This week we are on adventure in Co. Wicklow, just south of Dublin in the East Coast of Ireland. Where steep sheep-covered hillsides and sprinkled by mossy old growth forests with babbling rivers crossed by ancient stone bridges. When I was a little girl my father was a designer at Arklow Pottery. We lived in an apartment at Ballyraine House, where Dr. Probey, our landlord, lived next to us in the main house. One of my earliest childhood memories is going to Avoca weaving mill nearby. I loved it there. I remember the luminescent colors of the wool on the looms and the rhythmic soundtrack accompanying the work. There were meadows and a picnic spot on the banks of a cool river where we waded and lunched. Ever since those days I have slept under Avoca blankets and found myself immersed in wool.
For years I have been looking forward to revisiting these places. This weekend flooded me with memories of a technicolor childhood full of dampness and magic, deep moss, mythical beings and enchanted forests. They are all here. Avoca is better than my wildest imagination. Ballyraine House is home to a mental health residential community with all the enormous trees and rolling lawn I remember. Arklow Pottery closed in 1999 but we met a lovely woman over lunch at Blue Cafe who remembered it, and my father well. Fat raindrops pelted us we dashed through the alleys and backstreets of Arklow. We laughed and were all thankful for the wool we wore. Tomorrow we are off to see Avoca weavers in action. In the meantime let me show you a smattering of the beauty of wool from my travels around Etsy.
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