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Feb. Newsletter

Top O' The Morning To All,

Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte

100,000 Welcomes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Would you like to get 5.00 off your order at the Celtic Attic? Place an order between now and March 12th and use code 5off on orders of $25.00 or more, to get 10% off any size order use code tenp. We will send you a link to a survey when your order is completed so you can give us your thoughts on our new shopping cart and our website in general. … http://www.celticattic.com or http://www.acelticcalling.com/

To celebrate our 15th year of doing business milestone, each order will receive a free pdf copy of my cookbook version 2.

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: This day has been associated with parades and parties and festivals. Of course Green Beer and Irish whiskey are always tried and true for those of us over 21. For the wee ones try adding Green food dye to water, ice tea or soda. Makes for a fun and festive drink. Shamrock cookies and candies add to the Sugar overload. Always have fun and remember that this is a day of fun and frolic. We could talk about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and American and Irish traditions, but the Internet is full of stories about the history. We just want you to know we believe the love of all things Celtic should be a year round experience not just celebrated on one day per year and forgotten. So here’s a wee toast for March 17th

The Wearin O the Green

Parades and festivities abound.

Wee ones and adults alike frolic around.

Shopping and Crafts and holiday faire

Line the city streets and rural routes everywhere.

After the parades and shopping end

And the sugar overload in our kids mend,

We send them to bed thinking of a St. Patrick’s Day dream

And we head to the pub for a shot of Jim Beam!

Or Jameson Irish Whisky for the Celtic Attic Team. Ó Kristin Olsen 2014

We have a great many items for sale that will make both your St. Patrick’s day perfect… I would put a link to St. Patrick’s Day, but that is the whole website. We have added some new products to the website including Celtic Fairy Lotions that we are making right here at the Celtic Attic! Visit our new product page!

 

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We are starting our St. Patrick’s Day basket giveaway. We just started carrying a line of Irish and British food in the store, so we will make up a super sweet candy and tea basket for our lucky “Wearin O the Green” contest winner. You only need to enter once and you are automatically entered in this contest as well as our normal monthly contest for 2 Irish Pendants.

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Recipes from the Celtic Attic Cookbook

Irish Crab Chowder From Shirley’s notes about a trip to Maine

 

1/2 cup onion

1/2 cup celery

3 tablespoons butter

3 cups milk

1 can condensed frozen potato soup

1 7 1/2 oz can or fresh crabmeat, if canned drain

1 8 oz can cream style corn

2 tablespoons chopped pimento

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup parsley

Cook onion & celery in butter until tender. Add rest of ingredients except the Sherry & parsley. Cook until heated through stirring often. Cook about 15 minutes. Stir in sherry. Remove bay leaf and garnish with parsley.

 

TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS:

Thank you so much for the last 15 years of joy, passion, and discovery, learning, growing and of course selling. We appreciate you and without all your fiery passion for our history and heritage and all things Celtic we would not be here today. We plan on at least another 15 years or more. To celebrate our 15th year milestone, each order will receive a free pdf copy of my cookbook version 2. The cookbook is being updated with new recipes this year in Nov. I am also launching hopefully two books this year, the long awaited Celtic Haunted Highway and a new book the ABC’s of Recovery.

We have had a tough few months here at the Celtic Attic with the death of two children, on son’s girlfriend passing suddenly and leaving my grandson without a mum and my eldest son being hospitalized after a bought with the flu. So needless to say that everyone comes to me because of my degree in Psychology and my Life Coaching practice. I have counseled so many in the last few months it is a whirlwind for my mind. As I was thinking about all of this I realized that a nice little booklet with some Celtic prayers, meditations I grew up with, some pictures I have been taking of peaceful and amazing scenery and some upbeat words of inspiration might be just what everyone needed, so I put a few things together and the kids loved it. I will expand upon it to cover the whole alphabet and days of the week so hopefully it can help others out. There will be more about this book in upcoming newsletters. As with most of my self help books it will be available in PDF and in soft cover versions. I will also be launching a GoFundMe campaign to help with the production costs for this book. Anyone that donates will get a free copy of the book. So stay tuned for this.

