Friday, April 30, 2010

Continued: Feargal and Donnacha find the Day of the Dead

Feargal and Donnacha had set off south down Broadway in Silver City. They admired the old-fashioned Victorian Era street lamps, and laughed about the very uneven sidewalks and the very high curbs. They were glad for the ramps that someone had made just for their visit!
The boys had intended to check out the Buffalo Bar, a place of renown (some good, some not as good) and local hangout for Bikers, Hippies and Cowboys. But they were just a few steps away from Curl Up and Dye when they began to be intrigued by the art in the windows of the galleries. Oh my, there was so much to be seen as they darted in and out of each Gallery on Broadway and they ended up on Texas Street. Their feet were beginning to be a bit weary, so they stopped in at the next Gallery.

ANIMAS!!!!! The boys discovered a plethora of Mexican Art, most of which honored the holiday, The Day of the Dead. But they rested by familiar figures of Saints. It was carved wood and gilded. Some was made with tin, all were brightly colored.
Donnacha always has an eye for the girls, but Feargal was still thinking of the Lady Lep in Toronto. They did think the ladies could have eaten a bit more food for they seemed to be quite thin!
Donnacha and Feargal sat down with one of the 'older' dead ladies and she told them the significance of the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico; and indeed, in most of New Mexico. Donnach bought a little treat for Feargal's Mom; he tried to choose one that wasn't so 'spooky' and well...bony!

This is where Bj, Miss Scarlett and Rebekah found the Leprechauns... spread out and being told the history of the area and about the Day of the Dead....

Donnacha, hid behind Feargal as they perched on Kelly's shoulder, while Miss Scarlett rested below. Kelly is the proud owner of Curl up and Dye..THE place to be pampered in Silver City, New Mexico! Kelly's ear rings aren't bad either! She LOVES ear rings...the longer the better! She is Donnacha's Mum's stylist and good pal.

Miss Scarlett gave some thought to hair color; but, decided just to have a good wash and her hair pinned up in it's accustomed style.

AT CURL UP AND DYE Kris greeted Feargal and Ms Scarlett with a big smile. Feargal was very interested in seeing what was to be had; but, discovered he didn't need a haircut! Miss Scarlett chose a massage, a rest in the sauna and a pedicure; but, before the boys left, Fergal had to check out the many colors of nail polish available. Donnacha was happily looking magazines.

Miss Scarlet, however, had a surprise spa day as a treat (and a retreat from playful Leps) and Fergal and Donnacha headed downtown. . . .South on Broadway at a brisk pace towards Silver City's Authentic 1800's Buffalo Bar! Which of course, is no place for a lady; even one in a red dress.

First a pore-cleansing, relaxing dry heat Sauna...
One quick look, and the door was closed! Of course, privacy is required for the undressing.

Next a trip to the massage room, where Miss Scarlet was rather plaintive about having to strip down; .after, learning she could not just cover up with the towel.
Feeling quite refreshed and back into her proper clothing...she settled down to have a pedicure. Her feet were so sore from chasing around after the busy, busy leps. Ahhhh...the foot bath
Oh my, how good the warm bubbles felt on her feet and toes. And a nice creamy massage followed...Miss Scarlet has found heaven! No polish please, I'm a very natural person.

The time had passed so quickly and Miss Scarlett and BJ had begun to worry about what sort of mischief the two Leps from Ireland may have found! Rebekah, Bj and Miss Scarlett hopped into the car and headed downtown. Much to their dismay the boy's were not at the Buffalo bar, nor had the been seen there. Oh my! Where could they be????

Rebekah reasoned that since Silver is a town of Art Galleries of all sorts, that they'd better start checking out each one. Since Rebekah is the person who mats and frames at Las Animas, she suggested they start there...and so they did!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another day, another postcard!

You just can't imagine the excitement at Lep HQ when the postman brings another postcard from Feargal or his cronies. This was meant to bring a little light enjoyment into some lives, but we didn't realise how much enjoyment it would bring to Lep HQ's life.

This time it was a postcard from Feargal while he was in Toronto, massively delayed by volcanic ash!

This is what he wrote.....can still see Maebh's input here..especially with the little tatted flowers again...what a joy that Lep is!

 I wonder what is happening now that he is away from her clutches influence.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Maebh sends a card, Feargal sends his souvenir home!

Great excitement here at Lep the vocanic ash crisis settles down (fingers crossed)....we got post!! Yup that's right real snail mail post!
Maebh sent a postcard from her time in New York with Mini Boss.

Here is what she wrote.....

She is a good lass is Maebh. She may look ferocious at times,

but underneath that attitude beats a heart of gold.
I am sure that stealing wanting that Spiderman Cookie held by an innocent child was hugely exaggerated!!

For instance when she saw the picture of my best ever Cherry Blossom...she says that she sang to the tree to make it do it's best!

