Saturday, October 7, 2017

Back From Ireland

Back from 11 wonderful days in Ireland.  Had an incredible time on a knitter’s tour of Ireland.  I took several classes from well known Irish knitters and am now ready to cast on an Aran sweater.  The group went to a yarn spinning workshop, yarn dyeing workshop using natural dyes, watched a basket weaving demonstration, hit two woolen mills including a factory tour of how yarn is made from sheep to store shelves, took a scone and brown bread baking class, went to the Museum of Decorative Arts, a wonderful concert by Trad on the Prom, hit the usual tourist spots like Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, and Kylemore Abbey.  I even did some “pub knitting.”  The group went to a sheep farm and watched sheepherding dogs at work, ate more than a couple scones with tea, went to Hedgehog Fibers, spent 2 nights on the Aran Island Inis Oirr and hit Galway, Killarney and Dublin of course.  Galway was too much fun and I did a 3 mile walk along the Bay from the tourist shopping area near Quay Street back to the water front hotel.  I’m sure I’m leaving some stuff out.  It was just jam packed with fun things to do.  I met some really nice knitters and future meet ups and knit alongs are planned.  Northern Ireland knitting tour on the horizon :).  The one thing I took away from the trip is TRAVEL WHEN YOU ARE ABLE and have your mobility. The alternative is not pretty and not as much fun.  If you can’t or don’t like to walk, go up a flight of stairs or can’t move a short distance from point A to point B without breaking into a full blown sweat, you should probably just stay home.  We had a high maintenance princess and a gloomy Gus on the tour but they were easy enough to avoid. I mean really how much effort does it take to be miserable on a vacation????   I just don’t get it.  The food was wonderful. I don’t know why people crack jokes about how horrible Irish food is.  It was beyond good!  On the Aran Islands, we all had a fish pie that was so good the cook gave us the recipe :). Fish pie on the horizon too :).   Miss Ireland already and can’t wait to go back :).


























































6 comments:

chrisknits said...

Oh, I am jealous!!! I want to hit Ireland and Scotland someday.

Celtic Heart said...

Chris it was a knitting tour by the Irish Tourism Company. Scotland on my bucket list too. I know too many people who wait until they have retired to travel and they never do because of health problems. Gotta go when you are healthy and able.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos!

Celtic Heart said...

Thanks Anon:)

Shirley said...

I'm tech-challenged. Just figured out how to leave a comment. My comment is not just about your trip. I want to let you know that when I open my email and your post is in the inbox it makes me smile. It's the first thing I open. Thank you for the joy you have brought to my inbox. ☺ when I subscribed I thought it would be knitting and quilting, period. What a delightful surprise when you share about your garden, travels,...thank you. Keep the posts coming. ☺

Celtic Heart said...

Well Shirley aren’t you just the sweetest. That’s like the nicest comment I’ve ever gotten. Not that I’ve ever gotten a negative comment. It’s all good but really thank you. You know I started the blog as a way of keeping track of what I made and for who and recipes, etc. Never had any idea that my little blog would get over 200 thousand page hits. Just got back from a little weekend trip. Will post soon :)