As Always, Peace

Kristin and the staff at the Celtic Attic

408 Pacific Ave Bremerton, WA 98337

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January 2015 Newsletter

Top O' The Morning To All,

Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte

100,000 Welcomes

We wish you a Happy Late New Year from the Celtic Attic. To celebrate the Sale starts now $5.00 off your order of $25.00 or more and A Gift with every order from now until Feb 4th, put in code 5off into the Coupon Code field to get that $5.00 off your order. If your order is under $25.00 use code tenp to get 10% off. http://www.acelticcalling.com or http://www.celticattic.com

We just wanted to thank each and every one of our customers for an amazing 2014. We have had a fun and interesting year with our Downtown Bremerton store and the Holiday store in the Kitsap mall. Both have been great adventures. We are working on opening another Celtic Attic store in East Bremerton or Silverdale that will have our handcrafted furniture, paintings and my new Celtic photography products as well as all our other product lines that are on the website. We are going to have a Photo Dress up booth and offer pictures as well as computer services and of course Celtic Attic shopping. We will be expanding our line of Irish, Scottish and British import foods as well. I only have a few leprechauns helping me right now, so it is a slow process. Stay tuned for more information about the store and the new products we are launching.

We also want to thank everyone that has supported our personal losses this holiday season. We lost 3 people this season and the last being my youngest son’s best friend’s girlfriend, who is really my kid too because he lived on my couch for years. She passed away the 30th of Dec from a gran mal seizure at age 19 and left behind my son and my 8-month-old grandson. We are working our way back from this loss to realize there is a plan in everything and everything has some purpose and meaning even if we are not intended to know it. It is certainly guiding my path and helping me realize that we must shoot for the stars even if we don’t make it and are hanging on to the tip of that elusive star swinging it might still be a fun ride. Life is an adventure so live it to the fullest! As we Celts know as too well.

Happy Early Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day! We have a great many items for sale that will make both your days perfect… We are in the process of adding more items for your shopping pleasure.

St. Patrick’s day start here, but really the whole website works for this celebration - https://www.acelticcalling.com/shop-by-theme/st-patrick-s-day.html

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Most of your Favorite Celtic Attic goodies are now in the store location along with a wide variety of other gifts and jewelry. We have balloon baskets, gift baskets and so much more! It is a Celtic & Gift Shop Paradise. The store is called Gift Shop Alley. The store address is 408 Pacific Ave, Bremerton WA 98337. For those that would love to visit and get your Celtic on, drop by Tues-Sat 11am-5PM.

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Our Irish Blessing to you and yours… May your troubles we few. May your joys be abundant. May you drink a toast and share a boast with everyone you encounter along your path this year. This is the year of pay it forward for us, so stay tuned for our life coaching sessions that we will be offering at no charge in March! Light and love on your path and peace to all who walk with you.

As Always, Peace

Kristin and the staff at the Celtic Attic

408 Pacific Ave

Bremerton, WA 98337

360-286-2440

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August 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the new format and delivery service for the Celtic Attic Newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the new look and as always welcome your suggestions and input. Click here to read the full newsletter.

 

 

We have added some new products to the website including Celtic Fairy Lotions that we are making right here at the Celtic Attic! We just added our NEW Fairy Wish Kit and Fairy Garden Kit to the shopping portal website.  You can purchase them NOW.  They are already in the store available for purchase. Visit our new product page!

 

 

Can you believe we are about ready to celebrate Labor Day. Wow where has the summer gone? I am glad for the end of our high heat wave here in Western WA, with the heat come the ants… I love all creatures but ants and spiders are on my list of the least fav things in my house. The store has been very busy and we have some great handcrafted items in there as well as a great selection of Celtic Gifts, Jewelry and assorted goodies. Drop by when your in Bremerton, WA and say hi! For a list of all the shows we will be attending, visit this page.  

 

 

Want a great savings on your order? Use code Tenp to get 10 percent off your order now at the Celtic Attic… Free gift with every order, we have some great free goodies to add to your order, so shop now and get your surprise free gift.