You may well be wondering why Maebh seems so fierce gifted..she turned the cats paw into a radish, threatened me with warts on my nose and an evil troll in my roof!!
Well this is what I have been told .....
"Maebh says that although she attended the Lep Academy she befriended a wizard when visiting a magic shop to find some blown glass shamrocks.....   She apparently learned a bit of the other stuff...."

Maebh told Feargal that he should send his souvenir home...... like a good and obedient Lep (did he have any choice!!) he did.

I think that this was bit of an excuse so that she could send 'stuff' to me!!!

Seem that she had been rifling sorting through her mom's thread stash to see what was new and interesting.....with her mom's permission of course!
She loaded up some cards with Lizbeth 20 (she knew that I only have one ball of it) in 4 great toning colours of solids and varigs.  Thanks a million are doing great work.
She crammed as much thread on as she could get away with!

Hey! did you see the little tatted flowers on the postcard she sent..more on the envelope with the goodies in....her tatting is improving.
Oh! you want to see Feargal's Canadian souvenir???

Cute isn't it??
Tadgh and Nollaig went ballistic...get it ball-istic!
I told them they should leave it alone as it's Feargal's......would they listen.....nope .....they ran off to play with it in the garden.

Yesterday the weather was wicked, fog, sheeting rain and wind....and now the petals are falling down off the Cherry Tree like snow.
Tadgh decided to play in this snow.
He wasn't really too sure what to do with it.....Nolláig didn't have a clue either!
He tried to kick it but he kept falling over....... he tried to stand on it........
.......sit on it.

Exhausted he fell off and it flattened him.......

........he decided to sit on the wall and hold it while he thought...
...this was a fraction of a second before he fell off in a puff of wind!!
Finally in desperation he climbed a tree to show it off.......a Maple tree!!
very funny Tadgh!

He says to tell Feargal that he will keep it safe and BTW, what IS IT FOR???

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Feargal's 3rd stop!

I was out last evening and came home to an absolute plethora of good news in my in lips have to remain zipped on some of it.....but I can reveal that Feargal and Scarlett landed safely in

Oh my goodness
I have been watching the relevant blogs since he set off 9 days ago...wondering where he was heading.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw where he was/is! He couldn't be staying with a nicer Lep.

Feargal looks so happy to see his bro' again.......and is up for the adventures to be had in Silver City...even the name sounds exciting.
You can read all about his arrival here and follow his further adventures as they unfold on this blog and also on this blog.
There are still a few leprechauns out there who may be going to miss out on a visit.....your names and addresses ARE in Scarlett's little green bag but they wont be activated unless you leave a comment with a pressure!

Meanwhile while Feargal was in the air, not worried in the slightest by volcanic ash, Maebh had other fish to fry.

She was watching over the safe delivery of Mini Boss and causing quite a stir with her all important presence. Here she is guarding the baby carriage.

I can't begin to imagine how proud she is feeling.............
she looks awfully smug!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Toronto memories!

It's all down to memories now!
Feargal and Scarlett reluctantly left Toronto yesterday...bound for who knows where!!!
No sooner had she arrived when the fair Scarlett had to inform the two sweethearts leps that they
had to part....she is such a spoilsport

The only ones who know his destination are Scarlett.....probably Maebh and Maebh's mom who had to put them on the plane.
Feargal had such a fabulous time ...poor Scarlett the organiser didn't get to see much at all!

You can read ALL about their antics in Tat-ology here, here and here and also in It's a Leprechaun's Life.

I will just recap a little and show you the  photos that are going onto Feargal's Memory Boards.
They met so many people, Meabh just seems to go up and talk to them the man on the beach who she thought looked Irish.......... and he was.
The adventures that these two had ...they should write a book!!

All we can do now is to wait and see where they land and hope that they have as happy a time and new adventures.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Feargal's Memory Board 1

Tadgh and Nollaig are following our intrepid adventurer's exploits with a mixture of envy and fear.
They decided to set up some Memory Boards for Feargal's return so that he will never forget his
World Tour.
Finnbar had thrown the mother of a hooley to celebrate Maebh meeting Fox (a partnership to end all partnerships!!).

Feargal swears that Finnbarr tripped over that bottle as he has never touched a drop in his life...before.
Secretly I think he was still intoxicated with Maebh (she who intoxicates).
Finnbarr surely was.......he was INSISTING that Maebh stay with him!!
as if that would do any good...
Maebh just sat and watched the two lads make fools of themselves!

Finnbarr reckoned that he would win her heart
he is taller that Feargal,
has more hair,
and is younger!!

Dream on Finnbarr...   Maebh has other fish to fry!
Eventually Maebh moved into her new home....which she shares with THE CAT.....apparently she refuses to use his name.

You can read ALL about it on Fox's blog here.
You really should.....she has a way with words.....

more anon...

Feargal in Toronto and the story of Maebh!

Feargal landed safely in Toronto along with Finnbarr and Maebh!

Now you didn't know that Maebh was traveling with this is the story of Maebh.

