Powerscourt Gardens

Following the arrival of a custom doghouse, Scruffy’s humans abandoned the pups and struck out on their own for the Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

The 47 acre Powerscourt Gardens were recently voted #3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic and they are truly magnificent. Unfortunately, with the sun as bright as it was, the iphone photos just don’t do it justice. Plus, we only scratched the surface and didn’t get to the waterfall. So, we’ll be back!

The Gardens offer a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.

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The Italian Garden

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The Japanese Garden

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Meandering paths

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Tower Valley

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This is not a true turret. The stones were originally part of a church located on the grounds of the Powerscourt estate. While at his dining room table mulling over what to do with the stones, Lord Powerscourt decided to create a tower modeled after his pepper pot (that’s pepper shaker, for you yanks).

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A breathtaking view from the top of the pepper pot

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Greg air-arching. He shot an arrow into the air, it fell to the earth, he knew not where. (Longfellow)

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Viscount’s walk and American Garden, featuring American conifers planted from seed, some of which are remarkable for their rarity and size in Ireland.

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The Rhododendron Walk

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Approaching the estate house

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The reddish tree that looks like Cousin It on HGH is a purpurea pendula planted by Mrs. John F. Kennedy 2nd July 1967.

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Now on to the many lovely gift shops

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the canines sulk and ignore their new dog house.

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Trim Castle River Walk

Scruffy and family set off to enjoy a leisurely walk by the Boyne river in Trim, Ireland.

The Battle of the Boyne was fought on the banks of this river in 1690 with the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.

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The town of Trim in County Meath is the site of the largest Norman Castle in Ireland.  Dogs were not allowed inside the castle grounds.

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All that remains of the bell tower of the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary’s that once stood opposite the castle is what the locals now call The Yellow Steeple. It’s said to be the tallest medieval building still standing in Ireland.

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The Boyne river can be so treacherous that ring buoys are stationed every several hundred yards or so. Needless to say, we kept a tight hold on Chloe, the Labrador (absolutely not a concern for Scruffy, who despises water).

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Further down the riverbank lie the ruins of The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at Newtown.

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Having explored the ruins of the cathedral, we continued down the path to another area of open field.

And of course, that’s when the heavens decided to open up upon us. The wind furiously pelted our faces with hail as we abandoned the path and raced across the fields seeking shelter. Poor Scruffy (who detests water) kept pausing to rub his face in the wet grass – get it off, get it off, get it off! Even Chloe (the water dog) was sympathetic to Scruffy’s plight and was a bit put out herself.

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Concluding the adventure, we locked the pups in the warm car to dry off and enjoyed some hot soup at a local restaurant.

Clearance Rack

Next time you’re in the shop, take a stroll by our clearance rack.  To keep our shop fresh and make room for new inventory. we move older items to the clearance rack.  Several times a week some items are moved to clearance, never to be seen again once purchased.  Unlike the rest of our inventory, these items are never restocked.  Clearance items are progressively reduced in price until they disappear.  Once fabric on the bolt reaches $6.25, we generate some clearance pre-cuts (fat quarters, half-yards and yards).

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You can browse online anytime by clicking here.

Some fabrics on clearance:

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Some patterns on clearance:

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Some notions on clearance:

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Some books and calendars on clearance:

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Bray Head Hike

Yesterday Scruffy and family set off to explore Bray Head, which is a 740 foot hill in the Wicklow mountains.  Here’s the town as we approached:

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On the beach, where it is illegal to remove even a single rock:

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At the start of the walk:

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A brief frolic in the grassy picnic area:

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Trudging uphill – It’s said that it takes about a half hour for a fit person to climb to the top.  However, with Mommy carrying the geriatric dog through the more rugged spots, it can take a little longer…

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Lovely vistas all the way:

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Finally arrived at the summit.  According to Wikipedia, every Good Friday hundreds of local people climb to the top of the head in a Good Friday procession.

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Chloe was a little tired from pulling Greg up the whole way.

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It was a little windy up there.

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Lovely flowers on the way back to the car:

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Enjoyed some traditional fish and chips in the warmth of the car (but note the T-shirts worn by locals) while admiring the view of the cross from down below:

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Theresa’s Glacier Star

Theresa finished her Glacier Star Queen from Gretchen Veteran’s class – Wow!!!

And she selected her fabrics to coordinate with her freshly painted bedroom.

Beautiful quilt!

Theresa's Finished Glacier Star

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