I don’t know why I am thinking about gooseberries and Ireland today. I first encountered gooseberries when I moved to rural central Missouri 24 years ago. Little green striped berries on a bush that was prickery and easy to overlook in the landscape. The berries were beyond tart! I was surprised, when I visited Ireland in 2007, to find them a common wild plant there as well. I remember sitting on the wall of my friend’s patio sketching the gooseberries while dinner cooked and the sheep in the pasture across the road baaaaa-ed at each other and at the tourists who stopped to take pictures of them.
Only in Ireland, or perhaps England or Scotland, are sheep tourist attractions of the first magnitude….Maybe location really is everything.
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