Fun in the sun: Jeffrey Carolan had an innovative way of cooling down during last week’s hot weather.
The Sheep on the Hill
Today on the twelfth the sheep on the hill
Are spread all around and they graze with a will
They are very content each side of the hill
And they talk to each other as their stomachs they fill
The evening has come and the sun it goes down
Then the shepherd he comes with a car that is brown
He looks at the sheep that are grazing away
And he knows they’re all right at the end of the day.
Then he goes back down again to his home in the glen
And the sheep they all gather as the night it draws in
Their breeds they are many as they do congregate
There are Suffolk and Blackface that comes from the glens
Then there are Dortmoors that come from the fens
There are Galways and Cheviots that are in Wicklow still
But the best of them all are the wee Kerry hill
So all of these sheep they sleep in a bunch
As the fox he goes through them in search of his lunch
But tonight he gets nothing as the mammy does come
And he goes away hungry as home he does run.
He finds a few slugs down near the wood
And these they do fill him and then he feels good
But now the wee sheep are starting to stir
And the sun it comes up and shines on the fur.
Beneath the fur bush there came during the night
Two little lambs and their eyes they shone bright
For their mother she had them as the clock it struck four
And the fox was a-prowling just outside the door.
But now they have risen and have drank their fill
And soon they will join the sheep on the hill.
One of the accounts we’ve been glued to recently is @denise_bethphillips from Newbridge.
Denise is Mom to eight-year-old Beth, who was conceived after nine rounds of IVF. She and her husband Mark have been trying a long time for baby number two, a journey that was documented in 2017 by TV3’s The Babymakers.
Then earlier this year, she found out she was pregnant naturally, and not just that, she was 27 weeks pregnant. It was a pregnancy filled with lots of surprises, including her getting Covid days before giving birth, which she has also documented on her account.
The good news though is baby Jude was born healthy and happy earlier this month.
Her account isn’t just about babies and fertility, the business woman is also co-owner of Pelo Hair which has salons in Newbridge, Dublin and Belfast and she also runs Voduz Hair, a range of hair products so you’ll get lots of hairstyling tips.
My daughter made $110 on her lemonade stand today, in like an hour. Turned out people were handing her $5s and $10s and she was just assertively saying thank you for the tip, and not offering change.— Eric Hulse (@phn1x) July 25, 2021
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The number of people stuck in a backlog waiting for their driving or theory test. Read more in Consumer Watch.
From our sports columnist Denis Hurley:
At the end of June, the local tennis court – idle for the previous 50 weeks – was booked out as Wimbledon fever descended; then it was time for the Tour de France, so we scaled the local hills and pretended they were the Alpe d’Huez; before climbing our imaginary horses and scaling the cushion-based jumps like Eddie Macken around the time of the Dublin Horse Show