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Keeping the Dream Alive

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Keeping the Dream Alive

It's such a great feeling being able to tick a box on a project and finally see it there, in front of you, at last!

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Lios Darach Fort

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Lios Darach Fort

On this August Bank Holiday Monday we went for a walk up to the fort  and it was magical.

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Wind The Bobbin Up

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Wind The Bobbin Up

My boys have grown up surrounded by the accoutrements of a spinner and weaver. Our home is also my studio and when they were crawling around and toddling I used to have to cordon areas off and there was lots of 'don't touch....I need that for a job' as they reached for whatever had caught their eye. As a result, anything I work at is now called 'my job'. I've tried to teach them the name of various bits and pieces and it's slowly taking shape but now and then you hear a shout from another room as one of them informs me that the...

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Bog, Heath and Moor

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Bog, Heath and Moor

It's my favourite time of my year and my favourite type of scenery. The 'wide and deep prospects and rugged scenery' (Norton Anthology of English Literature) made it the perfect setting for the some of the most famous romantic literature like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I saw some of the Peak District this year and found parts of it strangely familiar and utterly enchanting. The moors were so like the Bragan Bog at home (and I had my own Mr. Darcy with me of course!) When I got home I tried to find some pictures to compare and...

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Autumn Advances

Autumn Advances

The summer has come and gone and thoughts gather, reflect and move on to what's ahead. The CRAFTed project I worked on with 6th Class in St. Tiarnach's School ended in June. The produced a wonderful piece called 'Woolscapes'. It's their interpretation of the landscape over the last 100 years - a response to the 1916 Centenary Year. Pictures to follow. Good luck to them all as they move on to secondary school.   My piece 'Waiting Patiently', part of the 'Thread Song' exhibition has been to Dublin an Sligo. My wedding dress was selected for exhibition in the RDS...

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