Love this image from Rubalcava Horticultural Services in County Wicklow Ireland. It reminds me also of a field of wildflowers at Airfield, an urban farm near my former home in Dublin. Or Monet’s famous painting of a field of Poppies.
Airfield for Sketching September 24, 2011
I understand that one of my favourite places in Dundrum in Dublin Ireland is going to be closed for major renovations. For several years while I was in Dublin I worked in the archive at Airfield and then was involved in the campaign to “save Airfield”. Save Airfield meaning save this unique urban farm from the developers. That battle was won several times and I would imagine that in today’s economic climate the would-be developers have disappeared. But somehow now Airfield seems to have the money for a major overhaul from within and therefore will be closing its doors and gates for about a year and a half.
I get news each week of a Sunday sketching group which moves around Dublin. This Sunday they are meeting at Airfield, just in time before it closes. Over the years I did several art classes at Airfield and I have numerous photographs and a few sketches to show my impressions. Following is one of my efforts.
This sketch was done some years ago. I think this bench is long gone. It will be interesting to see what this Sunday’s sketchers will come up with. I never managed to join them while we were in Dublin and now I will be with them in virtual space on Sunday. 6000 miles away. I hope they have the weather we are having here today in Seattle – a real Indian Summer day, it’s boiling.
I also get news of Hedgebrook Gardens in Blessington, County Wicklow south of Dublin. The head gardener there, Jimi Blake, used to be the head gardener at Airfield. Jimi was on the RTE programme Nationwide back in July and now I find out that he will be coming to Seattle next March. I will circle the date.
Snippets From A Day in Dundrum, Dublin Ireland December 3, 2009
Excerpts from my diary for a night and day in early December:
an email informs me that our belongings are well on their way to Seattle on the SS Rotterdam, due in Seattle on January 4th
10:15 a.m. – a man arrives to fit a carpet, just as I am going off to my final Irish class for this term. Husband Ian left in charge. On the way to my class I discover that my handwoven curtains are now buried in a skip.
Irish class as enjoyable as ever
a bit of shopping
and a walk to Airfield in the mid-afternoon to see how the piglets are doing
a bit of Christmas shopping in the shop at Airfield and then coffee and tea with friends – including 4 year old Alannah who was uneasy about seeing the piglets – Mama sow’s snorts were a bit frightening!
evening – knitting and the latest episode of Ros na Rún – a long running Irish soap
WWSIP Day September 15, 2009
WWSIP – World Wide Spin in Public Day is happening on this coming Saturday, September 19. Events are being organised all over the world to celebrate the craft of spinning. I am in the midst of organising a spinning “party” here in Dublin at Airfield Farm. A number of members and friends of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers will be spinning out of doors (weather permitting) or inside a big tent put up for the purpose. Here are a few pictures from previous events.
Spinning at Airfield
Sheep shearing at Airfield
Lambs at Airfield