Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Irish Story

I am not Irish
but I have relatives that are

my Aunt Dorrie
was born and raised in Belfast
and came to Canada as a young girl

is was here she met my Uncle Bob
my mother's brother

they fell in love

got married

had 2 kids

and in 1968 they went "home"
for a visit

my Uncle and the kids fell in love

and they moved over in 1969

needless to say
I did not know my cousins very well

I was very young when they moved
and they did not come back to Canada
until 1982

In 1988
Gram and I
went over for a holiday

I fell in love too
but came back home

We flew into Belfast
and toured the entire time

County Antrim
simply beautiful countryside

Belfast Castle

Lady Dixon Park
roses, roses and more roses
I think I drooled the entire time

Giant's Causeway
is the place that stands out in my mind the most
it was spectacular
isn't it amazing what Mother Nature can do!

I sampled the local fare
Irish soda bread
along with an Ulster fry

my arteries and hips are still
paying for that I am sure!

and when we got married
a gift of Irish linen arrived
from my Aunt Dorrie

Uncle Bob has been gone now
since 1998

Aunt Dorrie is enjoying her retirement
and her grandchildren


So in the spirit of everything Irish

here's a cupcake

and a mug of green beer

I do not think I would have them together though
I cringe at that combo!

Happy St. Patrick's Day



Chez Zizi said...

I love the story.

I have always wanted to go to Ireland it sounds so beautiful.


Cathi said...

What a lovely story, Lori! I am steering clear of the green beer but I'll take a cupcake...:) I definitely want to go to Ireland someday! Have a fabulous evening! xxoo :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

I loved this story Lori. I would love to go over there someday. It looks so lush and green:) I could go for some cupcakes and I'd like to try that bread...yummy:) Happy St. Patty's day to ya!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

So lovely to hear about your Irish connections, so it is, to be sure !!!!
I don't have any Irish in me, so St. Patrick's Day isn't something that we celebrate here in the U.K. (apart from the Irish living here, of course !!).
Have a lovely day, Lori and, I'm sure that you will be thinking of your Auntie Dorrie and your cousins, over in Ireland. XXXX

Unknown said...

I would absolutely love to visit Ireland, great photos Lori.

Happy St Patrick's Day!