SLOW TRAVEL AT THE GREEN GATE- ARDARA DONEGAL IRELAND

www.thegreengate.eu/

LOCATED IN ARDARA CO DONEGAL IRELAND

a wonderful town filled with weavers carrying on.

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We loved the Green Gate in Donnegal County Ireland. After a transatlantic sail on our 37 foot wooden sailboat, we decided to head inland by car for a quick spell into the Irish country side. Paula, at the Green gate,  knew how to take care of us. She cooked us an Irish breakfast by the peat fireplace and told us tales of the French writer who lived in Morocco but came to Ireland and lived in these small white cottages. 

WE Loved the rustic feel of the Green Gate and Paula who shared her whisky and her insider places to go list.

WE Loved the rustic feel of the Green Gate and Paula who shared her whisky and her insider places to go list.

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natural lime finishes , thatch roofing and green surround make The Green Gate a perfect place of peace

natural lime finishes , thatch roofing and green surround make The Green Gate a perfect place of peace

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Paula’s perfectly made hand made table of treasures

Paula’s perfectly made hand made table of treasures

ST BARTH'S STYLE

DAVID WEGMAN at Le Select St Barths and Academy of the Lost Arts in Maine

Most people on St john, St Barths, and  Key West know David Wegmen. He is hard to miss in his handmade clothing and on his handmade scarp sailing boat and dingies.

David has been designing T- Shirts for Le Select for years. This is his studio above Le Select . Wander up the staircase in the morning and you most likely will find David whittling away at some project. Go HERE to buy originals and prints directly from David.

Over the years I have bought some of Davids Art. He made my first website logo and card when I returned back to the states. Dead on Hudson valley architecture and sailboat drawing. He should know he rowed down the river with his two girls for a summer. 

During the Summer David is in Maine on his island at the Academy of the Lost Arts. Go there for inspiration, art lessons or to enjoy an Air B and B tent experience. You will walk away buzzing with idea's and a doing attitude!


DAVID WEGMAN’S SAILBOAT

DAVID WEGMAN’S SAILBOAT

SLAB SIDES- Burroughs rustic cabin in Westpark NY



SLAB SIDES- BURROUGHS RUSTIC CABIN IN WESTPARK NY

         Here at slabsides Burroughs lived close to the land with nature at his door step. He built his rustic cabin on a rock outcrop that looks out onto a rock wall. Below his porch stood a wetland bog that he drained. The good rich soil provided gilded age New York with celery and Burroughs a return to his farming past. 

         Inside Burroughs built furniture from sumac & birch tree's. Over 100 years old I was surprised at there rigidity. As some one who dabbles in green wood furniture making I am impressed. The rough wood siding and birch bark logs complimented his rock fireplace. The simple candles and lanterns, with camping cookstove, hand made grater and hand loomed textiles are all as he left them. Not only could I live in this simple space but I am sure I would become a better person for it. It is impossible to to be separate from nature here. 


For Rustic Wood stools visit www.worldsendny.com

For Slabsides website visit www.johnburroughsassociation.org

SLAB SIDES IN WEST PARK NY

SLAB SIDES IN WEST PARK NY

Burroughs cabin in the Hudson Valley

Burroughs cabin in the Hudson Valley

John Burroughs desk at slabsides

John Burroughs desk at slabsides

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KHADI COTTON

I have a hard time resisting anything that is hand loomed and indigo dyed. I can never seem to get enough KHADI when I am in India. My obsession of hand loomed textiles brought my sister & I to small country khadi cooperatives in the middle of no where. And when I couldn’t find the slubby old cottons of yesteryear ( hand spun on the chakra wheel) I would venture into peoples home. My sister was tolerant, not because of the khadi but because we meet such great people.

I like the hand spun and hand loomed khadi. It is harder to find these days. Many people use electric spinning wheels to spin the cotton. The hand spun was used as a meditation & a resistance against English colonial rule. Hand Spun cotton is less controlled and it has a wonderful humanness about it. These blanket are patiently hand spun and loomed in India today. The revival of real khadi is back!

INDIGO DYED KHADI COTTON BLANKETS, SHAWLS & WRAPS AT  WORLDSENDNY.COM

INDIGO DYED KHADI COTTON BLANKETS, SHAWLS & WRAPS AT WORLDSENDNY.COM

AUNTI OTI KHADI DISH TOWELS at  WORLDSENDNY.COM

AUNTI OTI KHADI DISH TOWELS at WORLDSENDNY.COM

HAND LOOMED KHADI BEACH WRAPS & SHOWER TOWELS at  WORLDSENDNY.COM

HAND LOOMED KHADI BEACH WRAPS & SHOWER TOWELS at WORLDSENDNY.COM