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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Apple Blossom Time again, and a trip away.

My Bonsai Apple Tree is coming into bloom. It reminds me that it is year since I started dye my own thread. See the original post here.

It was the beautiful, delicate colours of the Apple Blossom before the flowers turn white as they open, that inspired my Apple Blossom thread.

That reminds me also that I must dye more...but not just yet...other things to do.

All my bonsai are coming to life, the Japanese maples are just wonderful when the leaves open. Look at this beautiful 'Chisio. I have had this one for 8 years and it gets better every year.

I wish I could show you them all, but I don't even have time to look after them as they should be looked after...too much thread dyeing!! There are 119 blog posts waiting to be read too!!

This weekend I am having a treat and going away with my Lace Guild. We have been invited to visit the Lacemakers in Northern Ireland. This will only be my third time in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow it will take most of the day to go up there on the train to Larne, via Dublin and Belfast. We will work as we go so it won't be tedious to me.

Maybe I will make lots of little butterflies to give away.

On Friday, I think we will make lace with them. We have been given a theme of butterflies that we will all make. Mine will be in Carrickmacross Lace and of course also in tatting. It will take me more than a weekend to finish the Carrickmacross tho.

Must show you my other attempts sometime, and how it is done.

We are to take one item of our lace to show and maybe talk about.

Then on Saturday we will go to a lace museum and to the Giants Causeway..something I have always wanted to see.

Not sure what we will do on Sunday before we return home on Monday. This is the nearest I will get to the likes of Hector and Palmetto and Shuttlebirds. Should be fun.
I have not been away with the Guild before and have borrowed a uniform!! White blouse and green raincoat to go with black trousers and a special Guild bag.

Wish me good weather!

I wonder if I should take Fergal to see more of his country, or would he escape to do his own thing.


  1. I hope you have wonderful weather and a wonderful time! I can see where you get your color inspiration!

  2. Your Bonsai Trees are so cute! How many do you have?

    Have a good time with your Lace Guild. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time!

    I'm betting Fergal would love to go with you too!

  3. ooh, ooh, ooh! This is the one I want to go to when I visit again, right? Have a great time!

  4. Oh the Japanese Maple is to die for! I wish you good weather and a fabulous time!

    P.S. Brendan made an appearance at Shuttlebirds...can you spot him on my blog?

  5. Well fancy seeing your trees in flower, they are beautiful! Look very different to the last time I saw them at your place.

  6. Wow! Your bonsais are absolutely beautiful. I would love to see more pictures when you have a chance!

  7. Bonsai are so graceful. I love them. Yours are beautiful and I don't think I've ever seen a bonsai apple tree before.

    The Lace Guild trip sounds like a real treat! I had to go to Wikipedia to find out what the Giants Causeway. The legend is fantastic! Have a great time and post many pics when you get home.

  8. Love your little apple blossom tree. Your apple blossom thread is one of my favorites! :)


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