Irish and American workshops plus Horst is coming to teach in Ireland!!!

I was mortified this morning to discover that I had never updated my workshop page since before my trip to the States last Fall, knowing me well as a lot of you do by now I am sure you will have realised that paperwork and planning is REALLY not my thing but this was just the absolute limit!  Anyway, I now have spent a couple of hours (yes, really) sorting things out and am pleased to say I have updated the page to include the latest workshop here at Clasheen (on Saturday 5th March), provisional dates and venues for my US trip this May and an announcement about wonderful designer Horst’s first trip to Ireland and the workshops he will be facilitating here this June (whey hey, how lucky are we???).  Please visit the workshop page to check out any of these events, I promise to add extra details where necessary as final topics, dates and prices for some of these workshops are sorted out.

I also need to update all my links on this blog to include the wonderful selection of fibre and art related blogs I currently follow through Google Reader so please bear with me during this process, I follow a LOT of blogs!

Back at the ranch!

I got a wonderful greeting from Rex when I arrived back at Clasheen yesterday evening and he was just thrilled today when I let him out of his shed this morning and headed off for a walk before breakfast!  Amazingly enough, although the weather was very cloudy and damp here in Ireland when we landed yesterday afternoon and again today the temperature is actually approx 20 C so it hasn’t been too much of a contrast acclimatizing after the wonderful week we have had in La Gomera. 

Today I am trying to unpack, download some of my photos (over 500 of them!), get some washing done, catch up with emails (not going to get this one finally sorted ’till tomorrow so don’t panic if you are waiting for a reply), collect post from the post office, shop for basic food supplies, call over to Carmen (she is cooking lunch and we will be felting for the afternoon), start to assemble supplies that I need to take to America with me (trying to sort out the most interesting, unusual and relevant materials that I like to work with and share with others!), organise things for a workshop tomorrow morning and generally catch up with all those little things that don’t seem much by themselves but add up to a LOT of work to get done by nightfall!

Three point turns necessary to negotiate the bends!

As promised here is a photo showing the kind of roads and terrain we were travelling  on and traversing across although I have to confess this was just one road too far, we walked the final mile or so down to the little hermitage.  Three point turns on every corner with an horrendous fall if you went over the edge were just not my idea of fun so we parked where we found a spot and shank’s mare was the way to travel for the last stretch of this road!!!

OH NO, for some reason I have just lost a LOAD of writing and images when I uploaded this post for the first time so apologies for the lack of writing now (I’ve run out of time!) but here are a couple of images showing texture and patterns which I am saving in a special folder to spark inspiration for felting work in the future. 

Colours and textures from an old door in El Cercado

Old roof tiles, again in El Cercado