Friday evening saw eight members of HGC gathered in county Kerry, arriving at the Kerry Ocean Lodge, our hostelry for the weekend. Our host Eugene welcomed us, we found our rooms and unpacked. Mary, Lora, Heather, Yvonne, Patricia, Fiona, Stella and myself settled in for the weekend of spinning weaving and chatter. We were sorry Olwyn that you were not able to join us.
As the weather was good, three of us decided to walk and find the sea. On the way, we met several dog walkers out for the evening and happened upon a couple of very friendly donkeys, who were keen to spend some time saying hello.
Mary dipped feet in the water, and we admired the sunset on the quiet local beach.
Later that evening, after checking out the local takeaway, we opted for supper at the Towers hotel where they obligingly found us a table in the dining room.
After breakfast on Saturday morning, we drove down to beautiful Rosbeigh Beach for a bit of sea air, and Mary needed her paddle. It was a grey morning but the rain held off.
The weather deteriorated in the afternoon and we all settled down to our tapestry weaving, having reorganised two tables in the dining room where the light was best. Our host Eugene seemed a bit bemused by this gang of women and all their stuff. He was quite accommodating of us and our wheels, bags of yarn and books, and checked in with us from time to time to see how his order for socks was progressing.
It was a lovely indulgent afternoon with no interruptions as we worked away and the rain lashed down outside. Afterwards, we enjoyed a sociable evening over dinner in the Glenbeigh hotel.
On Sunday morning we had our gift swap, and around midday, we said our goodbyes and headed home. It was a fun weekend away – time spent with friends in a beautiful place, and an opportunity to indulge our textile passions.
(Written by HGC member Maureen Lane)