Bantry is a lovely town.
It is big enough to have everything a town should have, yet it is small enough that you can explore the whole town on foot without getting too knackered. It is also a very attractive colourful town, with the sea on one side and the hills and mountains right at its back. I like Bantry.
Friday is market day there.
The market in Bantry is a colourful affair. You can buy just about anything there, and when you have finished, you can have a go on one of several bouncy castles.
I was wandering along with Sandy, idly eyeing the various stalls, when Sandy got pally with an old Labrador. Needless to say, I got chatting to the stall owner. He was a tanner. That is to say, the love of his live [apart from his dog, and I didn’t ask about his marital status] was working with leather.
I am ashamed to admit that I was getting a little embarrassed at the state of the string that holds my trousers up, so I had an inspiration – why not go all posh and have a proper belt? I put the idea to my new friend and he was delighted. He said he would run one up especially for me.
First of all, he got a length of finest harness leather. He burnished off one end to a nice smooth point and then asked if he could borrow my string, to see what size my waist was. I gave it to him, and he measured off the perfect length. I confess I felt a little foolish in the middle of a crowded market with my trousers around my ankles, but fuck it, it was a lovely sunny day and it meant I could cool down a bit.
He stapled on a fine solid brass buckle, and whacked in a few holes, and then just because it was a lovely day he engraved a nice little Celtic motif on it. He did a beautiful job. It is a grand solid stiff piece of leather. He even said there was a twenty year guarantee on it, which was great news, as it means I have at least another twenty years to live.
I tried it out that night.
It is lovely. It smells beautiful and has a lovely feel to it.
I tried it out on myself first. It fits perfectly and holds my trousers up.
Then I tried it out on Herself.
It left some lovely red Celtic motifs on her arse.
The best €17 I have spent in years.