Have you ever wondered just how Irish the Celtic Ranch blogger is? Let’s meet the blogger and ask some important questions:
1. So how Irish are you?
Susanna Bartee: Not very. Though DNA tests on both parents do show a heavy British Isles influence, I’m afraid it’s more English than anything else. If it helps, I have been married 25 years to a man so Irish that I can’t believe he doesn’t have an accent. He does look mighty fine in a kilt though. Oh, and I spent six days in Ireland in 2006. I think it’s time to go back.
2. Then what qualifies you to write about all things Celtic?
SB: I’ve spent most of my career writing on things I don’t know all that much about. I really love (nerd alert) to research. And everything about Ireland’s history, culture, and craftsmanship is fascinating. Writing about the Celtic lands is the next best thing to being there. Did I mention I want to go back soon?
3. So how did you end up with this job?
SB: It may have something to do with how often we frequent The Celtic Ranch’s brick and mortar store in Weston. The whole family has wish lists (mine = sweaters, boots, and pewter) and it’s one of the first places we take all of our visitors. If you don’t already appreciate Ireland, give it a few minutes for the beautiful treasures and the beautiful redheads employed there to work their magic.
4. What’s a topic you can’t wait to write about?
SB: Women and whiskey. I was born and raised in Texas so I’ve always wanted to be the cowgirl who bellies up to the bar and demands a shot of whiskey. It just sounds so fantastically tough. But I’m not an adventurous drinker so it remained just a fantasy until I attended my first whiskey tasting at The Celtic Ranch last year. One sip and I actually did feel fantastically tough. Now I want to know more about the women who make it and the women who drink it. Also I think I this calls for buying a new pair of boots.
5. So basically you’re a redheaded-whiskey-drinking-Irish-living wannabe?