 

 

Tasty Foods & More

 

Irish Crab Chowder From Shirley’s notes about a trip to Maine

1/2 cup onion

1/2 cup celery

3 tablespoons butter

3 cups milk

1 can condensed frozen potato soup

1 7 1/2 oz can or fresh crabmeat, if canned drain

1 8 oz can cream style corn

2 tablespoons chopped pimento

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup parsley

Cook onion & celery in butter until tender. Add rest of ingredients except the Sherry & parsley. Cook until heated through stirring often. Cook about 15 minutes. Stir in sherry. Remove bay leaf and garnish with parsley.

 

 

Irish Wit & Whimsey

 

Warrior Father

I will rejoice in the knowledge of you and the legacy you left to me.

To discover, nurture and treasure all that life presents to me.

You are my Father, my Ancestry, and my Future.

May the Angels sing sweet songs for you each night and day

For eternity.

 

 

Celtic Candy Quotes

 

A lifetime of memories are made in the blink of an eye and the falling of a rose petal. Savor the rose, its petals, thorns, stem and even the bugs that occasionally invade its space for it is life and it is the journey. The destination is important and joyous upon arrival but only if the journey to that destination is actually lived to the fullest. Stop and smell the roses along the path of your life. Each petal is an ending and a beginning. Life is always changing and evolving, embrace it.

 

 

Always plant Rosemary at your Garden Gate for good luck - "from the movie Practical Magic"

 

 

Want to know more about Labor Day and the origins of this USA National Holiday? See below or click on the link to read the Full Newsletter on the website.

 

 

 

Bet you didn’t know that the Irish are at the heart of the Labor Day Concept

? What you say? The Irish, ummm how is that possible?

 

 

Below is a short tale of an immigrant woman… I bet we can all relate to this story in some fashion or another. I my own case, my family hails from County Cork as well. My great-grandfather died helping to insure that the railroad system came through County Cork to connect the Island of Eire.

 

 

My grandfather was also an immigrant to the USA. He worked in the coal mines mentioned in this article at the ripe age of 7. Can you imagine working in a coal mine? Now picture being 7 years old and going to work. They weren’t forced it is just the way it was. Families had children to help on farms and help support and contribute to the family. Coals mines paid these children a living wage they could take home to put food on the table.

 

 

Read and enjoy the story below about the beginnings of Labor day. Enjoy your sandwich on the beach with your kids or your splash in the hotel pool. Do please remember those of all nationalities this Labor Day that have paved the way for the freedoms we now enjoy and those that died to give us what we take for granted today.

 

 

Enjoy the last week of Summer and may you make wonderful memories to carry forward this Holiday weekend.

 

 

Mary “Mother” Jones was born Mary Harris in Cork in the early 1800s. She immigrated to Canada, lost her husband and her four children in a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, all her possessions in the Chicago fire, and as a woman in her 50s went on to become one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World. Her work with the United Mine Workers earned her the title “Angel of the Camp.”

 

 

One of the many contributions that Mother Jones is remembered for is the work she did on behalf of the wives and children of strikers, and the 1905 children’s march she led from Kensington, Pennsylvania, to President Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home on Long Island, New York, to protest child labor (children as young as seven worked on the slag heaps in Pennsylvania).

 

 

My favorite Mother Jones quotes is “Pray for the dead but fight like hell for the living.”

 

As for Labor Day itself, depending on the source, the holiday is credited to either Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire. Either way, it’s safe to say that the national day commemorating America’s workers was first proposed by an Irishman.

 

 

Peter McGuire was born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side in New York in 1852. He left school at age 11 to become the breadwinner for his family when his father went off to fight for the Union Army. At 17, he was apprenticed to Hanes piano shop. He successfully protested against poor conditions and a wage reduction, but was later harassed out of his job.

 

Unbowed, Peter took his carpentry skills on the road, hopping freight trains and talking to laborers across the country, and in 1881 he organized a convention in Chicago where the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners was born.

 

 

According to most records, McGuire, who was also a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to propose a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

 

 

Other sources credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist and a member of the International Association of Machinists, as the first to propose setting aside a day to honor American workers. Maguire served as a secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, which organized the first-ever Labor Day parade in 1882.

 

 

In 1905, the same year that Mother Jones, who had been called “the most dangerous woman in America,” was marching her children to New York, Mike Quill was born in Kilgarven County Kerry.

