The Mill in Winter

Last Thursday Sally and I folded cranes, made quiche and then went to trim a clematis at Sally’s mill.

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Winter has drowned the ladies’ play pool in a noisy, masculine torrent.

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And the path where we were mobbed by butterflies in the late summer is now more subdued. butterflypath

Sally’s leaping salmon was the only wildlife I could see braving the cold that day.   SallysSalmonThe mill no longer functions as such.  It is now a part-time home, a gallery, a gathering place for friends, a venue for yoga, tai chi and other such classes, and, above all, it is a space for creating art.roundremants1 roundremnants2 torrentBy the way, the quiche was delicious.

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Posted on January 15, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. LOVED IT– LOVED IT—- THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Reblogged this on sondasmcschatter and commented:
    GARY & I LOVE TO GO VISIT OLD MILLS & BIG SPRINGS IN THE OZARKS HILLS— THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY SARAH’S PICTURES!!! THANKS SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. These are really lovely pictures. So great to see other parts of the world. Thanks for posting.

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  4. I loved the contrast of your words and pictures. Soon I’m sure the butterflies will be back — but I loved these images. The US seems to take such “pride” in tearing down all the beautiful old buildings and putting up rows and rows of identical homes. It sounds like they carry on beautiful things on the inside as well as the outside of the old mill.

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    • In this part of Ireland it seems to be the trees that get torn down. The old buildings just get left to rot. It’s only “blown-ins” like me and Sally who are foolish enough to take on the old buildings. The locals build themselves new, warm, dry buildings. I can’t say I blame them for that but I can’t understand the tree thing. There are very few old trees here like there are in the UK. I miss them. But the mill is wonderful, and Sally has a wildlife pond up there too – you should have seen the dragonflies. Beautiful. 😀

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  5. @”By the way, the quiche was delicious.” – I do believe you… 🙂 more here and bon appétit! 🙂
    http://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/44-classic-french-meals-you-need-to-try-before-you-die/

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  6. It’s kind of neat that there is still some green there this time of year — what a beautiful place! The buildings are very picturesque as well — what an enjoyable time you must have when you visit Sally’s place!

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    • Ireland without green grass just wouldn’t feel right! We’re getting subzero (Celsius) temperatures at the moment but Irish grass doesn’t care about that. It just grows a bit more slowly!
      I love the mill and feel very privileged to be able to spend time there. The buildings are hard to heat though, as you can imagine. Sally moved here from Arizona – it was a bit of a contrast for her. 🙂

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  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Mmmh, I love quiche – that delicate pastry, that filling. Oh yum.

    Wonderful photos, too 🙂

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    • Yes, I don’t eat it often enough. I usually buy readymade ones in the supermarket but now I want to have a go at Sally’s recipe.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  8. I watched a show American Pickers the other day and thought of this post. They were buying a millstone like in your pictures. The guy said the smaller ones sell for about $3500. I think their cool no matter the price.

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  9. Your photos are beautiful thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  10. Thanks Sarah for your supportive following!

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