Apologies for missing my Monday update - it was a public holiday here following St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, so I wasn't near a computer. Hope everyone who marked the occasion had a lovely St. Paddy's Day!
There are a lot of very vehement groups on Facebook informing Americans that in Ireland, Patty is never used as a short form of Patrick so it should be called St. Paddy's Day for short, rather than St. Patty's Day. Personally I don't care, call it what you wish (some sources suggest St. Patrick was three people, so I'm not going to come over all 'This is AUTHENTIC Saint Patrick!' since we actually can't pin the facts of his life down too closely. For all we know, he could have been called Geoff).
But I would like my American readers to know that Patty is a more usual nickname for Patricia, the female form of Patrick, so if you call an Irishman named Patrick 'Patty', he is going to think you're a little strange :)
Geoff is not recommended either.
In other news, my friend Trish and I have started a blog dedicated to the endlessly interesting subject of tea. So far most of our posts have been from Trish - I have chimed in only once to comment on a Scotswoman who has managed to sell tea to China. If you're a tea enthusiast, please come and say hi!