 

 

At fourteen he fought in Ireland’s War of Independence. In 1926, blacklisted for serving with the “anti-Treaty” forces, he made his way to America at the tender age of 21.

 

Times were tough, but he found work constructing the new IND subway line in New York -- 12-hour days, seven days a week.

 

 

Inspired by the great Irish labor leaders and revolutionaries Jim Larkin and James Connelly, Quill set about organizing the transit workers. And in 1934, with the help of some fellow Irishmen and others, he founded the Transit Workers Union.

 

 

Opponents called him “the most dangerous man in America.”

 

 

On the occasion of his death Reverend Martin Luther King paid Quill the following tribute: “Mike Quill was a fighter for decent things all his life - Irish Independence, labor organization and racial equality. He spent his life ripping the chains of bondage off his fellow man. This is a man the ages will remember.”

 

 

Excerpts taken from PATRICIA MCCARTHY @irishcentral September 01,2011 Orginally published 9/8/2009.

 

 

When was the First Labor Day?

 

 

According to the Department of Labor, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, according to the plans of New York's Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day followed a year later, on September 5, 1883. Labor Day wasn't part of a three-day weekend until 1884, when the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed by the Central Labor Union, who then urged other labor organizations in other cities to celebrate the holiday on the first Monday of September.

 

 

 

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October 15th Newsletter

Top O' The Morning To All,
Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte
100,000 Welcomes

Happy October, can you believe it… Where did the summer go? We are having some nice weather here still in Western WA, not sure what means for this winter, so get your holiday orders in now while we have plenty of stock and the weather is good!  

We have some great new gifts and some old tried and true ones.  Why not buy a Personalized item or a Celtic pendant.  Or you can check out our Jewelry pages to discover all the wonderful items we have available.

Jump right to our online shopping portal Christmas Section Or explore the Celtic Attic for all your gift giving needs: All Ornaments, Personalized, Scottish, Holiday Gifts!


We want to offer this great Shopping Deal to you from today until Halloween.   $5.00 off your order now at the Celtic Attic, just enter code 5off in the coupon field at checkout.  Plus get a candy bag & a wee GIFT FREE with each and every order.

Here is the deal of the month at the Celtic Attic.  The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold is now available for FREE in PDF format.  That's right, FREE.   We have decided to give you this gift so that you might be inspired to start your own business or just read about how we started ours!  Just click on the link below for more information and then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your free copy.

Irish Wit & Whimsy

 

SLAINTE!    

Good health! (Pronounced Shlan-tah)

CEAD MILE FAILTE!

One hundred thousand blessings!   (Pronounced   Kade-mee-lah-fall-cha) 

Bits & Pieces of my Celtic Heart

 

As a kid I remember my grandfather calling to my mother to get on the piano and start playing his favorite songs… It would always begin with “in the garden” and end with “O Danny Boy”… She would play, he would hum, then break out his guitar and they would both sing. Then they would start all over again and drag me and my grandmum into the action. Pretty soon the whole house was alive with the sound of Piano, Guitars and singing…

Celtic Candy Quotes

 

“I have a dream”

and it came to pass.

Follow your heart

as dreams may not last.

And if they do

they slip away so fast.

So hold the dream

and follow your heart.

A dream will come true

if you believe it to!

Kristin Olsen

Tasty Foods & More

 

Christmas Punch a la Shirley

1 can orange juice 1 quart

1 can pineapple juice 1 quart

1 can apricot nectar 1 ping

1-quart rye or bourbon

Combine above, let set in refrigerator. When ready to use add 1-quart club soda and ice.


TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Tips N Hints - Songs from the Old Country
Irish Recipes
Irish Travel
Scottish Recipes
Scottish Travel
Welsh Recipes
Cornwall Recipes
Cornwall Myths & History
Celtic History & Myth
Celtic Attic Free Giveaway
Removal Policy & KC's Notes
Advertising

TIPS N HINTS: Songs from the Old Country

WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY
COME DAY, GO DAY
(Glyn Hughes)

Come day, go day
Wish in my heart it were Sunday
Drinking buttermilk thru the week
Whiskey on a Sunday

He sits in the corner of old beggar's bush
On top of an old packing crate
he has three wooden dolls that can dance and can sing
And he croons with a smile on his face

