I have been trying to leave comments on some of your blogs but Typepad is giving me the runaround and wont let me without me signing in and then it wont accept my password...AAARRRRGGGGGHHHH
Oh well, I have some lovely pics to share with you. Last weekend I went to Leitrim to spend a girly weekend with Angie, Zinda, Martina and Katie. - the Girls ( I use the term loosley!) We had a very late night - three hours sleep is a very late night, right? and then....you wont beleive this but we went shopping for ...wait for it....12 hours! Yes, 10 am to 10pm. We went to Enniskillen just over the border in Northern Ireland. The shops close at 5.30pm but Zinda, who was driving, brought us all to ASDA and they shopped until closing time there! I didn't, I bought some wool and needles and made a baby's hat while waiting for them. I was shopped out at 5.30.
Now, shopping in Asda might seem odd to you who have Asdas on your doorstep but we don't have them in the south so it was a real treat and they found some great bargains in all departments.
Here's my first lovely pic. We were having breakfast in Angies house, The Old Schoolhouse and I just snapped these pictures of the wall along the table. The light was just right and it really speaks of the peace and quiet that is to be had in this lovley old house.
And some close ups of the details including this lovely old Irish proverb.
And in the living room I spotted this little rainbow dancing on the ceiling between the beams. Maybe this house is at the end of the rainbow!
I love these old prints dating from the 60's of guardian angels and babies and such (there I go again...babies, babies)
Delightful goldtone locket that has the teenyweeniest cross stitch rose on it. The stitches are minute!
There it is on the centre hinge. Maybe it is only a mark in the metal but I like to believe it is gold. Does anyone know a way to find out if something is gold?
Next is an old dressing table set.
Beautiful emerald green hand crocheted doily
And also for St Patrick's Day this wonderful shamrock tablecloth. I really want to keep this but as I keep telling myself "You can't keep everything...sell the shaggin' thing!" (OK, I will but if it has not gone by Patty's Day I'm using it for my corned beef and cabbage dinner!)
I actually have a pale blue one very like this but wont ever sell that as it belonged to my great-grandaunt and she got it as a wedding present 80-ish years ago. It is as fresh and new as the day she got it as a young bride. It is one of my treasures but I use it daily and wash it and iron it and it still comes up like new. They don't make them like that any more. I don't believe in saving good stuff for "best" ...today is special enough to use your best.
And then we have this exquisite drawn threadwork table topper. I am always amazed when I look closely at the hand work on these old linens. See the white embroidery? So perfect I thought it was machined at first but it is not.
here is a close up of it and the thread work and embroidery.
Now this item came as part of a collection and one of the other ones has an ornate cross on it so it was probably an alter cloth work by hand by the nuns. I can't get enough of old Irish linens.
What else did I make last week? Oh yes, I made these fishnet gauntlets for my niece, Jessie as she is always doing stuff for us.
That's all I made (as I was busy partying up in Leitrim for most of it)
And now for the bad news.... We had a really bad spell of weather last month. Untold temperatures of minus 16 and our water pipes burst up at the cottage. Loads of damage but somehow I just can't get het up about it. We can't stay there until it is fixed but what the hell...I am always saying " Your healt is your wealth"
Well, on that bright note I'll leave you for now. I am going to try to comment on your blogs again. But, if you need a good bellylaugh just read on.... this is the funniest Email I have received in a long time...
THIS IS FUNNY!!
Can you imagine the nun sitting at her desk grading these papers, all the while trying to keep a straight face and maintain her composure!
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WORDING AND SPELLING. IF YOU KNOW THE BIBLE EVEN A LITTLE, YOU'LL FIND THIS HILARIOUS! IT COMES FROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST.
KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED. INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN.
1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS. GOD GOT TIRED OF CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH OFF.
2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE . NOAH'S WIFE WAS JOAN OF ARK. NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.
3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIRE DURING THE NIGHT.
4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HAD TROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.
5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY A JEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.
6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINES WITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES.
7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA WHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREAD WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS ...
8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TO MOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE APP! LE.
10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY.
11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUA LED THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.
12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS SON TO STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.
13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE LIAR. HE FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.
14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700 PORCUPINES.
15. WHEN MARY HEARD SH! E WAS TH E MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE MAGNA CARTA.
16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY FOUND JESUS IN THE MANAGER.
17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE CONTRAPTION.
18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD.
19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO OTHERS BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU. HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY SWEAT ALONE.
20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND MANAGED TO GET THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE.
21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12 DECIBELS.
22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.
23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A TAXIMAN.
24. ST... PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY ACRIMONY WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.
25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE. THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.