Travel Theme; Soft

In Ireland we have an expression “It’s a soft day thank God”

A soft day theoretically is a day when the rain is very fine, but often the type of rain that soaks you to the skin without you really noticing that it has been raining.  We get a lot of rain in Ireland.  I realised how much after I moved to London.  I no longer own an umbrella, it is not an essential item!  In Ireland you would be mad not to own an umbrella.

Because it rains so much in Ireland, the joke is, the heavier the rain, the more ferocious the wind, the more likely you are to hear “Ah.. ‘Tis a soft day thank God” to which the appropriate reply is ; ‘ ’tis indeed’

I do have a very good raincoat, and we do get heavy rain in London in the rainy season, normally during the time when the schools are closed for the summer holidays.

This photo was taken during a family summer holiday.  My hubby & I sailed to Poole Harbour one week and had such a lovely time swimming & sunbathing, we thought ‘the girls would love it here’ so we packed up the car with a weeks worth of clothes & supplies & headed down to the boat.

We left Portsmouth in sunshine, but by the time we had reached Lymington where we were planning to spend a day or two, a force 9 gale was forecast.  The next morning we woke to rain battering our boat & black skies, which lasted all day.

This photo of my husband going up to the marina to ask about extending our stay until the weather front passed over, reminded me completely of an Irish “Soft Day”

A grand soft day, thank God. Peter can be seen in a yellow raincoat as he heads out along the pontoon

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This week’s Travel Theme is Soft!

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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15 Responses to Travel Theme; Soft

  1. Grannymar says:

    I hope you remembered to bring playing cards to play snap!


    • Barbara says:

      I really am losing it, i replied to this comment as if it was to my cute lambs post! Oh dear. We had no cards and by the end of the ‘holiday’ we all had severe cabin fever. It was the wettest holiday in living memory!


  2. Jo Bryant says:

    what a gorgeous image…how brave of him to go out in it…I get lost in weather like that. I do. I get lost all the time actually. Was on my way to Canada via Africa and somehow ended up in The Netherlands instead…


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  4. Al says:

    I like Peter. He is an adventurer. Now if you tell me he never asks for directions, he will be my hero.


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