"New Spuds" - watercolor on paper, 9" x 12". Ready for framing.
A couple of blissful days in lovely Listowel. Painting, pubs and new spuds. New spuds? Yes, indeed. The term for the newest of potatoes, buttery and soft. The cream of the crop. And you can buy them at random places in the countryside. Another reason to love Ireland.
There are some things done really well here. We could learn a thing or two from the Irish. In the recent past, a law was passed banning stores from giving out plastic bags (you can buy one, but you can't get them for free) and folks bring bags wherever they go. No more Harris Teeter or Publix bags floating around parking lots, tangled in tree branches, clogging up streams.
The roadways are pristine. Street cleaners are busy round the clock. Perhaps part of the reason the scenery is so lovely is how well cared-for it is. And cigarette butts are "binned", not ground out on the sidewalk.