31 October Saturday
HIs nickname is Bapty. I am desperate to know what Bapty is short for. I may have to ask Bapty himself what his name is shortened from. I do not feel familiar enough to make such a query.
30 October Friday
This morning the world beyond our fence had disappeared, again. I went down to the village and all of the mountains were gone. The Galtees were gone. The Knockmealdowns were gone and the Comeraghs were gone. Three mountain ranges completely disappeared in the mist. It was a mist more than fog. It was a wet mist. It was almost rain but it was not rain. It was just soaking wet air which could not be seen through. Tommie shook his head as he told me “We are nearly lost in the wet.”
29 October Thursday
I walked into a shop at half ten this morning. The door was wide open but the place was dark. A boy of twelve was inside. All of the children are off school this week so this boy was spending the day watching the shop. He told me that the electricity had gone off. It was not off everywhere on the street but it had gone off in this shop. I asked if his mother was there. He said she would not be back until two. I said “So she’s gone and left you here in the dark?” He answered “Yes. But it’s okay. There is no fear in me.”
28 October Wednesday
Kieran called out that he had put the box into the back of my Jeep. I do not think of the motor I drive as a Jeep, but everyone else calls it a Jeep. Any vehicle which is a little higher off the ground than a normal car is called a Jeep. A People Carrier. A Range Rover. An SUV. A four-wheel drive. There are a lot of names for these kinds of utilitarian vehicles. Some of them are really working motors and some look like they are working motors when really they are just a version of a station wagon. There are a lot of different brands and models of high up and off the ground vehicles. There are many variations. No matter. They are all called Jeep.
27 October Tuesday
This autumn is very yellow and very golden. The wood road is lined with yellow leaves on the trees and yellow leaves along the edges of the road. It looks and feels like there is special lighting in place.