Interesting factoids about Ireland:
1.) For four days here in Cottage 10 it was warmer inside the refrigerator than in the living room.
2.) The shipyards in Belfast produced 22,000 ships in the four years of WWII.
3.) There are a lot of Savages in County Down. A lot. Most of them are dead.
4.) I've come up with a rather plausible epitataph for my gravestone: "He was widely tolerated by many and barely tolerated by those who knew him well."
5.) Ireland's surface area is smaller than Lake Superior, not by much, but certifiably fewer hectares in Ireland than on the Big Lake.
6.) Ireland's water table is predominantly above ground, residing mostly above ground and between the low gray clouds scudding past off the ocean at 600 feet.
7.) Irish pastries are damn near worth moving here. Not grossly sweet, delicate, deserving.