Irish Class, April 27, 2009
Rang Gaeilge, 27ú lá mí Aibreáin
Saturday afternoon (when it was not raining) I was doing some woodwork outside our tent at colgaffneyis muster. One of our newer members came by to look at what I was doing and chat. He is an older fellow (mid-late 40’s I would guess). He saw what I was doing and said he wished he could actually do stuff like that. I told him that I will turn 58 next month and I have only gotten serious about this in the last 10 years.
I hope he got the message.
colgaffneyis stuff is out of our garage, and we have managed to get our stuff out of it as well. So we are able to put both cars in it. Still to do:
- Put away all the wool plaids that have been drying in the basement.
- Clean the rust off some of my tools that were caught in the rain at Mankato.
- Clear my workbench (At least far enough that I can use it).
- Finish the froe club that I made at Mankato. It is actually usable now, but the handle could use some more work.
- Revise the notes on Scottish and Irish Gaelic from my talk at Mankato. I was quite gratified by the interest shown by my fellow members. I will submit the notes to colgaffneyis newsletter and put them up on my website.
The rain let up some this afternoon, which made packing bearable. We are heading back to the Twin Cities with a load of wet canvas and other gear.
We had a good night’s sleep. For me it was one of the best night’s sleep ever at a colgaffneyis event. We were woken by the breakfast bell at 8AM, followed immediately by loud thunderclaps. It has been raining hard ever since.
Fortunately, our site (Jack McGowan’s farm) has a lodge house which we are able to use. We have retreated there until the rain stops, or we have to pack and go home anyway. We have some indoor activities to keep us busy. E.g., I gave a brief talk on the Gaelic languages which was well received.
Just south of Mankato, at colgaffneyis muster. This is an internal, non-public training event. It is going well. I have had the time for some woodwork as well as helping out with the camp chores. More when I have access to a larger computer.
Happy Earth Day/Happy Lenin’s Birthday !