Buy Irish . . . especially this product
I know there is always the possibility that I might bore you to tears with my ramblings.
I realise your times is precious, and I swear, because my time is precious too, that when I sit down to write, I first make a pledge to both of us that I will not be wasting anyone’s time with my WiseWords.
I want you to start your Christmas/holiday shopping now – as in today.
If I can’t convince you to do a bit of shopping for the festive season then perhaps you have been invited to a wedding and you are plagued wondering what to get the bride and groom?
Look.no.further. This is the gift that keeps on giving.
A few months ago, the chef and I paid a visit to the incredibly beautiful farm and home of Suzanna Crampton.
But not just any old sheep – they are Zwartbles.
For months I had been conversing over morning coffee and tweets with Suzannah as we are both naturally early risers. I would take my daily walk while she would tend to her sheep. Her mornings have a breath of calm and meditativeness about them; I felt like I really knew her and asked if we could pop in for a cup of tea next time we were in her neighbourhood. She graciously opened her heart and home to us.
See, it was these big brown eyes and soft brown wooly beasts that hooked me.
It was love at first sight. I wanted to take them all home with me but the Chef said no. Not until we get a bit more land. Then I can have my own.
In the meantime … we just had to make do with a stroll around Suzanna’s beautiful home and farm.
I know this might seem strange, as we are not in the business of selling toilet seats, but the Chef thinks y’all should know this is the most comfortable toilet seat he has ever sat on. Every home should have one.
Back to the tour of the farm …
A gorgeous home where cats sleep on Aga’s and …
Dogs watch your every move just incase you make off with one of their charges ……. as if I would!
A place where trees grow in the perfectly trained way that they should ….
And where feeding time is full of fun and flourish as the ladies natter and chatter with their mouths full.
A place where twists and turns take you down paths that might lead to nowhere new ……
or to a place where you make a new friend . . .
In the past, all the wool from the Zwartbles, a rich chocolate brown un-dyeable wool, was gathered and spun into knitting yarn.
Now, and thanks to the machinery at Cushendale Woolen Mills (one of Ireland’s few remaining woollen mills) the wool is spun into beautiful (heirloom) woollen blankets; made from the finest of Irish wool.
Move over Hudson Bay …
The cooler weather is coming and I know that these blankets will be keeping us warm for years to come.
Now, more than ever, we need to support local businesses. We need to buy Irish.
And we especially need to support this wonderful fabulous enterprising creative sheep-herding woman.
A limited amount of blankets were made this year – don’t dally too long on deciding.
Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,
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I am a native Galway girl that seems to be drawn to professions that rhyme with 'err'. Writer, Mother, Restauranteur, Wedding Planner, Dishwasher, Grass cutter, Cocktail maker. I suppose you could say I am a well rounded entrepreneur.
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