Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dublin Bound

Time to pack up and head out of Co. Kerry. This has been a beautiful area to explore and spend several days getting to know Ireland.

We passed William Penn's father's home. Look closely in the center of the photo in the background.

Our first stop was at Blarney ...some chose to pay dearly (not a nominal fee) to get into the castle area and further paid to have a photo taken when kissing the Blarney stone. Others went to the local Woollen Mills to do some shopping. There was also a Foodie shop with lovely things. Including this fabric which I could imagine all sorts of fun things to be made from. They were covered fabrics, so would typically be used for a table cloth, but what about a raincoat or brollie (umbrella)??

And, beautiful tile work in the bathroom.

We pressed on to Cashel Rock which dates back to the 4th century. After a short walk around the area we nipped into a cafeteria style restaurant recommended by our driver. Wonderful vegetarian quiche! But their 'free wifi' wasn't working.

Then on to Dublin where I was able to find the main Post Office and pick up some issued stamps from past years with fun designs. Tomorrow is another stamp issued for the Volvo Ocean Race that is starting in Galway June 30. Hope I can stop at a p.o. and get one on the day of issue!

Missed grabbing some decent grub due to closures of shops prior to getting back on the bus to head to our accomodations. I had some digestives in my bag and that had to do for dinner tonight. Duncan got to another chips shop while I was making my post office run.

After a wrong turn due to a bad directional sign, our bus driver got us out of a housing development very carefully and we found our accomodations, The Druids Glen Resort. The three small group leaders that were combined with Pam Holland's group were given an opportunity to present what they do to those who were interested. Always fun to share and hopefully inspire others from my designs.

Cathy Van Bruggen also shared her techniques (Applique, the easy way) and samples and Grannie Suzannie showed the article that was written about her in The Quilt Life, June 2011. She is a vendor that features border stripe prints (great selection if you're looking). She also designs paper pieced patterns and celtic patterns.

Here is a BONUS*** For those who are in Ireland and want to order EQ ...Nik from the Cotton Patch is willing to give you this offer:

Anyone ordering EQ7 from Ireland before the end of June, after placing the order, send them an email quoting my name (Marlene Oddie @ KISSed Quilts) they will reduce the £29.50 postage charge to £15.

One more day.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter went to Ireland, Wales and England on a trip her senior year with a her history teacher and a group of 40 other kids over spring break. Some of your pictures look familiar. She was one of those people who paid to Kiss that Blarney Stone. She loved it over there.
    I haven't been. Maybe one day.