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Vintage watches and vintage photographs make a wonderful combination.

Vintage watches and vintage photographs make a wonderful combination.

The old, hackneyed saying of “a picture’s worth a thousand words” couldn’t be more true than with this image I stumbled across on Pinterest this morning of vintage watches repurposed as portrait frame bracelets.

Luckily, that’s all that’s needed in this case as this blog seems to be in Swedish – which I totally don’t understand at all. I could use Google Translate or some other translation service to read the post, but why bother? The picture truly is self-explanatory.

Then I started thinking of other time pieces that could be converted this way, especially if they’re broken.

Here are the possibilities brought to mind:

  • Grandfather clock.

  • Pocket watch.

  • Mantle clock.

  • Watch pendant.

  • Wall clock.

While rummaging through garage sales and thrift stores in the past, I never would have thought to look at old clocks, watches, etc. Seeing this post (oops! I should say image as I couldn’t read the post) has changed that completely – and I’m going to start looking out for such items to use as frames for family photos and vintage images from my family tree research.

Sometimes the best ideas are other people’s ideas!

photo credit: practicalowl via photopin cc

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The Feast of St. Patrick

The Feast of St. Patrick

The Feast of St. Patrick, or St. Patrick’s Day, as it is popularly known, is a day set aside in ‘celebration’ of his death, every year on 17th of March across with globe.

 

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The day is a public holiday in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and some other overseas British territories. This date marks a traditional day for spiritual renewal and for offering prayers worldwide.

For an artist and traveler, this festival definitely rings a bell deep down with the celebrations being so full of rich Irish culture with parades, dancing, a whole lot of green and of course the best part of it all – the special food.

It is a custom to wear green clothes and accessories as green is deeply associated with Ireland, as illustrated in the Irish national flag or the name “Emerald Isle” by which the country is known.

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If you are traveling to Ireland or the neighboring regions of Europe around this festive season, there is a lot to see and taste.

Facts about St. Patrick.

(taken from Wikipedia.org)

Statue of St. Patrick in Aughagower, County Mayo
Statue of St. Patrick in Aughagower, County Mayo

“The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty but, on a widespread interpretation, he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. He is generally credited with being the first bishop of Armagh, Primate of Ireland.”

“According to the Confessio of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family.”

In one of many legends about St. Patrick, it is said that “during his evangelising journey back to Ireland from his parent’s home at Birdoswald, he is understood to have carried with him an ash wood walking stick or staff. He thrust this stick into the ground wherever he was evangelising and at the place now known as Aspatria (ash of Patrick) the message of the dogma took so long to get through to the people there that the stick had taken root by the time he was ready to move on.”

“St. Patrick’s position as a foreigner in Ireland was not an easy one. His refusal to accept gifts from kings placed him outside the normal ties of kinship, fosterage and affinity. Legally he was without protection, and he says that he was on one occasion beaten, robbed of all he had, and put in chains, perhaps awaiting execution.”

“Irish academic T. F. O’Rahilly has proposed the “Two Patricks” theory which suggests that many of the traditions later attached to Saint Patrick actually concerned Palladius, who Prosper of Aquitaine‘s Chronicle says was sent by Pope Celestine I as the first bishop to Irish Christians in 431.”

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, which is said to be the date of his death.”

Modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Parades.

The most important ingredient for the celebrations of the day, The grand parade in Dublin makes the festival come alive, with parades all over other cities which you also should not miss. Expect to see a lot of green traditional clothing in the parades that give the event a signature look.

For all photographers out there, green is the color to watch out for. The use of the color green in the festive spirit can make the location of your images very obvious and add that special character and feel to your images.

The parades are composed of marching bands, on-road theatres and several dance programs are arranged as the main flavour of the day. Be a part of the moving carnivals and feel the joy and happiness in the festive air!

Dying river or beer green.

If you have not seen this, you will not believe it.

Yet another very important aspect of this auspicious day, the Chicago river is dyed and transformed to a bright green colour from its usual murky green colour as a mark of respect for St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland.

Do not lose this opportunity to be a part of the celebrating crowd and watch the river turn green!

Drinks.

Green beer?

Green cocktails?

Irish mixed drinks?

There is a lot waiting for you, enabling you to immerse yourself in the celebrations. On this day nearly every Irish pub and restaurant is brimming whiskey and beer. ’Green beer’ is the drink of the day.

A special custom, “drowning the shamrock”, is frequently seen, in which the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of that evening.

A toast for St Patrick’s Day is, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out”.

Happiness is really in the air, is it not?

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Food.

