A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Post… Accompanied by a Sasha ‘A-wearing of the Green.’

My Sasha Brood Remainers and I would like to wish everyone a…

Saint Patrick …

… was born the son of a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes) in Roman Britain in 387CE near the Scottish/English boarder but was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and taken to Ireland and sold as a slave to serve under a Heathen master as a herdsman. After six years of enduring this harsh life (but still keeping his Christian faith) and learning the Irish language (which became very useful to him later) he finally managed to escape on a boat and returned to England.

It has become a tradition to wear GREEN clothing on Saint Patrick’s Day so here is, Jeanette, my JMD customised girl, wearing a delightfully gifted and made dress by Petrana
in some perfectly suited material to celebrate this day.
(I have teamed it here with some JJ beige sandals and commercially made socks.)




After a few years after returning to England Saint Patrick was told in a dream by God to go back to Ireland and Christianise it. So after studying in a monastery and then being ordained a priest he returned to help and assist, the then Bishop of Ireland. On the death of this Bishop St Patrick was consecrated in his place. Later on, when on a visit to Rome, he was instructed by the Pope to travel the length and breath of Ireland converting it’s people to Christianity.


Below Jeanette changes her JJ footwear to a pair of Ruthsdolls lace-ups.




Over the years Saint Patrick established many churches and monasteries, for both monks and nuns, and so Ireland became a country of Christian piety and learning and from which many monks in the following years, went out to preach the Christian faith to those in England, France and Switzerland.

Due to the much colder weather over the last week Jeanette has decided to put on a beautiful and very finely knitted (by my local Sasha friend, Kate) soft cream cardigan.



Saint Patrick was regarded as a Saint because of his life spent as a dedicated missionary after being instructed by the Pope to organise and establish the Church of Ireland.

After living a completely ‘apostolic’ life of labour and love Saint Patrick died on March 17th, 461 and so it is on this day each year that, not only in Ireland, but in many other Christian countries, we celebrate his Feast Day.


St Patrick eventually became the Patron Saint of Ireland …

….and on account of his teaching of the Holy Trinity using the Shamrock (when trying to explain the Holy Trinity Saint Patrick bent down and picked up a three leaf clover to show how God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were ONE just as these three petals grew from the one stem.) From then on this became Ireland’s National Flower Emblem.




Her little cardigan now done up showing the dear little pearl fastening buttons.




The Lyrics of the Hymn to Saint Patrick.

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

On Erin’s green valleys, on Erin’s green valleys,
On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, thy words were once strong
Against Satan’s wiles and a heretic throng;
Not less is thy might where in Heaven thou art;
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part!

In a war against sin, in the fight for the faith,
Dear Saint, may thy children resist to the death;
May their strength be in meekness, in penance, and prayer,
Their banner the Cross, which they glory to bear.

Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,
Shall love and revere thee till time be no more;
And the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,
Its warmth undiminished, undying its light.

Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,
Where the shamrock still blooms as when thou were on earth,
And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.


Jeanette now wearing a Ruthsdoll’s homespun green/beige/maroon check classic styled smocked dress and socks with JJ sandals.




Another green outfit change, smocked dress this time by Jill Mackley of ‘Frocks and Socks’ and again with Ruthsdolls socks and JJ sandals.



This is the card that I sent to my daughter who is 50% Irish (father’s) and 50% English (mother!)

The card that my daughter’s pet Weimaraner dog, Bella, and her partner’s French Bulldog brother, Bernie, sent to their mummy.

A photo of Saint Patrick towards the end of his reign.

Lastly, will you please raise your glasses to wish everyone a great Saint Patrick’s Day with a pint of Ireland’s famous Guinness Brew.

Cheers! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!





I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for visiting us here and helping celebrate yet another of Ireland’s Patron Saint’s Feast Days.


22 thoughts on “A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Post… Accompanied by a Sasha ‘A-wearing of the Green.’

  1. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Kendal! I love to see your Jeanette dressed in different outfits and shoes. She is a perfect model. Kate’s cardigan is so sweet and dainty and just lovely on her.

    I appreciate reading about the history of Saint Patrick and Ireland. We celebrate this special day here in the States and usually the news show on TV will show a group of people drinking green beer! I will wear a bit of green to Mass this morning. ☘️

    Have a lovely day and thank you for a beautiful post. 😊 xxx

    • I’m as thrilled with this second JMD doll as I am with Gertie Clarisse. Both are proving to be so wonderful and adaptable in front of the camera. (Although having said that I was very disappointed with the blue hues in some of the photos due to lack of day/natural light.)
      Saint Patrick is a very popular Patron Saint isn’t he…more so that England’s Saint George.
      When I was at Loreto boarding school so many of the girls and nuns wore a little bunch of Shamrock (that arrived in sweet little boxes) pinned to their lapels and I so wanted to do the same… BUT didn’t dare as I’m 100% ENGLISH.
      Happy Saint Patricks Day.

