“To a Mouse” is a well loved poem by Scotland’s favourite son Robert Burns 1785. Burns was ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, which it needed to survive the winter. In fact, Burns’s brother claimed that the poet composed the poem while still holding his plough.
The lengthy poem describes Burn’s affection and sadness for the mouse at the destruction of her nest however in verse seven we read the above quote:
But Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The Best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For a promised joy!
Above is just me Barbara, Tourist Guide for Guided Tours Ireland and Armagh Guided Tours working through the present day situation regarding coronavirus.
Plans and bookings for your 2020 trip to Northern Ireland will probably not now take place however with a little bit of tweaking here and there there is no reason why your trip cannot be enjoyed in 2021………..maybe bigger and better!
For me it is eerily quiet here with no email enquiries only email cancellations. I have accepted it now and occupy my time on the farm with the new lambs. Glad to have this distraction and to enjoy nature at work.
I would however encourage you all to look on around the corner or over the horizon and plan for 2021. Don’t be shy about asking for help with a specific route through Ireland, hotels/Bed & Breakfast or indeed some extra interests you may wish to enjoy. Like me you will certainly have plenty of time to brain storm and interact with your travel friends over the internet.
Researching and planning with you for that 2020 trip to Ireland has been rewarding however the meeting up is the icing on the cake so keep on planning with 2021 in mind.
In the meantime keep safe, be strong and keep dreaming of Ireland!