Friday 13 May 2011

The Robin...

A little bit of Heaven came to visit me today.
It hopped around the garden,
In its fascinating way.
It ate the food I placed for it
And sang a cheerful song,
This feisty little robin,
How I wished that it would stay,
But it left a simple message,
As it gaily flew away.
It’s the little things in life that count.
They bring us the most joy,
And happiness comes from within,
 It's something you cannot buy. 

Wisha when I wrote this poem I was thinking about the little robin I used to have myself. Well he was wild you know but he used to come over to me when I was putting out the food and things - not always mind you, but sometimes he used come to me. And when I'd talk to him he'd turn his head you know, a lovely little thing he was and fine and fat too. Well there was one time I was talking to him and he showing off to me with a worm when around the corner came my old boss Mr Casey. Didn't the robin hop away under a bush.  So there I was talking and he looking and there's no one there! Sure, I was very embarressed first, him thinking I was talking to a bush. I was there thinking 'will ya come out or he'll think I've gone banannas'. Well the robin flew back out anyway and Mr Casey couldn't get over how tame he was, hopping over to me. They can be very friendly you know, them and the wren.
wisha—def : an irish idiom used as an intensive or to express surprise.

Monday 9 May 2011

Something Rash...

Onetime, when we lived in Drimoleague, my Mam had a rash on her face and somebody told her to put zinc ointment on it, which is white you know, and someone else told her to put tar ointment on it, which is black. Well she put white ointment where 'twas a bit mild and the tar where it was more severe. She forgot all about it then and went cleaning. Well later didn't she answer the door to someone who was looking for my father. He didn't say anything to her but I suppose he didn't know what to make of her. She came in anyway and when she saw herself in the mirror in the hall she left a wail out of her. You could just imagine it. She gave out to us all for letting her out like that. That was the end of the cleaning for that day!

Saturday 7 May 2011

Irish baby food...

In my time children used to have this as a meal, it's called Goodie. They're usen't be so many baby foods long ago and they'd be expensive, people just had the plain things I suppose. I've had it a few times; it's alright, at least you knew what you had. People had to make do I suppose.
You just heat some milk, break up a bit of bread and throw it on it with a bit of sugar. You couldn't go wrong with that.

It won't do you any harm anyway. I wonder why they called it goodie? A funny name for it.

Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months

Friday 6 May 2011

The Carpenter...

My sister Kitty got a chest of drawers made and when she went into the carpenter she said;
"You never put the knobs on my chest since...Oh no!...I meant my drawers."
He was in stitches.

Thursday 5 May 2011

Chewing On A Bone...

When I was going to school Nanny told me to call into the butchers on the way home for a bone for the dog. When I got there, instead of asking for a bone for the dog, I asked for a bone for my Aunt. He gave it to me and said;
"Here, that should keep her going for a while."
And there were people in the shop too of course. They had a good laugh. You could imagine my aunt then chewing a bone like.

Wednesday 4 May 2011

The Shoe Factory...

When I was in the shoe factory in Bantry I remember Miss Anton, the supervisor, coming in to me and she said; "There's hardly any sewing being done in that room, they're sleeping with open eyes!" And she meant it. I thought that it was comical. Hardly any sewing being done in that room...heh.
The owner, a Mr Frick was German and was not too impressed with the Irish work ethic either. One time a young fella came in and said he wouldn't be at work the next week as he had to bring the sheep down from the mountain. "Oh right" said Mr. Frick "Well I'll close the whole factory so we can get your sheep off the mountain!" He used to complain the Irish were lazy and that German women would be up at 6 o'clock in the morning to go shopping before work, by the way we would still be in bed. We were in bed when they were up and up too late when they were in bed.
The factory didn't last long.

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Real Wealth...

There was a man in bandon who was very poor, with no family you know, but popular with people. They used to call him 'Tol-ol'. He died anyway and when I went up to the chapel a year later I saw his grave and t'was very well kept, with a beautiful headstone with his name and date and everything and underneath it said; 'Erected by his friends'. T'would tell you how well liked he was.
So he was poor in money but rich in friendship.