My prompt from Carol for this round was the book Best Kept Secrets of Ireland which Carol bought and sent to me, but we think has been a victim of Covid post, probably sitting forgotten in a warehouse somewhere keeping its secrests all to itself.
That's a tough one. My favourite places are where we go walking the dogs. We have a few spots about the place. I live in Limerick, on the Shannon so we have miles and miles of riverbank. We are just over an hours drive to the Atlantic and have many more miles of the beach and cliff walks and my favourite beach to walk the dogs in the summer is Doughmore beach in Doonbeg or Beal Beach near Ballybunion.
|Free motion quilting and fancy stitches crazy piecing style|
In the end, I kept coming back to my favourite place from childhood, Curragh Chase Estate which is part of our National Forestry Service Coillte (pronounced queel-cha). We used to cycle the 12 miles there when we were kids or be driven out for a days rambling on special occasions. We used to use an old seat belt and swing from a huge tree, fighting for light with the biggest weeping willow I've ever seen.
Theres a big grey granite stone house which burned down twice, a man made lake and bridges with swans, a wishing chair and a pet cemetry which I always loved.
It was the home of the deVere family before it was handed over to the state. Aubrey deVere was a poet and I always wonder what it must have felt like to open the door in the morning, wander down the grey steps into cultivated greenery surrounded by woodland and feel blessed to own all of that. A very different kind of life to most people.
|Must have been just horrific watching the main house go up in flames.|
Still, to this day, I love to walk with the dogs along the trails under the trees especially when its raining (which is quite a bit!). You get that smell of green and feeling of dampness from the ferns and the soft rustle of the wind. Defintely my favourite place to just be.
|Cut up and moved about to fit this framing mat. Hints of memories peeking through.|