I love this time between Xmas and New Year in Ireland.
It’s a time to relax and forget time for a while … a kind of quiet inhale and exhale before a new year begins.
Coco and I went for a walk … she still pulls madly on the lead but I get her to slow down by just stopping and saying ‘back to me’ … which she does and sits … then immediately drags me ahead!!
We wandered to a field and Coco got to run and run and run and …
I love how Coco is so full of joy and enthusiasm for the smallest thing … she loves chasing after a stick and then brings it back for a quick chew … and lets me take it from her and throw it again … and again … and again.
As we walked back and came to the bridge just before the Main street … Coco saw a gate and we both decided to see where it went.
All the way down some steep stairs with Coco pulling all the way … and then we came to the river and the bridge … nice to see it from the ground.
When we got home there was a knocking on the door and the postman gave me a parcel.
Now fabulous reader … you know how much I love presents … and this had no stamp or mark of the sender … a mystery.
It was a light package wrapped in brown paper.
I opened the box … and there was another box inside.
I thought that it might be one of those gifts that ends up being a pebble in a teeny tiny box.
And there was another box inside … and then the gift.
To my surprise and delight … a Citroen Deux Chevaux ... and it was made by an ethical company in Madagascar from tin cans.
I love it.
All the doors and the boot open … and the engine lid … and the wheels.
It’s a physical manifestation of my dream to own one.
Gabriel (the Forge) said I could probably get one in the North for a good price.
When some money comes in during January I am definitely opening my 50th birthday Deux Chevaux Fund.
So … who sent it to me?
I think it might be my brother Marc … was it you hon?
Whoever sent it has brightened my day … I can see Coco and me driving along our Leitrim lanes in the summer.
The present let me remember that even when you think you’re going to have a quiet day … cool things can happen unexpectedly.