Blue dog Halloween fun in Ireland

Blue Dog

We took our daughter to a friend's house for some bobbing apples and trick or treat fun. She met some little princesses and ballerinas from India, France, Ireland and the U.S. She was a little blue dog. I think this is a popular cartoon character in the U.S. I could stray into politics and suggest that while a "yellow dog democrat" is an early 20th century southerner who would rather vote for a yellow dog than a member of the party of Lincoln, a "blue dog democrat" is someone who attempts to bridge the gap between ideological extremes. I think we could use some of that. She has been a good ambassador so far in her travels, though she was somewhat bold to walk right into the house of someone who was offering her treats! My wife an I wore costumes she made for some maids and men in our Renaissance wedding. I was once a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) member and my wife was inspired to sew her wedding dress and my doublet in Italian renaissance style.

Halloween in Ireland seems a tiny bit like halloween in the U.S. 20 years ago. Trick-or-treat was at night in a real neighborhood rather than mid-afternoon in a shopping mall. Illegal fireworks were going off all night long and bonfires were burning on the beach. Children walked only to nearby neighbors so that whether the treat was an apple, orange, peanuts, popcorn or a hypersweetened candy bar, there was little concern that the treats would have to be X-rayed.

The weekend weather was beautiful here, My friend and I managed to go for a short sail Saturday morning. It was the first time I've been out on his boat in less than 30 m.p.h. wind and so this was the first time I've seen his mainsail. The 70 m.p.h. winds earlier in the week were a welcome windfall for his windfarm, unfortunately the accompanying heavy rains caused severe problems for some communities. Ireland is designed for soft steady rain, not the deluges more associated with tropical climates.
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