sweet blue face Leicester lamb
A sheep in Iceland – (credit to Reykjavik Excursions)
This sheep looks like a potential Icelandic sweater.
Icelandic Lopi knitting from long ago
Another Lopi knit
An English village dating back to the 1400’s. Lovely. A center for weaving and the wool trade. A very wealthy town in its day Some of my ancestors lived here. We visited during the late 1990’s and were charmed.
The Crooked House
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
Today I am using my blog as a sort of storage/reference system for an interesting article. For those of you interested in different breeds of sheep, I found this article on the Soay breed very interesting. The article appeared in the Guardian newspaper January 18th. I don’t happen to subscribe to the Guardian but the link was given by a member of the Online Guild.
The more I read about the spa town Llandrindod Wells where I went for my lawn bowling week, the more I feel I missed interesting local attractions. Of course the reason for my trip was to bowl, any sightseeing was a bonus. Once our team of 3 was knocked out by the English, I was “free”. But still – all the action was up at the bowling club and I wanted to be a part of it. It was so fascinating to watch the other matches and I wanted very much to support the other Irish players. Wearing green was the order of the day!
Consequently, that left little free time to be a tourist. I did have one free afternoon when no Irish teams were playing, and I really enjoyed exploring the Radnorshire Museum and the National Cycle Museum.
I have now discovered that Llandrindod Wells was very close to Bulith Wells, home of the Royal Welsh Showgrounds and the location of Wonder Wool Wales. I missed going to the Thomas shop in Penypont, only 5 miles away. I loved the 2 museums I visited on my one free afternoon and I really didn’t have time to go on these other jaunts that I am only now just discovering. My only real regret is that I didn’t walk around the town a little bit more and take pictures of the very distinctive Victorian architecture. I didn’t even take a picture of our hotel, partly because there were workmen blocking the way. The hotel has received a grant to assist in restoring the building so some of that work was being done. In time, the orginal elegant front terrace will be restored.
I would love to go back to this area and explore at leisure. There really are many photo opportunies. Next time.
In Wales everywhere I looked there appeared to be sheep in the distance. This was the view from the Llandrindod Wells Bowling Club. Look carefully – the sheep don’t show up well in this picture, but believe me, they were there.
And then there was the walk to the bowling green. A walk down a steep hill and across a bridge over a rushing stream. It was a very rainy week and the stream was quite full. Very beautiful – it reminded me of New Hampshire.