His tired old hands tug away at the strings
And the puppets dance up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died
In 1904
The three wooden doll in the dustbin were laid
His song will be heard nevermore

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three

Recorded by Irish Rovers

IRISH RECIPES:

Drop by the Celtic Attic's Irish Food section:
http://www.celticattic.com/treasures/irish_food.htm
Check our New Irish Kitchen Section:
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Irish Chicken-Leek Pie

10-12 inch pie pastry
1 Chicken, about 4 lb*
4 1 inch-thick Slices ham steak
4 large leeks, cleaned/chopped
1 large onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp Ground mace or nutmeg
2 cups Chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream

*Jointed, chopped, skinned and de-boned and cooked with salt, garlic, sage,
1 stalk chopped celery, and 1 chopped onion.

In a deep 1 - 1 1/2 quart dish, place layers of the chicken, the ham, leeks
and onion or shallot, adding the mace, nutmeg and seasoning, then repeating
the layers until the dish is full. Add the stock, and then dampen the edges of
the dish before rolling out the pastry to the required size. Place the
pastry over the pie and press the edges down well. Crimp them with a fork.
Make a small hole in the center. Roll out the scraps of pastry and form a
leaf or rosette for the top. Place this very lightly over the small hole.
Brush the pastry with milk, and bake at moderate heat, 350F, for 25-30
minutes. Cover the pastry with damp greaseproof paper when partially cooked
if the top seems to be getting too brown. Gently heat the cream. When pie is
cooked, remove from oven. Carefully lift off the rosette and pour the cream
in through the hole. Put back the rosette and serve. (This pie forms a
delicious soft jelly when cold.)

IRISH TRAVEL:

Name: Killarney National Park

Location: Ireland

Date Established: 1932

Size: 41 square miles (106 square kilometers)

Did You Know?

• Ireland's Top Peaks Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s tallest mountain range, the irresistibly named McGillycuddy’s Reeks. The peaks top out at over 3,280 feet (1,000 meters).

• Lake Land Killarney is famed for its beautiful lakes, which cover about a quarter of the entire park. From their shores rise mountain slopes, cloaked by notable forests like Tomies Wood. One of Europe’s only remaining pure yew woods can be found across 60 acres (25 hectares) of the Muckross Peninsula. Together these trees make up some of Ireland’s largest remaining stands of old forest.

• Native Deer Red deer have lived in Ireland since the last ice age and now survive only within the refuge of the park. Local waters are home to salmon and trout, and water-loving birds like cormorants thrive in the park.

• Dinis Island Dinis Island is home to Dinis Cottage, a historic lodge and charming tearoom. Walkers and cyclists can reach Dinis by crossing the Muckross Peninsula or meandering along the lakeshore some 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) from Killarney Town. Boats also dock here and return to the boathouse near Muckross House.

• Mansion and Farms Muckross House and Gardens is a major cultural attraction within the park. The 19th-century mansion was once owned by a member of the Guinness family and has hosted notable guests, including Queen Victoria. Muckross Traditional Farms, near the house, allows visitors to explore working farms and the traditional way of life as enjoyed in these parts in the 1930s. The farms are closed from November to March.

• Ancient Apparition Ross Castle, on the shores of Killarney’s lower lake, was constructed in the 15th century by O'Donoghue Mór. Legend says Mór rests still under Lough Leane, but rises once every seven years on the morning of May 1 to circle the lake on a white horse.

• Gap of Dunloe Those with time and a thirst for adventure may attempt the Gap of Dunloe trip. This trek begins on a boat (visitors can bring bikes aboard), which leaves from Ross Castle and crosses Lower and Middle Lakes on its way to Upper Lake and Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) on, by cycle, foot, or pony and trap, lies the Gap of Dunloe—a U-shaped example of glacial breach carved by ice more than 1,640 feet (500 meters) thick.

• Annals of Innisfallen Innisfallen Island, visible from Ross Castle and reachable by tour boat, is an ancient center of monastic study where King Brian Boru is said to have studied. It was here that a treasured record of early Irish history, the Annals of Innisfallen, was penned between the 11th and 13th centuries.

