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26.2.16

Jiminy Crickets, it's a vest!


I finished hand-sewing the hems and the band on the vest.  It certainly was fun to work with Kathryn, Mary, and Carol.  We used the same pattern as a guideline and each have a project that is unique to each of us.  I like the clean edges at the top and bottom, so at this time I may leave them clean with no knitted edging.  The owl shawl pin seems to work well and I like the vest closed rather than open.  I will take a better photo at some time, but was so excited when I finished last night.  We are planning our next group projects!  Right now an accessory looks good for the next project with a focus on the pattern of the weaving.

Valentine's Day in Ireland

On Valentine's day we were fortunate with the weather, as the sun came out and although it was windy and chilly it was just beautiful for our drive around the Connemara Loop and Wild Atlantic Way.  
Kyle more Abbey 

The roads are very narrow making stops difficult for sheep encounters.  This was a perfect spot to snap a photo.  Across the road was the rest of the flock.  When Jim approached them they scattered.

Sunshine, snow on the mountain, wearing a favorite jumper, and a lovely walk on the beach.  Life is good.

The rocks sparked in the sun.

We did a short hike in the Connemara National Park.


Driving along the Wild Atlantic Way back to Galway.

The sunset was so beautiful as we made our way to Barna and enjoyed a Valentine's supper at O'Grady's on the Pier.









22.2.16

Back to Ireland

Jim and I returned last night from a week in Ireland.  We stayed in B&Bs  this trip as we did so many years ago on our first trip.  This time we spent most of our time in and around Galway and then in Dublin.
We spent the first day and night in Drogheda.  We drove around to see a few sights, a battlefield in County Meath (Battle of the Boyne, 1690) and then Newgrange to see the stone age passage tomb.
We took a short walk near the battlefield and it was nice to see lots of green!

To see the large passage tomb at Newgrange was impressive.  It was constructed around
3,200 B.C., which makes it over 5,000 years old.  

The mound is ringed by 97 massive kerbstones
 
The decorated kerbstone at the entrance is beautiful with the tri-spiral design.
The white stones gleam in the sunshine.

A second highly decorated stone is at the back of the tomb on the outside.

Our weather the next day was not as sunny, but the drive to Galway was beautiful nonetheless.  We stopped at the Kilbeggan Distillery for a self-tour and a taste at the end.  Very smooth whiskey, a good thing for a chilly day.

Looking for the entrance to the distillery.

The waterwheel no longer runs, but is still there.  The river beside the distillery was rushing by right up to the building.

The patina on the tanks against the brickwork is quite striking.

We made our way to the B&B in Galway in Bushy Park and seeing the little cottage at the bottom of the hill by the road was a treat.  The owner's husband, Martin, was born there.  He was the youngest of twelve children and said that only eight were there at any one time.  I cannot imagine that because it was very tiny and still was beautiful at over 200 years old.