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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:26 am    Post subject: Hi from a distance! Reply with quote

Hi, all--this is such a friendly, informative, and well-run site, and I hope it's okay if I'm here mostly just to read your posts, since I'm not in Ireland. It didn't seem right to just eavesdrop without saying hello. My maternal grandmother was from County Cork, and she was always longing to return home to Whitegate, but her life was hard here in the US and she never got to go back again, not even once. She spoke so fondly of Ireland, and often commented wistfully that "things were always green" there, compared to the parched Southwestern US, where we lived. Somehow, listening to her as a kid in San Diego, I always wanted to be in Ireland, too, where things were always green.

Because I love gardening and spending time in gardens (and because I cannot get my "green" on at all since moving to Kansas, with the extremes of climate here), I've been reading your posts with great interest. Gardening vicariously, I guess. I'm eager to learn about Irish gardens, and curious about what one can/cannot grow in various parts of Ireland, especially the area my gran was from, in and around County Cork. I figure I can learn a lot about that from reading your posts, and clearly I've not got much of anything to offer in return, but I did want to say hi and thanks for letting me hang out here and absorb some of that green!

PatsAnn

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome PatsAnn.
Would you like to buy a few rain clouds for the parched Southwestern US, as we have had more than our fair share this summer. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to IG PatsAnn,
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPI,
don't be trying to sell them
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Would you like to buy a few rain clouds for the parched Southwestern US


Give them away for free. Better still do a trade with a few leprechauns as a deal maker.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Patsann,
Was that Whitegate, Cork harbour.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AJ wrote:
Hi Patsann,
Was that Whitegate, Cork harbour.


Yes, it was. My gran's father was a boat captain named Sam Dunne. Her mother's maiden name was Mary Barry. The last sight of Ireland my gran had was Cork harbour.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Birdie (love the name)!

GPI, I think you could sell those clouds like mad in San Diego right now.

Foamcutter, I used to look for leprechauns in our garden when I was a kid in San Diego. Gran lived with us, and her tales of Ireland kinda gave me the idea that maybe a spritely leprechaun could be found anywhere, even in California, if only I looked hard enough. I always thought they might be hiding in the lawn.

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