How to Get There

Killarney, an Irish tourist mecca, is on the park’s northeast border, and walkers can enter opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral. Those arriving by car or bus may use entrances on the N71 auto road. Many visitors rent a bike in Killarney Town and take to the network of paths. Horse-drawn jaunting cars can also be hired in Killarney Town or in Muckross.

When to Visit

The spectacular gardens of Muckross House, with their treasured rhododendrons, peak between April and July.

How to Visit

Lakes cover about a quarter of the park’s area and are the source of much of its beauty, so consider getting out on the water. Boat and covered waterbus trips can be taken from Ross Castle and Dundag in Muckross with stops at notable spots, including Innisfallen Island.


SCOTTISH RECIPES:

SCOTCH COLLOPS

Thin veal slices
1 tbs. butter
1 c. stock
peel of 1/2 lemon, grated
pinch of mace
3 tbs. wine
beurre manié (nut of butter rolled in flour)
6 pickled oysters or 6 pickled mushrooms
1 egg yolk
1 tbs. cream
salt to taste
pinch of nutmeg

Pound veal slices well.
Melt butter in skillet, brown veal slices.
Add stock, lemon peel, mace, wine; simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Thicken with beurre manié; add oysters or mushrooms.
Beat egg yolk with cream, salt, nutmeg.
Stir in, heat up, but do not reboil.
Serves 2.

SCOTTISH TRAVEL:

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/

World famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War

The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history. This guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.

The Crown Jewel shop in the Royal Apartments offers exclusive lines of specially designed jewellery.

A courtesy vehicle (provided by the Bank of Scotland) can take visitors with a disability to the top of the castle. Ramps and a lift give access to the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and associated exhibition; and ramps provide access to the war memorial. For those with impaired vision, there is a free Braille guide and hands-on models of the Crown Jewels with Braille texts.

WELSH RECIPES:

Pice Bach

1 lb Plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Mixed spice
4 oz Margarine
4 oz Lard
6 oz Caster sugar
4 oz Currants
2 Eggs
Milk

Sift the flour, baking powder, and mixed spice; rub in the margarine and
lard; add the sugar, currants and beaten egg. Mix in Milk to make a stiff
dough and roll out ¼" thick. Cut into 2" rounds and bake on a hot griddle
until golden brown, after about 4 minutes on each side.

Makes approximately 8 servings.

WELSH HISTORY:

What we call national costume is based on the peasant costume of the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In common with other European
countries, the dresses and accessories which are preserved on festival days
and to impress the foreign visitors have little claim to originality apart
from the color and applied patterns devised by the girls and women of the
locality.

(drawing) Welsh girl in the costume of part of Gwent, southeast Wales
The Welsh national costume was really the common dress of the peasant, the
farm servants and cottagers and was designed for hard wear. Two hundred
years ago however the advent of the industrial revolution heralded the end
of home-made cloths so only the patterns and a few of the idiosyncrasies of
the localities have survived today.

Because Wales was isolated geographically from the rest of Britain, many of
the individual traits of costume and materials were retained long after they
had died out in the rest of the UK.
Part 1 of 3

CORNWALL RECIPIES:

Cornish Buttered Lobster
The long coast of Cornwall is touched by the Gulf Stream making its warmer
waters ideal for lobsters to flourish. A good-quality lobster deserves to be
served simply, as in this recipe, so that the full flavor of the flesh can
be enjoyed.

INGREDIENTS: Lobsters - 2 each weighing about 700g (1 lb) split into halves,
Lemon juice, Butter - 75g (3 oz), Fresh breadcrumbs - 4 tbsp, Brandy - 3
tbsp, Double cream - 3 tbsp, Cayenne pepper - a pinch, Cucumber twists,
lemon slices and dill sprigs - to garnish.

