Every Wednesday, for the past two months, I’ve gone to the Franciscan Well to have a pint and a pizza. For the most part I’ve gone alone, but now and then someone else has shown up to keep me company.
I did a bit of writing and it worked pretty well. I enjoyed my pizza and had another pint. Life was good, and very warm. Summer decided to happen on this day. It’s one of the best days of the year.
Then T showed up.
T is an old friend of mine. I’ve known him for almost as long as I’ve lived in Ireland. He’s not a close friend, but we’re on good enough terms that I’ll call him a good friend despite me having slapped him over the face for being a jerk – and he still chooses to hang out with me of his own free will from time to time.
Also, the pizza at the well is good.
We had our pizza and we had our pint and I didn’t write any more and then T asked if I wanted to tag along to Fota. It’s a wildlife park they have right near Cork – kind of like a zoo.
I had planned on going home, having a nap, and maybe writing a bit more. I was tempted, but then I figured I should take the opportunity to actually do something else than sit around on my own on a day like this. Today had easily the best weather in the last two months (while I also had time off from work).
So we went to Fota, and it was good.
We saw the tiger. It’s a new addition to the park for this season. Rumor has it there will be more added.
There is something sad about seeing a wild animal like this behind bars, but then there’s also something special about seeing an animal like this. I’d rather not go to far with that train of thought.
This frog is of course also in captivity, but somehow I don’t feel nearly as bad for it as I do the tiger. I’m just fascinated by it’s big red eyes and its seeming smile.
There were kangaroos too. One of them had a baby in its pouch, but I didn’t get a good picture of that one.
I believe the capybara may be my new favorite animal, at least if going by looks. It somehow manages to look both very relaxed and very dignified at the same time. It’s appearance is somehow soothing, pleasing, and encouraging all at once.
This was a good day, and it was not at all what I expected when I headed down to the well to have a pint and a pizza.