Rebecca is passionate about what she does. She is a lady who loves her work and it shows. I met Rebecca last week when I attended the Foxford Riverfest.
She spins her wool from her own Jacob sheep, which she farms here in Co Mayo. What is more she’s spins each fleece individually so you get the unique colours of each sheep. So Blackie the sheep’s wool (as her name suggests) is almost black, but Lizzie’s (who is black and white) wool is a mixture. You can see the finished product of each sheep here on Rebecca’s website.
As well as her beautiful natural wool, Rebecca sources wool from local farmers (mostly Suffolk or Texel sheep) which she hand dyes using a range of natural Moroccan dyes. This wool comes in a range of beautiful pastel, earthy tones. She also finds time to knit some of her own hats, booties, scarves and more.
You can check out Rebecca’s website here where there is also a link to her Esty shop where she sells the wool and her own knitted goods.
For the past few years the Country Life Museum in Turlough here in Co Mayo has celebrated a family weekend festival called Feile Na Tuaithe (celebration of country life). The Feile endeavors to celebrate all things good about country life, its craft and traditions. We seem to have missed some of the crafts this year but we did watch a blacksmith hard at work.
blacksmith at work
blacksmith at work
The birds of prey from the Mount Falcon Estate Falconry team are always impressive and this time around the beautiful Eagle Owl was particularly striking and very happy to pose for photographs.
very impressive feet
The farming section is always popular with the children and we met a blind horse from the North Mayo Horse Sanctuary as well as some lovely donkeys from the Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation, some pigs (most were sleeping but the little fellow in the photo was busy looking for grubs), sheep and also some chickens and rabbits.
There is always some live entertainment at the Feile and as a family we really loved the Whistle Blast Quartet, who have a wonderful way of engaging children with classical music. The art trail too happens each year. Some of the pieces didn’t do much for me this year but I did like this fishy one!
And of course a country life festival wouldn’t be much of a country festival without tractors – but it was the colourful tractor seats that caught my fancy.