I have just recently taken redundancy (known as The Lump) from my job as an airport search officer. I'm looking forward to having more time to do the things I love ...like thrifting and spending time in Leitrim. To commemorate the big event my pal Bren wrote me this wonderful poem. Enjoy!
Ode to Angie Lee
Come all me friends and neightours and listen well to me.
I've a story 'bout a girl from Swords - her name is Angie Lee
she used to work at searchin' - at the airport she'd be found
But she took the lump from the DAA and now she's Leitrim bound!
Your'll find her now at markets, from Fairyhouse to Rhyll
and even when it gets too dark, you know she'll be there still.
For treasure hunting is her game, a rooting in the shite
To find maybe, an old gold watch, would be to her delight!
so now its lovely Leitrim, for the summer and maybe more
To markets in Clogher and Carrick and the shops in Ballinamore
To spend her day relaxing and to settle down her head
Here are some pics that will always bring back memories of a fabulous holiday we took a couple of weeks ago.
But first I must show you these...
The Priceless Gift of Friends
A picture put together for us by our dearest friend. A picture of our much loved and missed Daisy, Ed's mam, who died last month. I love the way this friend was so thoughtful to put a fun pic of her and a pic of a daisy on the side. Priceless.
Would you be surprised to find out that this friend is a .....a....a....MAN!!!!!????
Yes, a big, burly, Irish Garda (policeman)
Brendan. Thank you. It is wonderful and SO thoughtful. We appreciate it more than you can know.
The photo he chose of Daisy is one taken of her on her 85th birthday party wearing her red (of course) birthday cake hat!
The Old Schoolhouse Painting
Next is another gift from a very special friend. She stayed in our schoolhouse recently and gave us this fabulous gift of a painting of it. She painted it herself!
We will treasure it! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
...a close up of it.
This is now a Priceless painting!
Now for the happy cruisin' pics of us on our recent hols....where we made some new precious friends.
Ahhhh, happy memories - time spent with loved ones....Pricless
My darling Susan got married on sat, she is my niece on Eds side of the family, Well what a hoolie!!! we did not go to bed till six in the morning! ye ha,, and the bride and groom were still up when i gave in and went to sleep! hope you like the photos [ note to self, must lose weight] no more bread pasta rice or chips for me] will let you know how i get on Angie xxxx
Well i am back, meself and Ed went away for two weeks on a cruise around the Caribbean, we were twenty five years married so we decided to do somthing we had never done before, so off we went , well i have to tell you we had a ball , we met lots of lovely people, ed was singing in the bar, and nearly all the folks we met told us THEY HAD IRISH ROOTS, and you know what they had more Irish names then us!!MURPHYS, O SUILLIVANS, O NEILS ,O BRIENS, the list goes on , so to all my new friends a big hello, and for Charleen who taught me how to sat this ,QH NO YOU DIDNT!!!!![ YOU MUST WAVE YOUR FINGER FROM SIDE WHILE SAYING THIS]and i think it means [the cheek of you] phoyos to follow Angie xx
Today we lost granny Daisy, and she will be sadly missed by all who know and loved her, Light of heaven to you Daisy ,
A Special Tribute to a Unique and Free Spirit... Daisy Bell Lee (by Pam)
Today we said a bittersweet goodbye to a legend in our family.
Well, she was not related to me at all, but still - I loved Daisy Lee. She was the nearest I had ever had to a mother-in- law. She was Angie's MIL and a wonderful one at that. I borrowed her now and again.
I always remember she came to visit me in hospital after I had had my third (in a row) son.
"Now don't be worrying...I did not have my girl until I had six sons first!" said she. .....Ah sufferin' heart Daisy!
She is uniquein this world as the only person who ever has typed The Bible in both Latin and Gaelge (our native Irish Language)
(this is the actual Celtic carriage with the Irish typeface that she used) Isn't it beautiful?
She gave this typewriter to Angie and Ed as she knew they would treasure it. She also typed this up and left it in the typewriter.
She had special carriages she could change on her manual typewriter to do this. Her vintage typewriter was brought into the church today for her service. Angie and Ed keep this special momento at home where it has pride of place. This is a picture of it in the "Wildflower Window" (as imortalised by prize winning Irish writer John McGahern in his bestseller: "Memoir") How appropriate it should come to rest here.
She also typed up the theses of many of our bishops and cardinals and literary talents of Ireland ie: Benedict Kiely ("a perfect gentleman"...according to Daisy) and the wonderful Brendan Behan (Ah...hem!)
When our great writer (but rough diamond) Brendan Behan came into the office, her boss used to send her on an errand 'cos Brendan used profane language and her boss did not want Daisy to hear it! Well, she was just a young lady at the time...
Above: Daisy and her fiance (and future husband): Joe Lee. They got engaged that day.
Well, today I saw - not just her children, but her four DIL's and one SIL in floods of tears at her passing. 'Nuff said?
Daisy was also a talented crafter, cook and a wise old woman who could and did relate to all generations.
A fiesty old bird too......Two years ago she was driving home and was going through green traffic lights when she was side blasted by a getaway car after a bank robbery. The Gardaí (Irish police) were shocked to see that such a "frail" old lady of 85 was the victim in this incident. But sure, Daisy comforted them all of course!
Last year she got a letter in the post from the Gardaí stating "Daisy Bell Lee....You have been awarded two penalty points on your driver's licence for speeding...")
She was delighted! She could not wait to tell all her friends! Done for speeding at 86! She got 2 for doing 70 in a 50 at 86! A Red Hatter if ever there was one.
Well, Daisy love ....your nimble fingers have come to rest and I'm sure the author of The Book is looking after you now.
I have been treasure/thrift trawling lately and here are my spoils! The best bargain I found was this brand new with tags hat. It is just what I have been looking for for a wedding I am going to in September. I was prepared to pay up to 90yoyos (euros) for one but found it in a CS for just €5! More pics of it lower down.
Second best bargain has to be this gorgeous table. Just asking for a makeover....and the price? Scroll down to see!
Needless to say - I won't be wearing my bird with attitude t shirt at the wedding.
Heavy plaster framed mirror.
Love the Art Deco feel to this tealight/pot warmer
In all the time I have been blogging, I have never told you all about my darlin' daughter, Jessica Daisy Lee.
Well here goes, she is the light in my life, sweet kind caring. I remember once when she was only about five we recieved a letter from the school , complaining that she was laughing in class, to which Ed replied " Yes she's a very happy child" ...and she is. And as she gets older [ she's 21 in Dec] we have grown even closer. How blessed I am to have a darlin' daughter like her. She seems to have a gift of touching peoples hearts, ask uncle Paul and aunty Pam.
Jessie adores the ground they walk on. So even though I still think of her as my little girl, I know she is a young woman, with her head screwed on, and I watch with baited breath to see what comes next. So here's to you my favorite daughter...
May the road rise up to meet you,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand ,
and never make a fist.
All my love mammy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx