Monday, March 29, 2010

Celebrating Nature's Beauty

Just finished decorating our out~door Easter tree.I used a wilting bouqet of dried up flowers.I love the signs of wild nature...even dried up!

Spring,the sweet Spring,is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing,the maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting,the pretty birds do sing,
Cuck-oo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play,the sheperds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds that merry lay,
Cuck-oo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet,the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-stunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet,
Cuck-oo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring ! the sweet Spring !

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Reading Area

Depending on what it is and especially the childrens things,it truly seems hard for me to part with some of them. This old baby crib for instance,it was Tanners crib first then the others to follow......
Were getting ready to have a yard sale in the next few weeks. So it has been set out to be sold. I've been starring it down wondering what I could use it for,that I didn't have to part with it just yet.It's old I know when they have there children they'll want something new.So,it was one of two choices......
a) firewood holder, to keep the wood dry
b) spring/summer reading area.
Well you can see which one I picked,the kids have had a wonderful time reading in it,especially toward the evening when their day is slowly winding down.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Naughty Leprechaun"

That little mischievous Leprechaun gets us almost every year.He tends to hit the bathroom for some strange reason? Thank goodness that it's pretty easy to clean up!How can someone only 3 feet tall make such a big mess?

Saint Patrick

Little is known of Patrick's early life, though we know he was born in Roman Britain in the fifth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon in the Church, like his father before him. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave.[1] It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.

In 432, he again says that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to save the Irish, and indeed he was successful at this, focusing on converting royalty and aristocracy as well as the poor. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of teaching and spreading God's word he died on 17 March, 461 AD, and was buried at Downpatrick, so tradition says. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church.

Wearing of green

Originally the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. However, over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick's day grew.[2] Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century.[3] He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.[4][5] Then in the 1798 rebellion in hopes of making a political statement Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching attention with their unusual fashion gimmick.[2] The phrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from the song of the same name.

History in Ireland

It is believed that Saint Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Ireland since before the 1600s. It was also believed to have served as a one-day break during Lent, the forty day period of fasting. This would involve drinking alcohol; something which became a tradition. Saint Patrick's feast day was finally placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding[6] in the early 1600s. Saint Patrick's Day thus became a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's day to a time outside those periods. Saint Patrick's Day is very occasionally affected by this requirement – when 17 March falls during Holy Week. This happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on 3 April in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March. Saint Patrick's Day will not fall within Holy Week again until 2160.
In 1903, Saint Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This was thanks to the Money Bank (Ireland) Act 1903, an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James O'Mara.[9] O'Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs be closed on 17 March after drinking got out-of-hand, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade held in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931 and was reviewed by the then Minister of Defence Desmond Fitzgerald. Although secular celebrations now exist, the holiday remains a religious observance in Ireland, for both the Roman Catholic Church and Church of Ireland.
It was only in the mid-1990s that the Irish government began a campaign to use Saint Patrick's Day to showcase Ireland and its culture.

Friday, March 12, 2010