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Class tonight went really well–we both finally feel that we’re getting the hang of the different tools we’ve had to use the past 4 weeks. Loran loves it; he’s looking to order a chisel & gouge set to start whittling away during the cold winter evenings.


Before Picture of my 3 pieces~


Loran concentrating SO hard


Shaving away on my spatula~


Finished spatula (!), nearly finished spoon, and 2nd spoon started. Wheee!!



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We had another field trip day today: the Irish National Heritage Park. Loran and I opted for the free 1 1/2 hour tour around the park and (besides frozen toes) it was well worth the time. Our guide escorted us around to the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Neolithic Age, etc. etc. with replicas of thatched houses (nomadic & permanent), burial sites, and even a horizontal water mill.


Replicas of early nomadic structures~



Replica of what is called a “Ring Fort” – Farmers had to protect their livestock from thievery, resorting to a wall and trench!



Settlement meant bigger houses~



This wooden statue was standing in the park’s bogland~ He represented the wooden figurines that would be tossed in as sort of an offering, preserving the objects for use in the next world, next life.


Next week we have a fieldtrip to Kilkenny!! We’re sooo excited–check back!


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Irene has what she calls the “WWOOFer’s Walk”–she has each WWOOFer make a cement tile with an image made from tiles, broken ceramics, rocks, etc. She’ll have these tiles be the stepping stones from her backyard patio to the vegetable garden. We started ours today, smashing plates and a vase and organizing the material into piles by color (:



Plates!! Gorgeous Colors~



Having WAY too much fun with this ;)



Nice lil’ piles!



Hopefully next week we’ll have a completed tile to show you! We have a really nice design in mind…we’ll see if we can effectively accomplish it.




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We are halfway through the month. It’s hard to believe that we’ll be leaving in just over 2 weeks. A sobering thought, as we’ve fallen in love with the Hook of Ireland.

Leaving Ireland, and moving on, was on our minds during our morning walk. The foggy daybreak mirrored our cloudy thoughts, but the beauty of the morning dissipated any scrooginess and took us into a highly productive, exhilarating day.




misty layers


Dewey webs~


We accomplished a lot. Finished Kate & Ray’s stawberry bed, worked on more steps in the garden, finished organizing the polytunnel, relocated 5 loganberry bushes and, finally, made a mushroom tart supplemented with wild blewits we foraged before sunset.




Before — Update coming soon…


Before! So disorganized!


After we swooped in & saved the day~


An unbelievably gorgeous mushroom tart.









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So…I fell off the wagon. But only for one day! Anyway, it’s almost impossible to have a genuine, picture-worthy moment when you decide not to brave the outdoors because of shoddy weather. Yesterday was the epitome of a lazy-day, where the most exciting activities were pesto dip & fire-stoking. Even today followed the same sort of course of events, but luckily it was a beautiful day

The neighbor dogs & Bobby have decided that they must fight over a stick if we toss one; and today it got kind of ugly :(


Bobby was having a good time…


No! Mine!


Break it up, break it up!!


A triumphant Bobby…all’s well that ends well. (They kissed & made up)


Bobby was especially lucky today–we went on a second walk this evening to enjoy the sunset and perk up after a sluggish day. We were surprised to see a group of deer huddled together…before we frightened them off. Moments like these make me wish I had a telephoto zoom lense…alas, this is the best I could get:


Huddled & Wary


Tomorrow we’re hoping to visit a local u-pick apple orchard & Monday we’ll be back to work!


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I found a hedgehog. The only time I’d seen the precious things were on gardening or nature shows. If you haven’t yet seen a hedgehog, do try! They’re soooooo cute. The fella we found tonight had apparently climbed into the chicken yard. It’s a chicken-wired fence!! I wadded up the ends of my sleeves so I could pick him up after he rolled into a tight, fat ball (their spines are sharp!). He had rolled himself up so tightly that all I could see was his cute black nose.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera; and this after I vowed to myself to go everywhere with the camera. If we keep a good eye out over the next week, though, hopefully we’ll be able to get a shot of him trying to get to the chicken food leftovers.

Since today was so boring apart from the hedgehog find, I’m sharing old photos from previous ventures.



We found Sea Beet on one of our coastal walks with Irene~


Harvest time! (It was late in the season so when we cooked it… it was rubbish)


Fossil!! Found last week


Loran on the pier at Slade yesterday


The pier was built to help people escape famine and make their way to America~



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Loran and I worked our butts off this morning on that same nasty patch of overgrown weeds & other bits, but no photographs today. Instead I’m sharing a little of our walk this evening. We took a nice, leisurely stroll from the tiny town of Slade, out to the Hook head where the old lighthouse sits. Halfway through I tried to make friends with a cute little bull…but was rejected.

This little bull definitely wants to be pals…


Come back!!




And our breathtaking destination:


The Hook Lighthouse in the distance




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