COOKING: 1. Discard the stomach, the dark vein that runs through the body and
the spongy gills from each lobster. Remove the tail meat. Crack open the
claws and remove the meat. Scrape the meat from the legs with a skewer.
2. Cut the meat into chunks, then sprinkle with lemon juice. Remove and
reserve the coral, if present. Remove and reserve the soft pink flesh and
liver separately.
3. Scrub the shells and place in a low oven to warm. Melt 25g (1 oz) of the
butter in a small frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and cook until brown and
crisp.
4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the lobster flesh and gently
stir until heated through.
5. Warm the brandy in a ladle, ignite with a taper and pour, still flaming,
over the lobster. When the flames have subsided, transfer the lobster to the
warmed shells and keep warm in a low oven.
6. Pound the liver and pink flesh. Stir into the cooking juices with the
cream and cayenne pepper. Boil briefly, until thickened, then spoon over the
lobster.
7. Sprinkle the fried breadcrumbs over the top. Quickly garnish with the
reserved coral, if available, cucumber twists, lemon slices and dill sprigs.

CORNWALL MYTHS & HISTORY:

SAINTS
If it is said that the Devil had no wish to enter Cornwall, since he didn't
want to be made into a pasty or a saint. Cornwall is justly proud of its
Saints, who were mostly Irish missionaries in the 4th and 5th centuries,
many, it is claimed, from noble backgrounds. Their extraordinary exploits
have been enshrined in folklore, not least the miraculous means by which
some of them arrived here! The Saints of Cornwall are legion and the vast
majority of them gave their name to towns and villages throughout the
County. St. Austol, still revered in Brittany from whence he came, St.
Germanus, a lawyer in ancient Rome, St. Cubert, probably the Welsh saint
Gwbert of Cardiganshire and many more left their indelible mark on Cornwall,
not only in its placenames but also in its rich tapestry of folklore.

St.PIRAN
Legend tells us that St. Piran the patron saint of the tinners, sailed here
on a millstone. Originally it had been tied around his neck and he had been
cast into the Atlantic by people jealous of his power to heal and work
miracles. As he was thrown off the cliff there was a bolt of lightning and a
terrible crash of thunder, but as he reached the sea the storm suddenly
abated, the sun came out and St.Piran could be seen seated peacefully on the
millstone which was now floating on the surface of the water. It bore him
safely across to Cornwall and he landed between Newquay and Perranporth at
Perran Beach, to which he gave his name.
Piran built himself a small chapel in Penhale sands and his first disciples
were said to be a badger, a fox and a bear. He lived a good and useful life,
surviving to the ripe old age of 206!
It's claimed that a huge skeleton unearthed near Perranzabuloe (St.Piran In
The Sands) could be his, and the remnants of his chapel were discovered in
the sand during the last century, but sadly they have now been reburied to
protect them from vandals.

St. MAWES
St.Mawes was the tenth son of an Irish king and his name is revered not only
here but in Brittany too, where he is known as St.Maudez and, possibly
St.Malo. His stone chair is still preserved in the wall of a house in St.
Mawes village. One day, so the legend goes, he was sitting there preaching
when a noisy seal came out of the sea and interrupted him with its barking.
After a while he became impatient, picked up a large rock and threw it at
the animal. It missed, but legend tells us that the rock still remains where
it fell, wedged on top of the Black Rocks halfway across Falmouth Harbour.

St. PETROC
St. Petroc, who gave his name to Padstow (Petrocstow originally) and several
local villages (Little Petherick,Trebetherick) arrived by more conventional
means, but to a hostile welcome. Landing at Trebetherick, he asked some
unfriendly locals for a drink and they refused him. Undeterred, Petroc
simply tapped his staff on the ground and a spring of fresh water appeared.
The hostile group were instantly converted to loyal disciples. After his
death his relics were taken to Bodmin to be housed in an ivory casket
decorated with brass and gold, where they remained undisturbed until
1994,when the casket was stolen from the church by thieves. Fortunately for
the people of Bodmin who were distraught by the theft, the thieves were
apparently unable to find a market for one of the most priceless reliquaries
in Britain, and it was recovered shortly afterwards and returned to its
display case in the church.

St. LEVAN
Close by Land's End lies the church of St. Levan. Levan was an enthusiastic
fisherman and on his return from fishing trips would sometimes rest on a
rock at the south side of the church, to the left of the porch. It is said
before he died he decided to leave a reminder of himself for future
generations, and so he struck the rock with his fist and split it open. The
stone bears a prophecy, for St. Levan is supposed to have prayed over it and
pronounced that when a packhorse with panniers astride it can be ridden
through the split in the stone the World will end. Fortunately the fissure in
the rock has not widened sufficiently for that to happen yet!

