I love this little island of ours. The first sign of bad weather and the country goes into melt down, panic buying every bit of bread in sight. You’ve got to laugh. We’re a funny bunch, but I wouldn’t change us for the world.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the snaps of breadless shoping aisle’s across the country. The banter when we are faced with difficult weather conditions is mighty. We saw it almost 10 years ago when the ‘Big Freeze’ hit, and a mere couple of months ago during Storm Ophelia. Now it’s happening again as the ‘Beast from the East’ approaches. You wonder if something so comically named could possibly live up to it’s implied magnitude? The nation is preparing itself nonetheless. I mean how many other countries would start selling sliced pans on done deal in the wake of a weather emergency?
Not a bad offer to be fair. Here’s what one of my own local shops looked like last night:
All of the commotion inspired me to pen a little rhyme earlier on today.
The weather man says it’s going to be worse than eighty two
But with the sun shining out there how can it be true?
We sit and tentatively wait for this beast,
While shops are raided for our snow storm feast.
Indeed there’s nare a sliced pan to be seen,
A sign the panicked Irish man has been!
We’ll have enough Brennan’s to last the coming year,
But better that then run out, Christ imagine the fear!
Best bring in the sticks to keep the fire lit,
Remember, you wouldn’t be long about getting frostbit!
The kids are hoping the schools will close,
Looking for a carrot for the snowman’s nose.
Thersea Mannion warns not to travel far,
No unnecessary journeys are to be taken in that car!
Sure we better heed the advice, and keep inside
Nothing to do but let it all subside.
Fair play to all braving the cold,
But be sure to remember the homeless & the old.
Be safe, be warm and do have fun,
We’ll stick it out together till we see more sun.
If anyone needs me I’ll be huddled up by the fire awaiting my Pulitzer prize! In all seriousness though, do keep safe and warm and if you get a chance go out and build a snow man or too! It might be 40 odd year before we see the likes of it again… I’ll go now, but not before leaving you with a few gems.