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Bridget Nancy Margaret O'Flaherty emigrated to the United States in 1963 to marry the man she had met on a blind date in London, England.
Today, Mr & Mrs Russell Haggerty both work out of the "money pit" - a ramshackle Queen Anne residence in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they raised a family, dropped out of corporate America and now pursue freelance careers in consulting, writing and whatever else will keep the lights on.
Bridget is working on several new books; one will be somewhat of a sequel to The Traditional Irish Wedding and will cover the milestones in an Irish childhood.
Russ is also trying his hand at writing - a mystery novel that isn't set in Ireland but has many Irish connections.
When they're not chained to the computers, Russ stays busy with restoring the house and Bridget does her best to clean up after him.
Questions? Suggestions? Comments? They'd love to hear from you and will respond asap to any and all messages you leave them. You can email them at: Russ & Bridget
Snow storm December 2004
It started snowing and sleeting on December 22 and didn't stop until the next day, By the time it was all over, we had over a foot of snow on the flat and the wind had created drifts of up to five feet or more. Russ started digging out the driveway right away so he could make room for dinner guests to park on Christmas Day. He was still shoveling when the first guest arrived.
More than once, we have been asked to put up pics of something, shall we say, more related to us.
That is difficult. We are just ho hum, fiddling about with problems and having good days and bad days.
Still we have a belief that whatever God you believe in, He talks to us (we just don't listen very often). He's not obvious, His language is all around us and we do have to pay attention. This spring we all have grumbles (mine is "politicians, thieves and bureaucrats - all of them in the trade" - adapted from Mark Twain) but we have this tree. It is an antique Goose Plum. We were told you cannot buy them. She has children, fortunately, and we hope to keep the line going. When we need to listen, she is a complete sentence.
We were also asked to put up photos of the Maple tree last year. Of course we did and here it is:
Taken from our 'office' (right!) window.
We were also asked to put up a photo of the house in question. So here it is; it is no longer 'ramshackle' - we're restoring it (sigh). Here's the side we just finished this last year.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Called whin in the north and gorse in the east, furze was once a symbol of wealth and fertility of land as is emphasized by the saying: "gold under furze, silver under rushes and famine under heather."
As indigenous to the early summer landscape as rhododendrons, it is despised by farmers because of its invasive properties; but in the past, it had many good uses.
It ignites quickly, so it was used for starting the fire: it was also used for cleaning the chimney, tilling the soil, dyeing wool and fabric, and as a flavouring for whiskey (which may have improved its rating with the farmers!). It had medicinal powers and its magical powers were undisputed in preventing the good people from stealing the butter on May day. And, at mid-summer, blazing branches were carried round the herd to bring good health to the cows for the coming year.
Resources: Doon Mayo
and Farmers Journal
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A magnificent pictorial tribute to the splendor of Irish gardens, featuring more than 200 color images.
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