Spent the day learning more about basketry in another great workshop organized by Tom Browne at Corrigeenroe near Boyle, here in County Roscommon.
I am tired, but looking forward to day 2 of the willow weaving and basketry, tomorrow.
This is a fabulous, fabulous hen basket woven by Tom, to transport hens in…isn’t this just the best looking and most practical basket you ever did see? It has a gorgeous little door on the front and will hold several hens in pure comfort.
Something worth mentioning is the fact that the hen basket is a completely unique design…Tom’s own craft-work! Admired for sure and perhaps copied as well!
The beginnings of another basket..
Tea…hot, comforting tea…and a chance to put my feet up and contemplate my endeavours…I shall dream of willow and baskets and patterns and possibilities…
I adore Robert Frost and his poetry…this is one of my favourites…I was reciting this in my head as I drove home from Corrigeenroe tonight…
It is, perhaps, one of the most philosophical poems I have ever read and loved!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
― Robert Frost
I do love a bit of Robert Frost as well my favorite being Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening….”The woods are lovely, dark and deep…….” Your cottage looks so cozy! What variety of willow do you grow? I adore all of the willow arches on your land. I think my yard needs willow arches.
Nice basket, but where would hens be travelling to – Henley perhaps on a day out to the regatta! I find hens fascinating to look at…. strange and exotic with their jerky movements and incessant staccato pecking at the ground! Liked the poem too. Nice blog – you have a way of making information about your working life and surroundings interesting to read.
I adore hens and am slowly getting around to fixing the floor of my hen-house to re-home some more!
I love your home – it looks very simple, but cosy and functional – also very homely!
Living simply is living lightly upon the Earth. It’s also a life of abundance as self-sufficiency rolls forward!
It’s a great poem, for sure. Love the hen basket, and am sure hens would also.