Monday, 17 November 2008

Home again

I'm back home and Ryanair lived up to its reputation as both flights were on time, in fact the return flight landed 10 minutes early. While in the plane a fanfare sounds on landing to inform all passengers that Ryanair has done it again, landed on time, as apparently happens to 90% of their flights. They also manage to have an excellent record for not losing bags and I can thoroughly recommend them!

Limerick was both much changed and very much the same, if that makes any sense. The place itself has grown amazingly, there are entirely new housing developments and out of town shopping centres as well as many new motorways. Occasionally I recognized things from the past such as O'Connell Street and
King Johns Castle.

What has not changed is Irish hospitality (I really never felt so spoiled in my life!), the excellent food (I'm going to go on a diet for at least a fortnight!), the lively pubs (I was in The Locke Bar, see above, during the All Blacks - Munster rugby game, lost by Munster, helas) and the relaxed attitude of the Irish. It was indeed very good to be back and remind myself of all that!!
I actually found time to visit a quiltshop, the Limerick Quilt Centre run by Maeve Meany, as it was open till midnight, after the meeting at which I gave the talk. Needless to say I indulged in some fabric buying as the selection was excellent!

I stayed in a beautiful place just outside Adare for my first 2 nights, and you can stay there too as it is a bed and breakfast place, called Barnalick House, owned by Grania Preston who also owns The Vault Gallery in Adare, and was also given splendid hospitality by Gwen, the chairperson of the MidWest Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society, as well as by Claire who writes their blog and who provided my bed for the last night and made sure I got to Shannon Airport this morning. She also organized the trip for me. Thanks again to everyone!! It really was grand!

Shown above (with permission from the artists!) are some fabric ATCs made during one of the classes I taught.

1 comment:

Lenna Andrews said...

Looks wonderful, Frieda . . . I wish I could have been there in your class! Thank you for the links about your travels, too. I had fun reading about you on the Irish Patchwork blog :) lenna


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