Monday, 13 March 2017

Mosaic Monday - Irish Roots

My Irishness comes to the fore in March
especially on the 17th March
Saint Patrick's Day.

If you are a regular follower
 by now you will be familiar with my occasional
Irish posts which recognise my Irish roots.

My darling father was an Irish lad who
came to New Zealand with his family for a new and better life.
In 2015 my husband and I spent a wonderful week in Ireland
and I immediately felt a strong connection
with the landscape and the people.
I love their sense of fun
and appreciate
the history that has made the Irish 
who they are today.

Irish Tea Brack is a fruit loaf
and in the Christmas Pudding tradition
various things are wrapped in greaseproof and added to the mixture....
a coin for wealth
a pea for plenty
a button for a bachelor
a thimble for a spinster
makes for an interesting loaf I think!

Guinness Cake and a glass of Guinness anyone?

I have these recipes if you would like them
just mention in your comment or email me!

I'm joining Maggie for
Mosaic Monday
thank you Maggie for hosting.

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt

Shane (an Irish lass)


  1. Such gorgeous images. The cakes sure look yummy. My youngest boy had Guinness while in Amsterdam and says beer isn't beer unless it's nice and dark. I prefer pale ale myself. :) Have a great week.

  2. What a beautiful cup and saucer, Shane. It reminds me of my grandmother's tea service.

  3. My DNA tells me that I am 94% Irish. I have made my American/Irish potatoes (candy) and will do some soda bread this week. I like to think that I am, like my mother, a strong Irish lass. St. Patrick's day is very popular where I live and there are lots of celebrations which involve Guinness. I will be sticking with the candy.

  4. St. Patrick's Day is this week -- time flies before I'm ready! I do have my corned beef. I bet the Guinness cake is wonderful. Luck of the Irish!!!!!! Happy Monday!

  5. Loved visiting Ireland with you today, it brought back wonderful memories of a trip the Senior Partner and I made in the mid '90's.
    He does enjoy a Guinness now and again (we can buy cans of it here in France!)not sure if he'd appreciate "wasting" the Guinness in a cake though!
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  6. I enjoyed your post. It's definitely the week to feel your "Irishness." Beautiful photos!

  7. what beautiful photos. I still think there is Irish in me somewhere and long to visit Ireland! Would love the recipe for the Guinness cake:)

  8. Lovely mosaics and post. Visiting Ireland is on our bucket list. Hope you have a good week!

  9. Wonderful post. The cakes look delicious and it is interesting what they bake in them. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  10. Do you have the recipe for those lovely biscuits pictured at the top? I'm not Irish, but that "Irish Woman" quote could make me doubt my known heritage – it sounds much like me!

  11. Ireland is my list of places to visit one day. Thanks for this little peek. That's a beautiful cup and saucer, Shane. My husband has some Irish blood in his ancestry, and we've heard there's an Orr (our last name) castle somewhere in the north. Thanks for another lovely post.

  12. Guiness cake sounds good - much better than the taste of the beverage (at least in my mind - I like a light beer). No Irish blood in me, but my husband has.

  13. Lovely post and reminds many of there roots :)

  14. Shane, thanks for sharing your Irishness. Enjoy St.Patrick's Day! Sylvia D.

  15. Hi Shane,
    Lovely to read your post..happy St. Patrick's day to you for Friday. Hoping I can keep connected to you once again since we are back from Thailand...
    Happiness and joy to you,

  16. I'm planning to make soda bread this week and Rick is doing corned beef for our Friday dinner because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

    We just returned from spending time with Rick's brother and he and his wife just returned from NZ so they had a NZ dinner for us! SO good! We did something called the Tim Tam Slam -- familiar?

  17. I love your Irish connections. I just bought some Guinness today to make a cake and also a meat pie for the 17th. Love that teacup so much. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  18. Happy Celebration Day tomorrow! Love your mosaics ....and the words about an Irish Woman, who would be a good model for any of us whatever ethnicity. (I have some Irish in me somewhere -- along with pretty much every Northern European country there is.... a real mixed something or other).

    (I'm really really slow visiting people this week, but it was actually good timing to come to your lovely post on the eve of the day you are celebrating this week. Put me in the Holiday spirit. Thank you!)

  19. Dearest Shane,
    Sorry for visiting quite late but I got so way behind with things.
    Did finish my Fleur de Lys crocheted curtain, the 2nd one that took only 50 hours instead of the 1st one 100 hours... It hung the day before St. Patrick's Day and I was happy as I could put that to rest and practice my songs for our choir's performance on St. Patrick's Day in front of all the Joint Civic Clubs during a luncheon here in Dublin, Georgia. That too went very well. We sang the sweet:


    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind blow at your back
    May the sun shine warmly on your face
    May the rain fall softly on your field
    And until we meet again, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    If you please would be so kind and send me the recipe of the Irish Tea Brack, would love to have that!

    What a very special reason for you indeed to have visited Ireland and to celebrate this special day.
    Both of us have given many years seminars for Mushroom Growers, all over Ireland and we have many fond memories as well.
    Sending you special hugs,

  20. Lovely photos, Shane. I don't have any Irish in me but I've spent a week in Ireland as well and loved it. And I quite like Guinness as well :-)

  21. Oh my goodness, I missed this beautiful post Shane. The Irish do love their cup of tea, and with the brack or guinness cake, to be sure! Lovely photos, and the cup and saucer are just lovely. Belated Happy St Pat's day from one Irish lass to another :) xx



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