Soft day

"Soft day, sir John! Soft day, your honour!" In Nestor Stephen imagines the "gruff squire," Sir John Blackwood, mounted on his horse with his "shiny topboots" and receiving respectful greetings from his constituents, even though in the family story of Blackwood's ride to destiny the old man never got past the step of pulling on his boots. A "soft day" in Ireland—often greeted with the expression, "It's a soft day, thank God!"—is a moist one, with everything wrapped in mist and the slightest drizzling of rain.

JH 2012

A soft day in Ireland. Source: