Saturday, January 12, 2013

Getting back to routine.

I'm back and it has been far too long.
Any of you out there still, I feel really awful that I haven't read any blogs for a long long time and it seems that flicking through a few today I have missed out on many new starts.

Over the silly season I had some family over visiting from Australia.  I really just wanted to focus on them as it may be a long time till some of the brothers or sisters will come a visit again and I wanted to spend all my time with them. 
That also included packing up my sewing machine and cleaning all the threads off the carpet for my mum to sleep in the spare room.  Sewing Machine was reinstated on Monday.

Although I had on hand my lovely Japanese charm pack and my two packs of Low Volume packed when we went off around Ireland after Christmas, they didn't come out of the bag for the whole trip.
That didn't mean that I wasn't thinking at two in the morning about what my wish list would look like for the coming year and my list of finishes that need to be put to bed!

One of our days we headed off to Newgrange in Co Meath.  It is one of my favourite places to show when I have visitors over here as it fascinates me.  It's an old Neolithic site (that is older than the Pyramids in Egypt) and on the day of the winter solstice the sun shines the tomb inside lights up at dawn by the rays of the sun.  I haven't been for about two years and although I know what is coming in the guided tour, this time I got something else out of it!


I'm sure the artists were not thinking of me 5000 odd years ago when they were carving out these stones, but I certainly was when I was walking around the site.

Stone carving at Newgrange Co Meath Ireland

Stone carving Newgrange Co Meath Ireland

Front entrance stone.

I was loving all the shapes.

And come on....I just couldn't resist taking a photo of these two new little lambs with ma.

Which brings me to one of my new adventures for the year....knitting. 

I had remembered some of my knitting skills but needed the reassurance of my mum to remind me how to do the essentials.. casting on and off.
Only a few rows done and I wouldn't say it is the most exciting photos to show yet so I will leave it for a few more weeks and see how the progress is.

Oh my hubby bought me a new ultra book for Christmas so I am very happy as the frustration was taking it's toll on me on the last laptop.
I do know I have a lot of bee's to look up and start so I better get off the blog and start looking at what needs to be done.


  1. glad to see you back and will look forward to seeing some FMQ in the style of old Ireland :)))

  2. Looks absolutely lovely! So glad you had such a great time. The lambs just make my heart flutter :)

  3. Glad you had quality family time. Love those ancient rock carvings.

  4. Some great potential quilt patterns there, look forward to seeing you use them.

  5. Love those rock carvings, they'd make a great design for a whole cloth quilt!

  6. Hello!!!
    Family time is sometimes better then anything, even sewing xxx

  7. Good to have you back Erin! Definitely FMQ patterns!

  8. I have never been there but I should do it as soon as possible! One of the things I would love to do in 2013: see more from Ireland!

  9. Family time is awesome and love those patterns :)

  10. Welcome back. Isn't it funny how our hobbies influence the way we see the world and the objects in it?

  11. Welcome back. Family time is precious but I like how the FMQ designs crept in. Did x

  12. Newbridge is great, haven't been in a long long time. I'm sure the carvers had FMQ in mind when they were busy chipping away. Happy 2012

  13. Have you read Matthew Reillys novels Erin? He's an Australian author. Your description of the ancient caves lighting up on the winter solstice when the sun shines overhead is very like the plots in his books! Great adventure stories, like a cross between Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code.

  14. Welcome back Erin, we missed you! Glad you all had a great time. Meet soon. Fi

  15. Happy New Year, Erin! Love your photos. I've always wanted to go to Newgrange, especially at the winter solstice. Those carvings are wonderful :)


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