August 2010 Newsletter

Hello everyone!

Here we are in the dog days of summer where, in my town of Newport, New Hampshire, USA, we have had a hot and dry summer. It's the first time in years that I've seen dead grass on everyone's lawn. We have had two heat waves of 90's and 100's, with high humidity, and it was very hard to stay cool.

The Long, Hot Summer, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Lee Remick, Anthony Franciosa, 1958

I have made another recipe for our friends at Ben's Sugar Shack. This one is Maple Raisin Scones. Yummy!!

I received a very serious submission from a lady who was looking for a Gaelic translation. She had found a hand painted plate with an Irish Cottage on it. The mark on the back was in Gaelic and she wanted to know if it was the potters mark.

She also wanted to know if it came from the area from where her Irish great-great grandfather emigrated. I added the phrase into my Gaelic translation software and found that "AN TSEAPAIN TIR ADHEANTA" means "Made in the Country of Japan". I never thought that would be the answer. Haha! I was quite amused, and so was she.

I also received a submission from a lady in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. She told me how much she likes and the monthly newsletters. She offered to send me any information I may need for sometime in the future, which was a very nice gesture. So, I decided to take her up on it.

Her name is Noeleen McCool, and she will soon have her own section on It will be called "NEWS FROM THE NORTH", and it will feature information about Northern Ireland, starting with her home town of Belfast.

Keep your eyes open for this new addition, which will be starting soon. Thanks, Noeleen! Welcome to the family!

View Down Donegal Place to City Hall, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

I received a request for a link exchange from Marco at They found on Google when searching for "how to speak Irish". They focus on learning different languages, so we have exchanged links with them, and you can find their link in our travel section.

According to the Irish calendar, there do not seem to be any National celebrations going on in Ireland in August. The only item of note was that they have a bank holiday this month, on August 2nd in Ireland, and on August 30th in Northern Ireland. They are similar to three day holiday weekends in the USA, with Mondays off.

In September, I hope to have more news to report, so until then ...


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