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Back at the ranch!

Back at the ranch!

I got a wonderful greeting from Rex when I arrived back at Clasheen yesterday evening and he was just thrilled today when I let him out of his shed this morning and headed off for a walk before breakfast!  Amazingly enough, although the weather was very cloudy and damp here in Ireland when we landed yesterday afternoon and again today the temperature is actually approx 20 C so it hasn’t been too much of a contrast acclimatizing after the wonderful week we have had in La Gomera. 

Today I am trying to unpack, download some of my photos (over 500 of them!), get some washing done, catch up with emails (not going to get this one finally sorted ’till tomorrow so don’t panic if you are waiting for a reply), collect post from the post office, shop for basic food supplies, call over to Carmen (she is cooking lunch and we will be felting for the afternoon), start to assemble supplies that I need to take to America with me (trying to sort out the most interesting, unusual and relevant materials that I like to work with and share with others!), organise things for a workshop tomorrow morning and generally catch up with all those little things that don’t seem much by themselves but add up to a LOT of work to get done by nightfall!

Three point turns necessary to negotiate the bends!

As promised here is a photo showing the kind of roads and terrain we were travelling  on and traversing across although I have to confess this was just one road too far, we walked the final mile or so down to the little hermitage.  Three point turns on every corner with an horrendous fall if you went over the edge were just not my idea of fun so we parked where we found a spot and shank’s mare was the way to travel for the last stretch of this road!!!

OH NO, for some reason I have just lost a LOAD of writing and images when I uploaded this post for the first time so apologies for the lack of writing now (I’ve run out of time!) but here are a couple of images showing texture and patterns which I am saving in a special folder to spark inspiration for felting work in the future. 

Colours and textures from an old door in El Cercado

Old roof tiles, again in El Cercado

Nicola Brown
  • Holly
    Posted at 13:32h, 14 September Reply

    Don’t forget to breath Nicola. Looks like an amazing trip. You’ll have needed the rest by the time November rolls around.

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 10:17h, 15 September Reply

    Good morning Nicola,

    Yikes, those turns do look harrowing! Walking would have been my preferred method, too.

    I’ll second Holly’s remark above about the “breathing”. I’m glad that you’re finding a little time, in with your mammoth list of duties, to felt with Carmen. What would we do without our friends? Speaking of which, I’m certainly looking forward to meeting one of mine soon:-) … Can’t wait!!!


  • Birgit
    Posted at 18:01h, 15 September Reply

    Sounds great, Nicola – but what about the wool you take with you??
    By the way – did you ever felt with Corriedale?? Wonderful I tell you! Unbelievable!! Needs a bit of patience and muscles of course (what you surely have after felting the rug) but the outcome is great.



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