Friday, March 12, 2010

A Post for St. Patrick's Day

Q: What's Irish and gets jumped over by reckless teenagers?

A: Paddy O'Furniture

These photos were taken by my Dad, Lynn Harrington, in the summer of 1962, when I turned 15. The little Gunnison pre-fab house was the box I grew up in, but, to me then, it was a mansion. In the upper-left of the second photo is what I'm sure was Chenango County's finest treehouse at the time.

I'd have a hard time jumping over a thumb drive now.



Margaret Ryall said...

This just cracks me up in every way. St. Patrick's Day is a big celebration in Newfoundland given that the roots of most of its inhabitants are in Ireland most particularly around the Waterford area. Those roots are still anchored in our culture in every way especially in music and language.

Do you know we are a mini Ireland in Newfoundland Sherwood?

Happy Paddy's Day!

Mike Peterson said...

About a year after this picture was taken, a kid moved to my town and his folks put up one of those houses. It was quite the curiosity, but was soon just Ken's house. Not only is it still there, but the new owners have added siding and an addition to it and it is now indistinguishable from a stick-built place.

And, Margaret, a college friend of my uncle's was working at Eaton while her fiance completed his Phd at U of T. A co-worker asked about the upcoming wedding and was surprised to hear how often she went home ... based on her accent, he had thought she was from Ireland. No, Miss Murphy was from St. John's.

Sherwood Harrington said...

I did not know that about Newfoundland! It stands to reason, though; it looks like you guys are within swimming distance of Ireland.

(Google, google, google...)

Well, not quite. But St. John's is significantly closer to Dublin (about 2,000 miles) than it is to Boulder Creek (3,500)!

ronnie said...

Oh, how I miss St. Patrick's Day in Newfoundland!!! The other Atlantic provinces try to celebrate it but... it's just a pale imitation of the day on the island. They don't even know the words to the songs!

Margaret, is it still a work holiday?

I get so homesick on St. Paddy's Day every year.

Margaret Ryall said...

Indeed it is still a holiday for many workers e.g., the provincial civil service and the music and celebrations are just as energetic as ever, if not more so.

I'm not surprised that you know someone from here. We Newfoundlanders can be found in many places but most still long for home.

I fixed the link on my site to the giant redwood. Thanks for the update. I'm a bit confused. Is # 38 indeed a redwood? I don't get the Chinese cedar reference. I place all trust in your knowing the answer my learned friend.
Have you checked out Newfoundland yet?

Sherwood Harrington said...

Margaret, I have not yet been to Newfoundland, but I very much want to see it sometime when I'm still young enough to enjoy the experience as well as it deserves.

As for the trees (others might want to click here to visit Margaret's blog post where the subject came up and, if you're new to Painting On you should browse around there for a while), yes indeed #38 is a redwood, and your description of the species is a good one. The next one after that in the trail's sequence, #39, was (and may still be!) a dead Chinese cedar (toona sinensis) next to the row of yews in the formal garden area. I'll be interested to see if Lord Rosse has designated something else to be #39 (I think that the spectacular ancient wisteria by the glasshouses would work well), replaced it, or just left a gap in the sequence.

Brian Fies said...

Nice form.

Anonymous said...

I remember with fondness the house I grew up in. I was nearly 6, about to start first grade. My mother had described it as a "BIG house," which, compared to the small suburban post-war tract house we lived in, it certainly was. I was 6, though, and a BIG house called up castle-like dimensions in my mind. I was surprised when we pulled up to a nice, roomy late 19th century "colonial."

But it was a mansion indeed!