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Himself & Herself

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.

 

Tue, Dec 2, 2014


Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*

Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.

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Glorious Gardens of Ireland
by Melanie Eclare

A magnificent pictorial tribute to the splendor of Irish gardens, featuring more than 200 color images.
Eclare ushers readers into spectacular Irish garden settings...
Equally captivating are the book's gorgeous photographs of plants, beautiful stonework, outstanding statuary, and the voluptuous floral compositions that adorn Ireland's great castle estates, rural herb growers, country guest houses, and quaint cottages.
Alice Joyce
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