Tuesday, 7 June 2011

I'm back...

It's been more than a week since my last blog! I can only wonder where it went!
I got back from Co.Kerry safely, and after the six hour drive was like a zombie!
I know that in North America this is probably considered a short drive, but in Northern Ireland it really is considered an extremely long one!
I had a lovely time with the South West branch of the Irish Patchwork Society, and I was made most welcome! This is the fantastic view I woke up to on Saturday morning - in the distance (just behind the low clouds!) you can see the mountain range of Macgillycuddy's Reeks.
Last weekend we travelled to Belfast to see the 'Titanica' exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Of course we had to have a look at the steam engines first of all, and where we found this plaque for the Clogher Valley Railway Co. (Long since dismantled!)
Fantastic steam engines
From times gone by.. or Harry Potter!
31st May 2011 was the 100th anniversary of the launch of Titanic in Belfast.
Built by the shipyard Harland and Wolff, it was at the top end of luxury cruise ships.
Over 15 000 men worked on the Titanic in Belfast.
The photos of the interior of the ship were amazing, and here is a photo of some of the china used on board. Floral china for the first class passengers and a more basic pattern for 2nd class!
There were also items, which were inspired by the Titanic...
HISTORY LESSON:) Did you know Titanic was built in Belfast, sailed from Southampton on 12th April 1912, stopped at Cherbourg, France and Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland to take on more passengers, before starting her maiden voyage to New York?
Does Titanic have any interest for you?


  1. What a time to see the Titanic exhibition 100yrs after it was first launched from the ship yard - a great exhibition - thanks again for the fabrics, pattern and magazine - these will be treasured until I can think of the best way to maximise each bit

  2. I saw the Titanic exhibit in Chicago IL a number of years back. Those who toured the exhibit were given a "ticket" with the name of a real passenger... after seeing all the incredible artifacts and exhibits, you checked a wall with the names of all the passengers to see if your passenger survived. Mine didn't...

  3. Would love to hear more about your time with IPS - any inspiring ideas? Jxo

  4. I was really glad to find your blog several months ago, because I visited NIreland for the first time back in November. You have a beautiful country. I was in County Armagh most of the time, but was in Belfast one day and saw the Titanic dry dock area. (I like the picture of the china.)