If you are one of those tireless travelers and adventurers looking for something new to feel and experience, mouth-watering food probably forms the major part of your fantasies. Needless to say, no festival can be complete without traditional cuisines, so like every other festival St Patrick’s Day also puts a special set of dishes on the menu.

Traditional Irish cuisines are the highlights of this festival, with the main ingredients of these dishes being beef, lamb and potatoes.  Traditional Irish dishes also include Irish stew, cabbage, etc. So, take advantage of this perfect opportunity to delight your taste buds this festive season!

Pea planting.

In some areas of the northeast, pea-planting is also a part of the celebrations. This is mainly because the time of the festival coincides with the pea planting season.

And if you just remembered peas are green too, you got it right.

Everything is greener on St Patrick’s Day!

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This article was brought to you by professional photographer, graphic designer, and freelance writer Pratik Panda. You can learn more Pratik by visiting his personal website or stock photography portfolio on Dreamstime.com.

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Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites
Genealogy News Bites

Following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to April 10, 2014.

The Week

Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’

Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry

Gloucester Citizen

Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk

Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk studied birth records for 1905 and produced a ‘top 100’. They then compared the names to those on the 2012 baby name list from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most recent data available. The extinct

Olive Tree Genealogy

Evidence of St. Louis French Colonial Log Home Found

Evidence of a French colonial home in St. Louis was found beneath layers of concrete and bricks during digging by the Department of Transportation.  It is the first trace

One Man in England Saves 5000 WW1 Photos from Being Destroyed

Screen Dump from BBC News Sussex website This is a fascinating story about an ordinary man in England who took it on himself to save and preserve WW1 photos, cards, letters and other objects from the dump

DAR Accepting DNA as Evidence of Descent From Revolutionary War Ancestor

Good news for those seeking to prove an ancestor for admittance to DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Keeping up with the times, DAR now accepts DNA as evidence

Corpses of WW1 Soldiers Found as Glaciers Melt in Italy

A recent story online Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers explains how dead soldiers from WW1 battles are being found and reburied by local villagers

Library and Archives Canada

Sir John A. Macdonald: Rare and intriguing treasures from the vaults of Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds Canada’s most comprehensive collection of material related to the life, times and continuing appeal of Sir John A. Macdonald (1815–1891)

The Vindicator

Program on DNA Testing as a Tool for Genealogy

While her educational research focused on Cajun identity and language, her role in customer support at Family Tree DNA has led to a passion for educating the public on how to make their own connections through genetic genealogy. Her program, Getting

Huffington Post

Utah Prisoners Do Mormon Research From JailGenealogy

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was sparked in his teens by an aunt who is a family historian. Hopkins, 40, now spends two to three hours

Owen Sound Sun Times

War medals return, family thrilled

Grey Roots purchased an Owen Sound man’s First World War war medals on eBay and now Sgt. Nelson Ross “Scotty” Crowe’s great-great-niece has come forward with pictures and details about the soldier’s life

Magic Valley Times-News

Hidden History: Farm Labor Camps in WWII

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed in 1942 an order placing all people of Japanese ancestry within the U.S. into 11 relocation centers throughout the West

Brisbane Times

DNA to pick out suspect, warts and all

Australian police and researchers are developing a ground-breaking test that will help them identify suspects based on the DNA evidence they leave behind

The Guardian

Spain offers Sephardic Jews fast track to naturalisation

Cabinet approves bill allowing dual nationality for Jews whose ancestors fled the Spanish inquisition Spain has announced new measures to speed up the naturalisation of Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors fled the Iberian peninsula five centuries ago when they were told to convert to Catholicism or go into exile

Havana street produces 12 sets of twins

High number of twins in Cuban capital district baffles scientists, as locals blame everything from genetics to a sacred tree Some say it could be something in the water. Others point to a tree with mystical significance

Tracing your family tree? The 10 best apps to help you find your relatives

Laura Berry, lead genealogist for BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?, offers an expert’s guide to aid your online searches A decade ago there was no point even considering researching your roots

The Scotsman

Pensioner meets brother and sister after 70 years

A Scottish pensioner has been reunited with his long-lost brother and sister for the first time in 70 years

Payvand Iran News

Eight Iranian-Americans among recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Eight Iranian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which will be awarded on May 10th, 2014. The medals are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life

The Vancouver Sun

John Mackie: Vancouver’s vaudeville mystery solved

Lucy Tremblay died in 1983. So imagine her daughter-in-law’s surprise when she opened up Monday’s Vancouver Sun to see Lucy in a vaudeville photo from the 1910s or ’20s

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