  2. Hello Kendal
    Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you as well! Sorry I haven’t posted lately……..life getting in the way. Great pics as usual and I have no doubt the Sashas are all fine dancers!
    I’m 1/2Irish and ½ Welsh ……..love the gentle timbre of the Southern Irish accent.
    So we continue with the Irish theme:

    Irish are exquisite musicians ………..but doubt if the Sashsa enjoy dancing to Rory Gallagher (RIP)

    I did search to see of I could find a pic of a Triumph Renown in Irish colours – no luck ☹
    Take care and hope the onset of Spring is bringing you joy 😊
    Kind regards,

  3. I too am finding it difficult to find the time to post here as often as I would like too as there always seems to be so many more important things to be done.
    I’m always amazed at how light on their feet Irish dancers are. I adored watching Michael Flattley dance and was lucky enough to see a part of his original group dance live at our local theatre.
    The Irish accent is rather catching isn’t it and I remember that I had to often stop myself from literally ‘picking it up’ from my husband in the beginning of our marriage.
    My daughter played the flute and Glockenspiel beautifully whilst at school but unfortunately had to give it up when she went out to work and then got married.
    Thanks for commenting. Off now to watch the youtubes.
    PS. I heard the other month that they are holding the FINAL Llandudno Loreto Renunion in September.

    • Kendal wrote: PS. I heard the other month that they are holding the FINAL Llandudno Loreto Renunion in September.

      Lawrence replied: Oh dear, so sorry to read this Kendal. I did recognise quite a few of the names on the board we both posted on. Fascinating to read how the lives of the former pupils worked out. I’ve always found the longevity of female friendships fascinating – clearly doesn’t exist with males.

      St Mary’s became co-ed after I left, but I have never come across one female who attended before it closed. Love the flute and oboe, but learning the violin via ‘Little Brown Jug’ created a permanent musical rebel!!!!! Still remain convinced that boarding schools are not the best route to a happy adulthood. Interesting to note, however, that young females are much better at dealing with homesickness than males.

      Keep up the postings – always a pleasure.

      Kind regards,

  4. Happy St Patrick’s Day Kendal! I hope you’ve had a nice day. I am half Irish too and we always celebrated this day when I was young and living at home. My mum would cook traditional food for my dad who was from Cork City, and they would celebrate at the local Catholic social club with their friends and their families. And now that I have dual citizenship I guess I should be celebrating too!!
    Big hugs Sharon xxx

  5. I’m thinking that NO other nation celebrates their Patron Saints day as well as the Irish do. My English Saint George’s Day pales in comparison…and sometimes, although I hate to admit it, I forget to send my daughter a card to celebrate MY English 50% of her!

  6. This was simply delightful! Thank you! Behind this married Hoffman name beats the heart of a Shanahan, and I’m grateful for your darling girl and the wearing of the green. You’re sound asleep, of course, but I hope it was a lovely day.

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Well guessing that as the years roll by the attendance there must be falling as people died or have become too frail/ill to get there. Many of my former class friends/mates have passed on and I’m now only in touch with one at Christmas time with a card and their news.
    It’s such a shame but that’s life I guess.
    I really LOVED my time at boarding school being with my peer group friends and living by the seaside 24/7. Mind you I’m a very sociable person. Unfortunately my three brothers and sister didn’t like boarding away from home but my parents at the time thought that they were giving us the best in education. It has though made us all more appreciative of the finer things in life (good and plentiful food, warmth, soft comfortable beds, TV time, our own personal spaces etc.)
    When my daughter’s best school friend left their school at 13 to go to Cheltenham Young Ladies Boarding school my father offered to pay for my daughter’s fees for the next five years to go along with her but she refused as she said that she loved her home too much. Naturally I was rather disappointed as it was a good opportunity to miss knowing just how much I had enjoyed the experience…but there you go.
    Great to hear from you here. Enjoy the coming Spring season.

  8. Hello from a new Sasha friend! Your Jeannette is adorable in all her outfits! 😄I, too, remember St Patrick’s day from school (Adelphi) and how we had to do irish dancing, and present the nuns with little bunches of shamrock and golden card harps on green ribbon. We had a pair of twins among the teachers (Kelleher sisters) and they organised it every year. It was quite a big deal. I’ve not thought of that in years!

  9. Hello and welcome to the Sasha Brood Remainers posts. I hope that you will enjoy visiting us here again, although I don’t unfortunately have as many, or indeed seem to have regular posts, like I used to but still try to get one posted out on a monthly basis.
    How lovely that the two twin teachers at your school celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day on such a high level. March is so often such a mixed moth of weathers that it must have been something to look forward to.Many thanks too for your most interesting comment. I love it when my followers take the time to do this. Really encourages me to try to do more!

  10. I Love your St Patrick’s day post, always so interesting and full of beautiful eye candy.
    The dolls always look great wearing the green , thanks for a lovely Sunday read, I had to return to do the comment 🙂 x

  11. Thanks Denise though was sorely tempted to save time and direct my followers to last year’s post instead… BUT that might have been considered rather on the lazy/naugyhty side.
    I so agree about our dolls looking good in green with their tanned skin tones.

  12. What a super post Kendal, I’m a bit late but still have a bit of the Irish spirit in me! I loved learning about Saint Patrick, I really didn’t know that much about him. I also loved the shamrock analogy, I am so much better informed now! Jeanette looks so lovely in all of the dresses and shoes, I love seeing our girl grace your pages ❤

  13. Well you were certainly busy over the weekend! Can’t tell you how thrilled I am with ‘our’ Jeanette. She is SO photogenic and seems to look great in everything that I dress her in. I tend to be a little more cautious when ‘playing’ with Gertie Clarisse due to her beautifully styled by you wig but with this sweet girl her hair seems to just fall naturally back into place.
    They have now both become the best of friends here due to their common heritage.

  14. What a lovely way to spend St Patricks Day spending the weekend with JMD and the ‘about-to-be’ 30 SCW Course Dolls. How wonderful was that?
    Can’t wait to see them all, finished and personally dressed in May.

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