Posted on March 30, 2016
Today is the last Wednesday in March will end the Irish sayings, quotes, toasts, and wishes. I hope you’ve enjoyed the witty Irish sayings as much I’ve enjoyed sharing.
Do you have a favorite Irish saying you’d like to share?
Posted on March 28, 2016
Rivers in major cities all over the world have run green this month. Bars filled with people wearing fake beards, green top hats, and sunglasses shaped as twin four-leaf clovers. After all, with or without any Irish heritage, everyone’s Irish at least on St. Patrick’s Day.
For sure, there’s been lots and lots of craic (Irish fun) and blarney (talk that is not necessarily true, but eloquent) going on.
If you’ve read my Wednesday posts, you’ve read a lot of Irish blarney. Some words less well-known idioms and blessings, some more familiar and oft-repeated quotes and sayings of Irish humor and insight. I’m thinking some of the lessons were clearly learned the hard way.
To receive the gift of Blarney, it’s said you should kiss the Blarney Stone located in the tiny village northwest of Cork in Country Cork within the Castle.
The castle itself was constructed in 1446, but the history of the place goes back two centuries before that time. The origins of the Blarney Stone as a magical stone is a mystery.
Some believe the stone at the castle is the stone Moses struck to produce water for Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. Others believe it to be Jacob’s Pillow brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah and became the Lia Fail, or ‘Fatal Stone’, oracular throne of the Irish kings.
Still others tag it as the Stone of Ezel, which David hid behind while fleeing King Saul, and brought to Ireland during the Crusades. Ultimately to be used as the Coronation Stone of Scottish monarchs and St. Columba’s traveling altar throughout Scotland.
After Columba’s death, the stone came to Ireland to serve as the Stone of Destiny, the prophetic power of royal succession.
It is known that the word Blarney itself entered the dictionary during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, when Dermot McCarthy, castle ruler, kept delaying to surrender his fortress to the Queen as proof of his loyalty. When the Queen heard his excuses, she said “Odds bodikins, more Blarney talk!”
Shortly thereafter the Francis Sylvester Mahony, an Irish bard of the early nineteenth century, wrote:
There is a stone there, that whoever kisses,
Oh! He never misses to grow eloquent:
Is all that history true? Who knows? The Irish are, after all, the world’s greatest story tellers.
Whether any of the blarney is true or not, Blarney Castle and its magical stone attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
And let me tell you kissing that stone is quite a feat. First, you climb up 90+ feet inside the castle stairway then execute a back bend that would cripple a skilled gymnast.
The higher I climbed the more my fear of heights and dark, narrow stairways kicked in. I never made it to the top. Instead taking the first exit to enjoy the garden and gift shop.
Personally, I think there’s a touch of the o’blarney in all writers whether they’ve ever been to the isle and kissed the stone or not.
Don’t you agree?
Posted on March 23, 2016
For years a lovely plaque with the words of this fun Irish toast hung in the guest bathroom at our house. I cannot tell you how many people came out with smiles upon their faces. And, reading it always brings a smile to my face.
It’s a fun toast, should you have need for one.
Posted on March 18, 2016
Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
8 – The number of dogs in the house – our 6 plus Miller and Jengo. These are the dogs we often keep while their owner is out of town. This is the first time to have them since acquiring Max and Penny – Tucker’s puppies.
7 – The number of people working out of our house. Rachel is housesitting elsewhere but comes by for meals. Matt and Catherine are home from college. Catherine brought her finance. Bill, our exchange student, is here along with Brian and me.
6 – The number of cars at our house the day Matt grilled ribs and steaks. He invited a friend to join the fun.
5 – The number of free roosters Brian agreed to take.
4 – The number of free roosters that actually made it into our cage. One escaped during transfer and was last seen flying down the street.
3 – The number of days Catherine and Caleb are here
2 – The number of nights Matt slept on the floor.
1 – The number of bee stings received this week – remarkable considering all the other numbers. Chicken Wrangler Sara’s ear was the recipient.
0 – the number of regrets I have about Spring Break.
Having a house full of chaos is how we roll on Miller Farm
Posted on March 16, 2016
Today I’ve a chart of Irish slang for you. The Irish do have a way with words.
|a useless fellow||He’s fit to mind mice at a crossroads.|
|someone who committed some small fault||‘Tis only a stepmother would blame you.’|
|a tall, large woman||That’s a fine doorful of a woman.|
|a gossiper||She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.|
|a poor, thin creature||The breath is only just in and out of him, and the grass doesn’t know of him walking over it.|
|a coarse, ill-mannered person using poor language||What would you expect out of a pig but a grunt?|
|trying to change a stubborn person’s mind||You might as well be whistling jigs to a milestone.|
|very bad music||Aw, that’s the tune the old cow died of.|
|one who overstays their welcome||If that man went to a wedding, he’d stay for the christening.|
|a talkative person||That man would talk the teeth out of a saw.|
|a person who paid too much for a cow||He bought every hair in her tail.|
|a clever thief||He’d steal the sugar out of your punch.|
|praise of strong whiskey||I felt it like a torchlight procession going down my throat.|
|a woman who made a bad marriage||She burnt her coal and did not warm herself.|
|bad aim in shooting||He wouldn’t hit a hole in a ladder.|
|an impish child||That one suffers from a double dose of original sin.|
|an unfortunate one||He is always in the field when luck is on the road.|
|very wet weather||It’s a fine day for young ducks.|
|someone who always plans carefully||If he’s not fishing he’s mending his nets.|
Find anything you could use?