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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Patrick's Day!

Leprechauns were spotted cavorting in the Shamrock.

Tadgh managed to locate the only snake left in Ireland after St Patrick banished them and cavorted all round the house on him while Shamrock's fell all around.

Feargal went to Brownies for the very first time last Friday.
Mostly he just sat on the toadstool and watched.

He sat and watched the fun....

....this is my favourite meeting of the year....I loaded up 4 bags from my collection, from my friend in Mississsippi, of all things green. Mostly necklaces but also dubloons, snakes, tankards, pipes and all sorts of novelties thrown from the floats.
They HAVE to jump up and down and shout
'throw me something Mister!' while we hurl them up into the air. I particularly like the sound of the dubloons tinking as they hit the ground.
I used to think that all American parades were like this! are they???
My daughter is in Canada at this very moment so I am dying to know what happens there.

Can you feel the excitement??
No prizes for guessing that the one in the big hat at the back is me! When I arrived with my hat and my neck festooned with necklaces and my green and orange earrings made by my daughter,,,,the other leaders remarked....'understated as usual!!'

Then we have our parade, they begged to let Feargal join in...
...he was in his element.
At the end of the day they have to give it all back so that Brownies next year can enjoy it all over again. But I do give them each a necklace, I have given hundreds away over the last few years. If I stay in Brownies much longer I will need to restock!!

It's a National Holiday today, we were promised the warmest day of the year so far but it's actually overcast and quite chilly with out the record breaking sunshine we have been getting. We will watch the parades all over the world on TV.
Hope you all have a happy happy day. The lads wish all their cousins and siblings a happy day and lots of mischief! He needs to know what you all did! Nollaig is a bit stunned by it all so far.
PS. Feargal has yet to tell me who he appointed as his NPDA!


  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I have my corned beef in the crock pot and plan to spend the day tatting! Have a great day =)

  2. Hi Tatskool! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

    I definitely had to chime in today on your blog, and thought you'd still have the amazing and WONDERFUL "fashion show" up - but you've already added THIS marvelous post showing your fabulous Brownie group!!!! (And can't forget Tadgh!)

    How lucky are they that you are their leader!!!! I so admire your energy and dedication! I've been checking to see where the local Girl Scouts are around here in Pittsburgh PA.

    Speaking of Pittsburgh, they always have the Irish parade the Saturday before - and it can go on for four hours (no kidding)! Unfortunately it rained this year (although stopped for a bit), and the rivers were rising from all that melted snow (and causing parking problems), but still the crowds were there. DH and I had to miss it, though! We'll enjoy some Irish music at one of the malls today!

    It's sunny and beautiful today, as it should be! It may be too crowded to go to dinner,though!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I am quite the "Irish lass", but I don't think I've mentioned on my blog yet that not only did I marry a 'Polish' fellow, I'm also half Polish myself! My Polish grandparents emigrated from Poland around 1907, and my Dad was born in Massachusetts - and then met my Mom and her Irish family around 1934! He was immediately smitten! My Polish grandparents both worked in the textile mills. Sadly, three of my grandparents died before I was born. My Polish grandmother lived to be 80, and she loved to crochet. Sweet lady. Long stories there, too! So I have both cultures going for me!

    But the Irish relatives definitely were the gregarious type, and I still hear their laughter, singing and stories. Wonderful memories of our trips to Massachusetts! The younger generations have scattered a bit, but many of my cousins are still in the New England.

    Hope you have a great day!

  3. A very Happy St. Patricks day to you, gosh what celebrations there will be tonight in the Emerald Isle, I miss it greatly.

  4. Thanks Paula, Is corned beef an Irish speciality. The big thing here tho' not for Patricks Day especially is spiced beef. Like corned beef but coated in and marinated in a spicy mixture, its divine.

    Hi Kathy, what a great comment thanks. Hope you can find info on a Brownie Girl Scout Troup in Pittsburg and a contact email addy or address, it's not too late , we are only just getting our act together. We filled our envelopes after our 'parade' and they were so excited.

    You sure have a great blood line.
    I guess most parades are on the sat before. In Dublin now we have a St Patrick's Festival that lasts the whole week, saw the parade on TV and it was spectacular.

  5. You certainly celebrated in whole-hearted fashion! I think the Irish pubs here served green Guinness, and there was a small parade in the city last Saturday, for all the Irish dancing schools, but it's not a public holiday here of course. I hadn't heard, though, of the custom of asking for things to be thrown from the floats into the crowd!

  6. Hi Maureen, they certainly don't throw anything here, maybe it is only Mississippi.
    I wonder if there is anywhere that doesn't celebrate our Saint's day.

  7. It looks like Feargal had a great time with the Brownies. Nice hat, and the girls all look lovely with their necklaces on too.

  8. Thanks Bonnie, my madness is appreciated!


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