Thursday, 14 February 2013

That sense of accomplishment (not gymnastics)

..Because I never had an accomplishment in my approx. 6 weeks of gymnastics anyway. Except a cartwheel on beam, an utter fluke. And who let me do that when I couldn't hold a handstand for more than split second..??

Anyway. These are St. Bridget's crosses, not swastikas. The older generations, especially rural, would all know how to make them but barely anyone my age would, which is sad. Every year in school there'd be serious carnage and mangling, except mine :D Anyway, I doubt anyone has seen these before and I think they're cool. We usually have 3 in the house, front door, back door and somewhere else. Keeps the evils away don'tchaknow. I think it's a nice tradition to pass down, and I'm proud that one of mine is better than wikipedia's stock photo...but I'm late by 12 days. Ah well.



And it's totally time for a new blog header. I just had a thought of shopping in tiny gymnasts onto the cross doing handstands and stuff, wow how lame would that be. So it won't be that...




19 comments:

  1. Wow you made that Catherine? Beautiful! My name is the scandinavian version of Bridget actually, and I have one of these as a necklace :) I made one out of post-its at work. And yep, everyone thinks its a swastika lol.

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    1. Thanks! Out of post-its? Brilliant :) But get yourself to a canal for the real deal, or maybe corn stalks or straw would be ideal either. I know, they'd be a nice good luck charm for a gym, except for the whole 'Nazi gym' that would arise. They are probably equally ancient as symbols.

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  2. Those are very pretty! I have seen them before since my room mate in college is of Irish descent. (her husband is Scottish so I am waiting for her to take Scots Gaelic)

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    1. You guys are ruining my perception of how little they are known about outside of Ireland, but you have Irish connections kinda..

      Irish (Gaeilge) and Scots Gaelic are from the same family of languages, but are quite different in some respects. I am fluent in Irish and would not be confident in understanding anything if someone speaking Scots Gaelic was talking to me. A bit similar to Dutch and German..similar to an extent.

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  3. Doh! I somehow forgot to mention she took some Irish Gaeilge classes.

    I have never seen it spelled that way! I have always seen it spelled, "Gaelic" for either Irish or Scots.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Well it's confusing but Gaelic refers to the group of languages, and not Irish in particular. Scots Gaelic is the scots language. Gaelic is no one language. Irish is called either Irish, or Gaeilge.

      Haha thanks, you too. We don't even celebrate it.

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  4. Also, don't be too impressed with my knowledge of all things Irish. I am woefully ignorant, unless you count the fact that I know of a few Irish footballers, (and I won't list them here because I am not sure if they are Irish or Northern Irish or if that even matters to you) loved the movie, The Commitments, and have read the book, The Lion of Ireland. A pint of Guinness is not bad either!

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  5. We are just a tiny island after all, I don't expect much knowledge of it from other countries. I don't follow football, or rugby so your guess would be as good as mine really. Anyone born in Northern Ireland can declare for Ireland or the UK so if they choose the latter they'd be known as British as that's their preference.

    You're missing out if you haven't seen The Snapper. It's the best one of the trilogy, absolutely hilarious, and it's on youtube. Just bear in mind that it was made before a certain thing came to be known as a total no-no and adapted everywhere like it is now.

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  6. I think I have that book! Danny Boyle?

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  7. Danny Boyle directed Trainspotting. I knew there was an oyle into the name.

    I will watch The Snapper if is on Netflix or Hulu Plus.

    Also, you may be too young to remember, but my entire family hooked on Father Ted. Especially the Christmas episode!

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    1. And London's opening ceremoney actually now you mention him.

      The whole film's on youtube too. It makes me nostalgic for Dublin when it was uglier than what I know it as.

      I am too young for it first time around, but it's repeated nonstop and I've seen every episode probably 10 times or more. I LOVE it. It never gets old, even when you know all the lines. I always wondered how other people could find it funny because it's such an insight into Ireland's Catholicism and foibles. Though it is just that funny! And it was broadcast on a British station and they liked it there. Everybody quotes it..no situation or conversation is complete without 'down with this sort of thing' etc.

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    2. anyone who uses the word "foibles" in passing conversations jumps straight to my awesome list :)

      i had a friend in high school who was obsessed with father ted. she was an atheist but she adored it for its humour. i might have to watch it sometime!

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    3. Yes I think you should! Some characters are in-jokes, but overall it's just hilarious.

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  8. LOL. I wrote that last reply on my phone so I apologize for the typos: it has a mind of its own.

    We quote Father Ted endlessly in my home. I just said to my son earlier, "It's the largest lingerie section, I understand".

    We introduced my father-in-law to the program, (he was Catholic) and he appreciated the humor even more as an insider!

    It's lovely to know I can say, "Down with that sort of thing" or "Tea, Father?" or "Take this lump of sugar, baby, you know you want it" and be understood.

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    1. Haha one of the best episodes. It's made better for me by the fact that I worked in that company for nearly 4 years..not the exact store, but two others in the chain. They haven't updated a whole lot!

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  9. Nice new header, Catherine. No pony tails for your girls?

    But seriously, that's better than what I can do on a computer (or by hand for that matter)-- how long did it take you? That and these crosses makes me think you're the artsy crafty type. lol

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    1. Thanks! Haha no, I'm not good with that or faces or hands and feet either.

      I think about 15 minutes to get it down and then another 30-40 fixing their legs and arms. I just don't like collage-type blog headers so I had to unleash my limited MS Paint skills. And no, that's about it as far as arts and crafts things go :)

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