A blog by an Irishwoman, written in both English and Swedish, depending on what humour is on me....
En blogg av en irländska, skriven på svenska och engelska.
Just scroll down to find the English bits among the Swedish, or vice versa.

Ta Gaeilge agam freisin, más é an rud é go bhfuil éinne eile le Gaeilge ag léamh mo bhlagsa.

Ich verstehe auch ein bisschen Deutsch, je parle un petit peu francais och klarar av lite norska med.

Wondering about the background of the blog? They're the Cliffs of Moher, in the neighbouring county, County Clare, 8km long, 700m high, and magnificent. Well worth a visit if anyone is around the West of Ireland

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Photos Christmas 2012 and New Year 2013

This very friendly donkey was at the Live Crib in the local village, along with some ewes and lambs and a cow and calf.
Merino fleece from a New Zealand sheep,
Horrieta, a hermit sheep, she stayed up in the hills and avoided being shorn for 7 years!
Christmas dinner, turkey and ham and stuffing, sprouts, etc,  with all the trimmings, yum...
A mild green Christmas, I do love the shapes of the beech trees across the road. The poet Gerald Manley Hopkins used to speak of the Inscape of the tree.
Finished spool of 2 ply handspun spun from a blend of fibers, received from a Raveller on Spin-Cycle, so soft...
same as previous, only this time I put all the green/yellow fibers together before spinning
water on the road, near us, took ten days for the men to come out and clear it up
singles of Horrietta's wool, ready for plying
Horrieta's fleece spun up, can't remember if this is the single and can't quite see if it's the plied finished handspun
Ashford spinning wheel,  Elizabeth

Primroses blooming in the ditch, 3rd January 2013!

I love detangling, this lace weight tangle was given to me and it took me over 5 hours to detangle.... phew...


  1. Thanks for sharing the pictures. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas dinner, and that you got to do quite a lot of spinning over the holiday. I can't imagine how much fibre must have been on that sheep if it had avoided the shearer for 7 years!

  2. Lovely!
    Yep, a picture says more than a lot of words :).
    And you already have primroses! We had a very mild Christmas too, but right now it's freezing and snowing.

  3. Your 'mild green Christmas' puts me in mind of Joni Mitchell's song 'River'. I love winter tree silhouettes and the fact that you know the source of your wool. Simple things, yet so important. Gott nytt år to all.