Winter came to Ireland. An actual, snowy winter that put all the country on lockdown. Schools, workplaces, post, public transport of all kinds (from planes to buses and trains), shops and restaurants – everything has been closed since Wednesday. Today is the first day when it almost doesn’t snow and some shops are open again. And that’s what happens when people can go shopping again after a couple of days:
I’m a child of the Polish ’80s, when my country was in deep crisis and stores were empty (not to mention that everything was rationed anyway), so whenever they would bring meat or other desirable product, the queues like this formed instantly. That actually brought some very old memories back!
Kids and cats enjoy the winter though:
I’m definitely not a winter person. I love it for a short time, like back in Poland when I could take some time off and go to the mountains: it was beautiful, and I enjoyed the snow and frost. But when you have to go work every day it’s mostly a burden and makes everything complicated. That’s why I actually like the climate in Ireland and I’m usually treated like a crazy person when I say that, because everyone complains at the lack of sun, the rain and the cool summers. But I’ll take that any day over Polish winters! I love mild, moderate temperature and I feel the best in spring-like weather. Still, I found the absolute panic spread by the media over this attack of cold and snow in Ireland a bit amuzing. I understand the empty streets – nobody here has winter tires and there are no snowplows ready to make the streets passable – and closed shops or schools, because without any transport available how could anyone get there anyway? But the panic that made people buy out all bread and milk supplies or the repeated advise not to leave home when it’s only -2 degrees Celsius is a little funny for someone from continental Europe.
And most of all, it made me feel trapped. I’ve been keeping myself really busy recently just because I know I’m not in a good place mentally and going out, being with people and doing things that make me happy help. So apart from working and knitting I started going to some Russian language conversations to refresh my knowledge of this language a bit, I meet with friends more often and most of all, I was accepted into the choir that has been created specifically for a musical here in Dublin 🙂 This is something that made me particularly happy: I love singing, I’ve learned different traditional singing techniques for years, and being on stage is just such a fun experience, different from everyday life. What’s more, this musical is about migrants, and since I’ve been struggling with my place in the world a lot recently, I can relate to this topic so much.
All of that, including rehearsals, had to be cancelled for some time and it really made me feel much worse again. The feeling of being trapped, almost claustrophobic, and not being able to go anywhere (because the snow is too deep even on pavements to go anywhere beyond a few roads where it’s been removed and there’s no way to travel by car either) is really bad. I can’t wait to be free again. I want my Irish weather back 🙂
In the meantime though I’m enjoying the beginning of the Arizona CAL. It started yesterday but my first part is not ready yet so here’s just a little “before” photo:
And I also booked my ticket to the Woollinn yarn festival in May. It’s the first edition and so far it looks very promising with all the designers and yarn dyers and spinners coming to Dublin. We’ve only had the Knitting and Stitching Show here till now and I didn’t go last year because the list of vendors was disappointing with focus on general crafts but very few yarn sellers. So I’m absolutely going to make up for it at Woollinn. Time to start saving money while I’m waiting for the snow to melt! 🙂