Welcome to "The Last Leaf Gardener," a blog by Patricia Youngquist. I am a photo-artist, bird-lover and urban gardener living in NYC. My website includes my non-nature themed images (Black and White as well as Kaleidoscopic). Click on the fourth image in sidebar (Left) to visit. I also have published a three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak," in which the stories are told by Cam, the bird pictured above. Click on the first image in the sidebar (Right) for info.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig — Saint Patrick's Day (Enhance any of your celebrations with . . . "Dogwood Yawning")
Top of the mornin' to you, dear reader, with a salutation that you are likely to hear on this day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig — Saint Patrick's Day ( a day which provides an excuse to hoist a green beer to celebrate), but did you know that this greeting actually comes from New Zealand and not Ireland? This bit of trivia was brought to my attention when I spent time in Galway, Ireland, some years ago, and learned that New Zealanders coined the phrase — because they believe theyare at the top of the world. Whether the phrase belongs to the Irish or not, the color green seems to, and the city of Chicago honors the Irish by dying Lake Michigan a kelly green color.
In light of it being Lá Fhéile Pádraig — Saint Patrick's Day, my thoughts turn to lovely green leaves, leaves celebrated in Dogwood Yawning (featured in the image of one of my invitations posted above). Dogwood Yawning may be familiar to some of my clients as it has been rendered into a collection of invitations that preserve a moment in time, as well as an event program cover that enhances any occasion. Dogwood Yawning, is an extra special image to use to promote soirées or fundraising events.
However, its most unique feature (and especially when it is used in this manner) is the fact that it has been rendered in a way that makes it suitable for framing. This makes it an elegant selection to use when choosing an invitation or event program cover that will provide a way of etching an event in one's mind, as seen below:
The value in sending invitations and using program covers that have been rendered this way is a subject that I have discussed in some of my previous blog entries, which you can refer to by clicking here as well as here and here).
Dogwood Yawning is also available as a card, a card which you may want to send when your goal is to reach out to others in a way that goes beyond basic communication.
I won't leave you with the Top-of-the-mornin'- salutation in connection with Saint Patrick's Day, but I will leave you with this thought: Top of the mornin' seems to be the forerunner to the have-a-nice-day phrase which many shopkeepers seem to say no matter if the day is done. An actor I know once responded to someone telling him to have a nice day by saying "Don't tell me what to do . . . " (and no, that actor was not Charlie Sheen).
ADDENDUM: I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances.
My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series (pictured below)whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal.
As of May 22 2018, I have rendered some images from these books into greeting cards and they are available on Fine Art America, please click here for more info.
Re my book series: Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.
At this moment, May 2018, both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and are available wherever books are sold.
*Here's the purchase info for the Words In Our Beak book series: