Thursday, 12 August 2010

August, Ireland and Upcoming Events

Hello! I feel like I've been away on holiday for months! I suppose that's the sign of a good break.
We were actually only away for two and a half weeks spending two days each end of the holiday traveling. It's a long way to the Dingle peninsula on the west coast of Ireland but we made the most of it by stopping off in nice places and visiting friends.

While I was away my work was selling like hot cakes at Crail Arts Festival. Thank you to everyone who bought things and to everyone who has visited my site here since.
I also enjoyed a bit of street trading while I was in Dingle town. I met so many lovely people and really enjoyed my day in the sun by the marina.

Wild Beach

I have to say I'm glad to be home. We spent 15 nights wild camping in a tent next to the beach above. I love camping and I love being away out west, sleeping by the sea and swimming every day but the weather was soft as they say in Ireland which basically means it was overcast with a light drizzle a lot of the time. Thankfully we had no torrential rain and we did get nice sunny spells too but towards the end of the fortnight I felt that everything was getting damp. The wind had also got up and swimming became less appealing. When I say wild camping, I mean wild camping. No facilities of any kind. We were totally self sufficient but not alone in our madness. The little spot we go to is frequented by many campers, caravaner's and campervaner's. We even met people we'd met last year!

Ballydavid Head
Ballydavid Head.
This headland dominated our view from the tent so we just had to climb it. Wonderful views from the top with open sea to the west. Most exhilarating.

Coumenole Beach and Slea Head
Coumenole and Slea Head
One of our favourite beaches to swim at with big waves rolling in from the south west.

Roadside Montbretia

Roadside Montbretia
The wild flowers growing by the roadside in this part of Ireland are spectacular. Swathes of bright orange Montbretia grow along side dark red Fuchsia, Queen of The Meadow, Jacob's Ladder and a multitude of other beautiful plants.

Back to reality here though. My next event will be Tea on The Lawn at Springfield House near Cupar on Saturday 28th August, 11-3pm.

I was contacted via Etsy and asked if I'd like to take part.
Jen and Lisa are working very hard to make this a successful event.

I am also having a stall at Craft Fairs Scotland St Andrews Craft Fair in St Andrews Town Hall on Saturday 18th September, 10-4pm

Looking forward to meeting some of you at these events. For now I need to get on and put some of my new inspiration into new work. My computer is also on a 'go slow' so I'll upload some more photos in another post.

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