Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is St. Patrick’s day and here’s a bit of Irish blessings for you. If any of our members of Irish ancestry wishes to submit a few more words of wisdom – please do! And

yes I know… I have already been asked what this has to do with Manchaug Pond as first it was the Native Peoples and then it was the Swedish who settled most of the shores of Manchaug Pond not the Irish! Well, today’s Manchaug Pond is a blend of many nationalities, backgrounds and experience. And St. Patrick wasn’t Irish either!

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

View of Manchaug Pond from Area 8, Summer 2006

Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.

Stairs leading to a home in Area 7

May neighbours respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.

Fall asters on the earth embankment, Manchaug Pond Dam 2006

Bless those minding cattle,
And those minding sheep,
And those fishing the sea
While the rest of us sleep.

Water’s Farm Days 2006

And remember, Murphy was an Irishman:

Murphy’s Law
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong,
It will, at the worst possible moment.Area 1, 2 fall 2006

And one for Saint Patrick whose feast day it is:

Legend of Saint Patrick
Good St. Patrick travelled far, to teach God’s Holy Word
And when he came to Erin’s sod, a wondrous thing occurred
He plucked a shamrock from the earth and held it in His hand
To symbolise the Trinity that all might understand
The first leaf for the Father
And the second for the Son
The third leaf for the Holy Spirit
All three of them in one.

Manchaug Pond 2006

If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.

View of Manchaug Pond from ramp at Public Boat Ramp 2006

May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.

Some Neighbors of Area 5 & 6

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at you back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rain fall saft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Public Boat Ramp, fall 2006

Have a restful day!