.

My arse still hits the ground when I sit up, but it’s lovely. I’m desperate to sleep in it overnight. Maybe tonight?

I’ve been off work, because my brain finally had a big crash and now I’m on happy pills. About time I admitted I needed help. Coincidentally, the weather has been amazing and just what I needed. I’m actually peeling from a sunburn – I don’t think that’s happened to me since I moved here. I got so hot today I had to go inside to cool off with a damp towel. Woot!

I also went swimming today, but I didn’t bring my iPhone as it was scary enough leaving the car keys on shore while I snorkelled about. It was cold! But I had a good time. Here’s the view from where I parked.

Well, that’s a crappy photo. But I didn’t want to take a pic of the two little boys in their underwear (knickers, they kept saying – thought only girls wore knickers?). Don’t you just love that warning sign?

I’m out front – and getting chewed up by midges so I don’t know how long I will last. I was out here last week (before the midges hatched), and the sunset was pretty interesting.

I washed the car yesterday so I bet the reflections tonight would be clearer if the sunset was cooperating.

I still don’t know what this is. Help?

It apparently comes in more than one colour.


Okay my face is on fire from bug bites and I’ve retreated indoors. Little noseeum bastards. Like I’m not itchy enough on a normal day? Perhaps sleeping outside isn’t such a good idea. A bird pooped on my hammock today, anyway.

A bird with better aim pooped somewhere else this afternoon.

That’s my iced tea, in the cup holder of my favourite camp chair. I was sitting and reading and suddenly – splash! tea all over my right bicep. I look in my cup, expecting a chunk of moss from the roof. No. It’s a perfectly aimed bird shit. Right in my cup. Thanks, avian friend. The tea was all warm and nasty from the sun, anyway.

Now, some say that having a bird crap on you is good luck (why o why). Immediately after this happened, I checked the lottery ticket my mother in law bought for me last week, and I’d won โ‚ฌ12. But it was purchased May 31 and I only thought to look at it because someone said bird poo was good luck. Ooooo, spooky, eh? Hehehehe.

24 responses »

  1. glad to hear you’re getting some time and space, girl. !! and sun!! –even though it’s only for the Wednesday there! when the pressure is on, who the hell can think?! good for you for *taking* the time.

    nice post, SpiderE. >:-D

    nice flowers, too–sure wish I knew what they were! the leaves remind me of perennial violas…. but the flowers look like big ole pansies….

    • Hi dear, and thank you! Nah, I can’t think correctly at the moment. Sometimes it’s fascinating. Not lately. Feeling more normal, hence being able to post – but my normal isn’t a good place usually so who knows. I got out watercolours by accident the other day, though! My efforts went into the recycle bin, but it interested me for a good hour ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I recommend highly that time with paints–requires no thinking, just water and a brush…. No goals, no pressure, just whisping color around…. choosing a color because you like it at the moment…. helps in the healing of a tired brain… and it R fun too! >:-D

  2. Vitamin D for delightful! I too have a hammock…and no shortage of trees to hang it from..however I always seem to get way laid with something else to do..Sunshine here is a no show,frost and cold..don’t mind too much the summer was repulsive..seems I only like summer when on an island or mid ocean with a Mojito..snas bird shyte of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. The hammock looks great! I’ve got a hammock in my home in Portugal, in a cupboard, just need the trees to grow a bit (maybe they’ll be strong enough when I go back later this month, fingers crossed). The bird was a good aim wasn’t it! Well done for swimming there, it looks a bit remote!

    • This one came from Mexico to Ohio to Ireland! Years in attics and garages, poor thing. In my case it takes up most of my back garden. The lake is actually next to a ruined abbey, and it is quite a lovely spot. I was too cold after the swim to stick around and take pics – I have tons already! Somewhere.

  4. Remarkable flowers. No clue but if you find out, let us all know, I want some.

    One of my earliest dates with my ex husband was punctuated by a sea gull that crapped the entire length of his forearm while we were at one of the memorials downtown near the Tidal Basin. You got off easy.

    • Okay I’ll see if I can use a web plant finder and figure it out. The first wedding I attended in Ireland was in a ruined but reconsecrated church. It wasn’t used often and was open to the elements, so the birds were quite annoyed with the guests. We all got crapped on – especially he bride in her white dress. I was mortified for her, but everyone kept saying how lucky it was. Blecch. People are weird.

  5. So pleased you’ve taken the pressure off and gone on the happy pills. How incredibly lucky the good weather has coincided with your time off. Chill dear Spiders and here’s to more crap in your cup ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. My mother says, “Nature is hostile.” And I agree with her completely. I’d recommend not spending the night in the hammock because that experience will surely put you off hammocks and the great outdoors. Small doses of nature is best.

  7. Crazy life, isn’t it? Forced to spend all your time in the sun on a hammock! Can I have a hammock too?

    Life is crazy here too. No hammock though. It’s ok, some says I’m too young to rest. Preparing to move out, and I wouldn’t expected this would have taken so much of my time. So tonight I decided to spend some time getting in sync with your blog again.

    Nice to know you finally get to rest. And take care of these flowers. I can imagine just how much new plants you were able to afford with that 12E ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yep, I definitely love the sign. I think it means go on, the view on the lake is remarkable down there.

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