Kat’s Eye #54 – Rainy Reflection


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Word for Wednesday (W4W) #33


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This week’s word is…

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The OH and I popped out to the shops yesterday evening before dinner and as we walked towards the car I noticed the beautiful scent in the air… petrichor. The sun was setting, the air was warm and damp and it was one of those moments that you just notice, you know?

I love smells and have a very sensitive nose.

The scent of earth being dug up in the garden, the scent of the ocean breeze at the beach, the heady scent of the roses in my garden, the scent of slight decay in a forest… are all beautiful reminders of the amazing world we live in. I think in the technological, mechanised world we live in we are at risk of forgetting the simple pleasures in life such as looking at a rainbow, (seriously! It’s mindblowingly magical!), relishing the heat of the sun on our backs, or the refreshing cool breeze on a warm day, the taste of that first sip of coffee or the sensation of having someone you love hold your hand.

The smell of the earth after rain is one of those pleasures, for me anyway.

And here’s the science bit, for those of you that like that sort of thing. I have spent quite a bit of time this morning reading up on it and I found it very interesting… but then again, I am a self-confessed nerd!

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On a completely different note, the word reminded me of a book I read years ago called, The Scent of Rain and Lightening by Nancy Pickard, which was one of those books that make you sad when it ends because you enjoy reading it so much. It has made me think I must go out and look for more of her writing. If you have read it, do let me know if you enjoyed it too.

Ciao!

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Word for Wednesday #16


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This week’s word is pluviophile.

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Living in Ireland, it is fortunate that I do like the rain! We get plenty of it.

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I enjoy the peace of sitting, looking out the window at rainfall, watching the droplets of water run down the glass, listening to the relaxing sound of it on the roof.

I remember walking home one time, a sudden heavy rain shower hit and I was totally unprepared. I remember feeling slightly irritated for half a second and then thinking, “Fuck it!” and raising my face up into the deluge and smiling, feeling the water wash over me. It felt great! I was walking along, drenched to the skin, smiling and laughing to myself. I probably looked like a crazy woman but I didn’t care. It felt… cleansing.

We have a special way of describing rain here in Ireland. You would often hear older people say, “Sure, it’s a grand soft day, thank god.” This refers to a type of rain we get here, more than mist but not quite a full rain shower… drizzle maybe… but even less so. Mizzle!

The poet Winifred M. Letts, although English, spent quite a bit of her childhood in Ireland and wrote this lovely poem about our ‘soft days’:

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Yes, the rain can be annoying, inconvenient and can ruin plans for days out, but without it I wouldn’t have my glorious garden. I wouldn’t live in a country that truly does have at least 40 shades of green decorating our countryside. I hail from Co. Wicklow, which is known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’, and it is simply breathtaking in it’s wild beauty… thanks to our soft days!

I encourage you all to come visit my lovely country.

The people are friendly and funny, the views are spectacular, the food is delicious and the craic is mighty!

But don’t forget to pack a raincoat!

Ciao!

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