Since traveling to Ireland and learning more about their history and culture, I have a much better appreciation for the man called Saint Patrick... who, in the mid 400s, was captured from his home in Britain by Irish pirates while still just a teenager, enslaved for years on Ireland, escaped and fled back to the mainland, became a Christian, returned to Ireland to spread the word and build his first church in Armagh (we were there), and ultimately become the patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrated on this day all over the world (and most certainly at our house), Monica and I wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some shots all taken close to home in Saint John.
As a pre-father’s day celebration, Monica and I were treated today by our daughter, Sarah, to lunch uptown at Cask ‘n Kettle. Then the three of us enjoyed a round the block Gallery Hop to seven fine arts shops all within easy walking.
I am very spoiled and so fortunate and happy to be so.
We (Monica, Sarah, Matt and I) feasted today in honor of St. Patrick; born 385 AD in England, captured as a teen and taken to Ireland as a slave, escaped to the mainland as a man, converted to Christianity at a time when it was outlawed, returned to Ireland to spread the word, created his first church in Armagh (Mon and I were there), and has been ever since the Patron Saint of Ireland. Plus, it’s Matt’s birthday today… double the celebrations!! I ended the day with sushi from Superstore. What a wonderful family food day.
The day started at 5:00 am with a rigorous session of driveway snow-blowing… didn’t care for that so much 😐
Then a couple of hours of soldering in the studio (really love that) turned out two celtic knotted crosses…. one for CraftologySJ and one for my sweetheart.
Lunch was a happy gorging uptown at Ta-ke Sushi… and then home with feet up for an afternoon of blogging and sipping great Tempranillo from Spain ☺ and making plans with Monnie for our spring road trip.
Isn’t life grand?
I was delighted to have just finished and deliver a panel to my former mentor at NBCC, Linda Brownrigg, who is retiring at the end of the month as Regional Director of the St. Andrews campus. With nearly 34 years of service, Linda has always been a driving force for the Community College and I know she will be dearly missed. We all wished her a happy future of travelling, curling and enjoying some well deserved peace and quiet.
Titled “On Permanent Vacation”, the panel depicts Linda and her husband, Bill, riding toward the Portland Head Lighthouse on their motorbike. I had great fun creating it and was honored to present it to her myself. You can read the full story of its creation here.
Happy retirement, Linda, and safetravels.
Thank you to whomever for this day… I love Canada Day! Love seeing all the flags a-flutter. This looks like a beautiful one here in Saint John. Clear blue skies. Having coffee with the windows open, I can hear a cardinal singing just behind the house. I love this day especially here on the West Side. Mon and I are going outside to enjoy the morning sun. While she deadheads the flower pots, I’ll take the camera around to see how much red and white I can find for Canada Day.
This afternoon, we’ll head to the bay, Bellisle Bay that is, to visit with Monica’s family, enjoy good food on the barbie, light a campfire and hopefully see a fireworks or two. Love this day… big smiley face! Happy Canada Day to everyone from Nellyglass Studio.
Monica’s birthday (#58) and our anniversary (#32) are 1 day apart (the 29th and 30th). This makes it very convenient for me to remember such important dates and to double up on the celebrations… not that I could ever forget important dates like these … but, old brains, you know.
This year was low key as we are still recouping from our European tour. We celebrated both days with good food starting with Mon’s birthday on Wednesday. We packed a nice picnic lunch and took a car ride up the Saint John River to Wickham. We enjoyed our sandwiches overlooking the river at the Wickham Cemetery. A morbid place for lunch you ask? Perhaps, but such a very lovely spot. Then we moseyed home through Cambridge Narrows and Hampton. Low key and lovely.
The next day for our anniversary, Sarah took us out for lunch at the East Coast Bistro for excellent food of various kinds. How gracious of our daughter. We really appreciated her generosity.
Saying goodbye to Sarah uptown, we gallery hopped until we found something nice for our wall (a Three Sisters paint stamp by Mark/Roland at Retro & Rust). Before leaving the uptown area, we stopped at our favorite sushi restaurant, Ta-ke Sushi, and picked up some take out for supper; Unagi roll, spicy tuna roll and Spider maki roll. We also picked up some Saki to go with it. 😊
Quiet celebrations. Wonderful food. Cherished memories… glad I took photos.