Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday Frivolity: St. Patrick's Day

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This week's host theme is St. Patrick's Day. I must confess that this is a holiday I have never celebrated in any way - it's not as big a deal in the mainland UK, probably because we all have our own patron Saints' days. Scotland has St. Andrew, England has St. George, and we in Wales have St. David.

On St. David's day - March 1st - children are expected to dress up. Boys are invariably miners or rugby players, while girls get to be Welsh ladies. The rest of us wear a leek or daffodil badge.

Who wouldn't aspire to this look? Lady Llanover took it upon herself to create it, based on elements of actual dress, in the 1830s.

At school, kids take part in a mini Eisteddfod (festival of Welsh culture) with activities like poetry reciting, folk dancing, and attempting to draw the national flag:

Welsh flag
And you thought trying to get all those stars on was hard work!

Then there is the singing. The National Anthem is a must on St. David's Day:

Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
Click HERE for the translation.

You might think we have a vendetta against vowels but, actually, we love them so much we've got a couple extra - A, E, I, O, U, W, Y. What do you expect with an alphabet like this:

Some even suggest that St. Patrick was born in Wales - Banwen in Neath Port Talbot celebrates their alleged son every year. So this post is not as wildly off topic as you might suppose. ;)

Now on to the link-up! :D

The Hosts:

Host: Jess from Babi a Fi
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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! This week Jess has been writing about how to Grow Your Blog with StumbleUpon and International Women's Day.

Host: Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom
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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things... friendship and connection, laughter, books and music, furbaby love, minimalism, wellness pursuits, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on! Curious about how to create a capsule wardrobe without losing your mind?? Check out her series here!

Host: Audrey from Munofore
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Audrey is an awesome, eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! This week she's writing about how to take the negativity out of your social media feeds.

Host: Lisa from Syncopated Mama
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and wonderfully authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Check out her educational ideas and resources in the latticed learning series!

Featured Post from Last Week: 
In a fun twist, since we now have four hosts we will also have FOUR FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other three blogs to see if you were featured there! ;)
by Ilkas Blog.

How cute is this? I love the fresh colours, and it would be perfect as an Easter craft project.

Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to three posts, and old posts are always welcome! There are three rules only:

Party Rules

If you want to let others know about the linky, feel free to grab the badge!

Babi a Fi


  1. I was wondering how you were going to approach this theme. I love it! I always like learning about different cultures, but I admit the alphabet stymies me. And I know I couldn't draw your flag. :)

    1. The flag is so difficult - you just spent the whole time rubbing out wrong pencil marks! x

  2. Ooooh, I got to learn something, too! Loved the alphabet lesson, too - I don't think I could ever attempt to learn your language - figuring out the correct way to say all the towns I hiked through on the West Highland Way was tricky enough for me!

    1. It's so confusing to learn - my Welsh is still not great, even now!

    2. Better than mine, though, that's for sure! :P #FridayFrivolity

  3. Oh my gosh, what is WITH those HATS?? ;P That could have gone in the fashion fails post ahahaha. LOVE the dragon flag though!!

    1. xD I know, right!? Supposedly they were the rural welsh version of fashionable riding hats...

  4. I did NOT know you had extra vowels!!
    But, I must confess, I didn't try to sing your anthem. Mea culpa!

    1. Hehe, yeah, it doesn't sell itself! :)


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