Monday, March 17, 2014

The green river.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Everyone can be Irish for one day, right? I have no Irish blood in me, but I can still find wisdom in a few Irish Proverbs {the cow one is my favorite}:

Is fearr lán doirn de cheird ná lán mála d’ór.
A handful of skill is better than a bagful of gold.

Is fearr bothán biamhar ná caisleán gortach.
A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.

Bíonn chuile dhuine lách go dtéann bó ina gharraí.
Everyone is sociable until a cow invades his garden.

 {A green fountain at Daley Plaza}

The annual dye {dying? dyeing?} of the Chicago River happened on Saturday morning. K and I were at his friends' annual party {yes, in the morning} so we missed it, but I love the ridiculousness of this tradition that dates way back. You can find the history in Chicago Magazine - Why Does Chicago Dye the River Green for St. Patrick's Day? I'll give you a hint - it started for a reason, to catch people polluting waste illegally into the river. A special dye was used that turned illegal spots green.

Aren't these photos gorgeous?

{Image via Voices, the home of the Chicago Sun-Times blogs}

{Images via Voices, the home of the Chicago Sun-Times blogs}

Hope you had a great Monday and didn't get pinched.

1 comment:

  1. I've always heard about the colored river, but I've never seen pictures of it before! Very cool!

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo