After spending thirty-six years in the working world, I am learning to "live outside the lines," become less regimented, and explore creative projects. This blog records my experiences with long-form writing, art, including stained glass and painting, and travel. I'm not a natural at making loud noises in today's "selfie" world, so making this public is a stretch. That's probably a good thing.
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We loved our whirlwind trip. Planes, trains, rental cars, and endless walking. Delicious food, Roman ruins, gorgeous countryside, incredible architecture, and art. Oh, and some of the most incredible stained glass I've ever seen...
I took a class at D&L last month and learned how to make leaded stained glass. In other words, use lead came to assemble the pieces instead of copper foil. The lead came method is a thousand years old and is used by artisans worldwide. But, as one might expect, working with lead does present some health hazards, so it is a bit more persnickety than the copper foil method, which is what I learned several years ago. (Most new beginners in stained glass learn the copper foil method.)
The only thing I don't like about the lead came method is stretching the lead itself...I still don't have the hang of it. But I did love using the lead to piece everything together. For some reason, the process was more meditative than copper foil. Then, the mudding process (the "glue" that holds the piece together) is messy, but it works.
For some reason, the whole process feels more organic. Also, you don't have to solder as much, which makes me happy. I'm not usually a perfec…
Westward again, to Clifden, the main village in Connemara.
We had a gray drive to our destination, but the skies began to clear and brighten
so that our sunset view at dinner was spectacular!
We chose the Ardagh Hotel, 2 km out of town, mostly because it
sounded lovely with a good restaurant. Absolutely correct on both counts... The dinner menu is very interesting: an emphasis of local
ingredients prepared using both French and Asian techniques. The first night I
had a wonderful dish of local scallops in an Asian preparation with absolutely
fresh and delicious local vegetables. We started with local oysters as well.
Big ones, which we usually don't like but they were briny, not mushy.
Planning for our Ireland trip has been more challenging than I thought it would be. I really knew nothing about the country, or next to nothing. But lots of maps and weeks of reading Tripadvisor have helped me become more comfortable with our itinerary and the realities of what we could accomplish in two weeks.
We've started the countdown to our departure date now!