St. NEOT
St. Neot was known as The Pygmy Saint, for we are told that he was a mere 15
inches high - possibly a tall story! He used to spend much of his day
immersed up to the neck in his well during his devotions. Neot had a strange
way with animals and birds and worked miracles with them, as depicted in the
beautiful stained glass window of his church in the East Cornwall village
named after him.

St. Ia
Like St. Piran, St. Ia, founder of the town St. Ives, arrived by unusual
means. A woman of noble birth, she is said to have floated over from Ireland
on a leaf which she had increased to a huge size by touching it with her
staff.

St. GUNDRED
St. Gundred, one of Cornwall's lesser known saints was, so legend tells us a
very holy and virtuous lady whose father was a leper, though there are no
records of her and she may be confused with the male saint St. Gonand!). It
is said that she lived in a remarkable chapel which stands on the top of
Roche Rock, near St. Austell, tending to her sick father's needs. The Roche
Rock chapel also features in the Cornish legend of "Jan Tregagle" and is one
of the most curious religious monuments in the whole country. The ruined
chapel of St. Michael stands on the edge of china clay country at Roche,
near St. Austell and is easily accessible by means of a steel ladder screwed
to the rock face.

CELTIC HISTORY & MYTH:

Hail Brighid
Brighid is the Daughter of the Dagda, one of the more universal deities of
the pagan Gaelic world. She is known as the Goddess of Healers, Poets,
Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration; Goddess of Fire and Hearth and a patron
of warfare or Briga. Her soldiers were called Brigands. Her name means
"Exalted One." She is also known as Brigantia, Brid, Bride, Briginda,
Brigdu, and Brigit. She is said to lean over every cradle. The lore and
customs have continued to this day regarding Brighid, more vividly than all
the other Gaelic deities combined. Brigit is a goddess of fire, smith craft,
childbirth, poetry, water, and healing. She is sometimes seen as a warrior,
spear in hand. She was known as "Bright Arrow," "The Bright One," "the High
One," "the Powerful One," "Lady of the Shores," and, because of her
associations with spring, "Brigid of the Green Mantle." It was Brigid who
was credited with originating Ogham, whistling, and after the death of her
son, the custom of keening for the dead. The Irish Banshees that wail for
the deaths of men are said to embody part of Brigid's soul.


"Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us,
Beneath your mantle gather us,
And restore us to memory."


On St. Brigid's Eve a ribbon is place on the windowsill outside during the
night. The ribbon is said to lengthen during the night and is ever after
preserved as a cure for headache.

~ Source: Costley and Kightley, A Celtic book of Days

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February 27th Newsletter

Top O' The Morning To All,

Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte

100,000 Welcomes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have a great many items for sale that will make both your days perfect… I would put a link to St. Patrick’s Day, but that is the whole website… http://www.celticattic.com. Put the code tenp in the Coupon field when you check out and receive 10% off your order now through March 17th. We have added some new products to the website including Celtic Fairy Lotions that we are making right here at the Celtic Attic! Visit our new product page!

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Recipes from the Celtic Attic Cookbook

Irish Crab Chowder

From Shirley’s notes about a trip to Maine

 

1/2 cup onion

1/2 cup celery

3 tablespoons butter

3 cups milk

1 can condensed frozen potato soup

1 7 1/2 oz can or fresh crabmeat, if canned drain

1 8 oz can cream style corn

2 tablespoons chopped pimento

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup parsley

Cook onion & celery in butter until tender. Add rest of ingredients except the Sherry & parsley. Cook until heated through stirring often. Cook about 15 minutes. Stir in sherry. Remove bay leaf and garnish with parsley.

Life

 

Life is not all fun and games.

Life is much more.

It is a hard

and painstaking duty

to live.

But we must live

and in living we learn.

The most important thing we

can learn is

to fly,

subtly, carefully and painfully

on our own wings.

 

Copyright 1987 Kristin C Olsen

 

The present is the timeline

that all reality stems from.

Treasure each today

as it will soon be the past

and cannot be changed.

It will also shape the future,

our very existence as human beings.

Today is the essence of life.

 

Copyright 1989 Kristin C Olsen

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