It’s a long-standing tradition that I always make a RAPS for Paddy’s Day.
When I say long-standing… since 2016. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. RA has no known connections to Ireland other than work colleagues (e.g. Orla Brady, Dervla Kirwan) and film locations (George Gently, Pligrimage) Although due to geographic proximity and historic links, almost everyone in England has an Irish great-granny or two lurking in their family tree, and with RA’s paternal family connected to Leeds and the linen industry, there is a strong possibility there because many Irish people came to Yorkshire during the Industrial Revolution and folling the Great Irish Famine. But who cares! Ireland is my adopted home, and everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day! So if you like Ireland, then let’s go green today.
These little mint tins of the “Blink” brand are among my favourite shrine receptacles. Reason being that they feature nice designs and only have a small logo “defacing” the tin.
This particular design with its swirly lines reminds me of the sun spirals so typical for the Irish megalithic age, and of the later Celtic spiral designs.
Let’s peek inside.
The Irish theme continues with a twee cottage in the background and a St Patrick’s Cross in the foreground. Richard has gone green for the day, too.
And he has also put on a blue-green plaid. Fun fact: Tea aficionados might recognise the green background used in the lower half of the tin. Fortnum & Mason’s Royal Blend tea bags come wrapped individually in these little sachets. They are so beautiful, I kept one. And now was the perfect opportunity to use it, making use of the gorgeous bamboo frame design to frame Mr A.
This shrine will be raffled away, so leave a comment on this WordPress blog post and I’ll let randompicker determine the winner. Open for entry until 11.59pm GMT, Thursday 18 March 2021.
I will leave it up to the winner whether they want to go more Irish with the shrine and fix a little St Patrick’s Day reference permanently in the RAPS. It is currently not glued into the shrine, because I felt bad about obscuring the luscious, green, velvet arm, but this is what you could do if you wanted an Irish reference:
So, happy Patrick’s Day to everyone. There won’t be any parades in Ireland today – the second year running. But I’ll put a little shamrock in my buttonhole and parade my green jumper up and down my stairs. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!