Week Seventeen: 2022 – A Weekend, A Few Thoughts

We made it back; the return flight was okay. Full of the Ulster Hurling team so a bit boisterous and slightly strange, surrounded by beefy young men carrying these large wooden bat thingies. Aer Lingus have this process whereby, when you land they make you stay in your seat until the row in front/behind have collected their hand luggage and begun to exit. It’s fascinating, watching the passengers who, like me, aren’t used to this; they twitch and bounce, desperate to open the overhead, desperate to take their starter’s orders for the sprint… not… down the aisle. Passenger patience is not a thing, yet the Aer Lingus stewards did a good job, despite a couple of mavericks. I wonder if this is a post pandemic thing that applies generally or just another example of Irish fantasy.

I had plans to read on the flight; the weekend’s excesses had different ideas so I slept, waking up as the engine note changed to that awful screeching as it brakes and makes you pretty sure the whole engine housing will rip off any moment. It didn’t.

The weekend itself was excellent. On landing we took in Belfast and a couple of the Vet’s friends. Then we wandered around the botanic gardens and the Ulster museum. I even got to see this icon…

You need to be a fan of Derry Girls to appreciate this. It’s on display adjacent to the identity section on the Troubles and after. A proper hoot. This sets out the differences between Protestants and Catholics, as per the Derry teens – my favourite has to be ‘Protestants keep their toasters in cupboards’. It gives hope that they might now be at a point where humour can defuse tensions, even on a weekend of problematic elections.

From there, we’d hired a car to drive to our AirBnB at Killyleagh (pron: Killi-lay – I was corrected maybe ten times before it stuck).

That was Friday.

Saturday was wedding day. But that started at two in Finnebrogue (pron: Finni-bro) Woods so we pottered around Killyleagh in the rather unexpected, but none-the-less delightful sunshine. There’s a castle that looks like it’s dropped out of a Schloss catalogue, a delightful waterfront onto the sea lough and a fair few monuments and references to Sir Hans Sloane, born in Killyleagh and whose fame as a philanthropist and donator of goodies to start the British Museum is well-known. Perhaps the only tarnishing feature is a small plaque on the bottom of Sir Hans’ statue that tells us it was unveiled by Baron Killyleagh, one Duke of York. The man’s very ubiquity is most galling. I wonder how long that will survive.

Killyleagh was all round delightful, though the young man taking a piss against the door of the Spar grocer as we returned to our BnB after the wedding in the early hours of Sunday morning perhaps limited any fairytale element to our rose-tinted specs. And the wedding…?

It was all very enjoyable and in one sense we deserved a little breather. My fitbit decided differently, recording this…

…during Monday night. I know I like a good dream as much as the next writer, but seriously? I walked to Brighton and back? Too bizarre for words…

And let me end with a little limerick from our sponsors…

Dessie Dull from Little Snoring,
Was known for being deadly boring.
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Who blew him away with her father’s gun
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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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38 Responses to Week Seventeen: 2022 – A Weekend, A Few Thoughts

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Looks like a great trip and lovely wedding. Northern Ireland is a great place so beautiful and the people are fantastic!
    Scenery and wedding looked amazing…. Did you drink that Guinness?
    As an aside I love the Derry Girls it just great, love the blackboard and it’s all true!!! Hubby has to have the sub titles on as he can’t understand a word…
    I can as clear as a bell. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  2. Norah says:

    Lovely pics. It will be interesting to see what a change of government can do.

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  3. Love he blackboard – having been to a convent for 8 years and so on, it’s all true!
    Is that 0% Guins or are you just holding it?
    Looks lovely in the photos.

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Ireland is just so beautiful and what a lovely day and setting for the wedding. I get the feeling that the plane flights were bearable and the days in Ireland made up for it. I, too, liked the toasters in the cupboard, and Catholic gravy is all bits! Not true – mine is smooth as buttercream.

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  5. Love the butterfly tie!

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  6. Erika says:

    What a beautiful place and a wedding too. Could it get any better? I am happy you had such a great time, Geoff!

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    A place on my bucket list! Thanks for the preview!

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  8. Prior... says:

    Looks like a fun time (the date on the title said 2002 and so at first I thought I was coming to a flashback of 20 years ago)
    love the wedding dress – well both the bride and groom seem to have very modern looks and that was nice to see what is “in” right now
    (And all brides have a certain glow so I love the capture of her walking with partner) can feel the train of the gown drag and see her shoes and of course – see the glowing face –
    Oh and the cupboards was good but my fav?
    Catholics ❀️Mary
    Protestants love soup!
    Hahaha- true that!

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  9. ellenbest24 says:

    Hurling over the seas iwith air Lingus dragged up a different spark of memory for me. The Derry girls could be right as I too I keep my toaster in the cupboard. I do this because, I do not need tempting to drool at the thought of a hot buttered slab of freshly baked wholemeal rye than because I am protestant. Your weekend, it looks and sounds a fabulous shindig. So nice it is to see so many faces full of fun and the sun shining on all the beautiful people. Thank you for sharing it. Apart from the late night pisser, … without a pissoir so as to speak. Of course, it would be remis of me not make a nod to the castle, of course it was, who wouldn’t like a venue like that. P.S. rather rude your jaunt to Brighton, maybe the little people were as play.

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  10. Lovely picture record

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  11. Jennie says:

    It looks like the wedding was fabulous, Geoff. Loved the photos, and the blackboard was all true!


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