Maebh came along in a bit of a hurry...she never wants to wait....when we heard that a Leprechaun was urgently needed in Toronto...something to do with a boss and a mini boss...oh and a cat....and the need for a boss to boss them all...
....that job just suited Maebh.
Maebh (pronounced Mayv-e)is named after the the great warrior  Queen of Connaught. the name means 
the cause of great joy or she who intoxicates....
I think I will go for the first option!! and hope that she brings great joy to Fox.
Maebh was obstinate right from the start....she wanted to wear a skirt, not the normal leprechaun shorts. We had to get a special dispensation from Lep HQ to let this happen...yes I know that this IS Lep HQ...but she didn't know that.
So she is the first Lep to sport a skirt....I think this does restrict her activities a little! especially with other leps around!
She likes pink!
She wanted a pink skirt
standards have to be maintained.
A leprechaun's uniform is red, green and gold...and that's final!!

So she insisted on a pink belt...Maebh insists on a lot of things.

So here she is....

She wears her hair in plaits with pink bows, has white stockings and carries her lucky money in her left hand and she says that she is right handed and can't do anything much with that coin in her right hand!!

She hopped straight up on to my mug rack, crossed her legs, and refused to come down.
Feargal was taken aback and begged her to come down.....
...but she wouldn't so he hopped up and sat beside her....
hoping to chat her up...get to know her....
Finally she agreed to pose for a family photo, for the album.

When Feargal and Meabh landed in Zurich, she was supposed to stay under wraps and not be seen gadding around with the lads.
She kept a very low profile and was allowed to pose for another family photo.
Notice how demurely she keeps her legs crossed, showing only a hint of petticoat...
.....that's Lep Academy training for you!

She is hinting that she would like a tatted trim on her stockings and on her skirt....I hope it keeps fine for her.

Stop press...just heard that Scarlett has landed in Toronto....with her Mary Poppins bag of lep addresses.
Will keep you updated!

Monday, April 12, 2010

His Bag is Packed

Yes, Scarlett has arrived and plans are in motion.

After arriving in Canada, with the assistance of many friends, Scarlett was quick to hook up with Feargal and Maebe, and was seen by several observant types at 'The Hair of the Dog', a pub that Maebe has come to enjoy.

A good meal and  great conversation put the Leps in a fine mood, which was what Scarlett had planned, as she had yet to inform Feargal and Maebh about their imminent separation.

When they returned to La Maison de Meabh, Scarlett sat them down and announced the she and Feargal were to leave very early in the morning for ..........

Feargal had to pack and Maebh sulked in a corner, ranting her displeasure at The Cat, who is still nursing a sore paw from his last encounter with one of Maebh's a fickle manouevers.

They are now fast asleep, turning in early, in preparation for the journey ahead.

Who knows what will happen next ... and where!


Ciarrán Goes Courtin'

Ciarrán stood on the table, examining my threads and lace tools with a critical eye. "Ah now! Are ye not finished yet?"

"You only asked me 15 minutes ago," was my reply. "What's the rush?"

"I have a plane to catch."

Wondering what the devil the leprechaun was up to, I made a mental note to check the bank balance and went back to the work at hand — tatting a tiny Shamrock bouquet.

Tiny shamrock bouquet - in progress

"And where do you think you are going?" I asked.

"To win the heart of me lady fair!" said Ciarrán.

Thoughts of Finian's Rainbow danced in my head as my shuttle zipped deftly in and out, under and over, making fine, green half-hitches in a regular pattern.

"And who is this lady fair?" I asked.

Ciarrán pointing out his love interest.

"That darlin' girl Blathnaid," said Ciarrán, "She's a fair fine lass, so she is."

Since Blathnaid was the only girl in his class at the training academy, I wasn't surprised. But surely he wasn't the only lad to take a shine to the independent Irish filly?

"So you aim to woo her then?"

Tapping his toe impatiently, Ciarrán said, "Aye, if ye be after finishing me 'trothe bouquet."

Will Ciarrán get on a plane?

Stay tuned for more adventures!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Toronto Update

Leprechaun Update

Feargal and Maebh took themselves to a pet store to get a treat for THE CAT. 

Meabe wanted to make amends for  turning one of THE CAT'S paws into a radish last night. 

They were so excited by the wonderful things available in the store that they forgot to ask the name of the lovely woman who served them.  

Feargal kept looking down her dress...   Maebh called him lewd.

Interested in visiting The Beach, a wonderful part of East Toronto, right on Lake Ontario they found a an old neighbourhood landmark: the Leuty Lifeguard Station.

While digging in the sand for buried treasure, Maebh noticed a gentleman she thought looked Irish and accosted him -  just like that.

He was besotted with the Leps and told them that yes, indeed, he was part Irish.  His grandmother lived in -

- a small town in Northern Ireland. Way to go, Maebh!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Maebh demanded a pink trim for her skirt.
And green beads. No discussion followed.