I'm home alone. Pearlie has gone to one of her regular respite placements so that means two whole weeks without a batallion of carers tramping in and out. And it is also two weeks without her constant griping and complaining. It is a chance for Bert and I to have a taste of what it must be like to live as a couple in privacy and peace. Eight whole weeks a year we get of this and I know that makes us very fortunate people.
As I said I'm home alone. Bert has gone off to Malin Head with a couple of friends. I hope they get reasonable weather and aren't blown off the Head. I've been left with the chickens, the dogs, the pigs and the cats - not too burdensome. Clint has been left with the cattle. I'm supposed to be watching and listening for one of the heifers 'looking away' but we're not holding out much hope. The beast has had numerous goes with A.I. and a good run with the bull and she just can't catch. Clint came in to talk about it. He knows Pearlie isn't here so I've got nobody to moan at me.
Huh! The only place that one will be looking away at is the abattoir. She's far too big a baste to be keeping as a pet.
I interpret this as a dig at the kune kunes but I do not react. He goes on.
Aye! It's the freezer for her, no question about it.
I'm sure he'd like me to get sentimental about her so he can come over all manly and practical and farmerish but I do not give him a chance. He goes on,
Did Bert ever get the bags sorted out for the butcher?
I concur that if he did, I have not been informed of it.
Huh! He's an easy-going boy waltzing off to Donegal in this weather and no worries about the butcher! And in November! Sure it's wild up there! He has little or no sense. I don't know what would take him up to Malin Head at this time of the year!
I remark that I thought the break would do him good and mention that we've got a piano.
Aye! I saw that. I don't know what you thought you needed that for. Huh! What with that oul squeaky clarinet and dinnilin' away on an oul out of tune piano that'll hardly do him much good. It would answer him a lot better to finish that ranch fencing he started.
I have to agree that Bert has a rather dilatory attitude to general chores.
Well! I'm away down to get my own livestock foddered and in before it's too dark to see.
I bid him goodnight.
When he is gone I say to the dogs for there is no one else to say it to,
Y'know – there are a lot of things that Bert is good at, that Clint is not.
And I smile a little smile to myself.