Avoca Hand Weavers Mill

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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River Valley Caravan Park

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

We were in the clouds this morning, not because we were excited and not aware of anything but actually in the clouds or fog . Could not see any mountains at all and it was drizzly as well. We were actually glad to be moving on from here, nice country but the weather is shit and makes you feel as though you are hunched up all the time. Late departure because we had to wait for the fog to clear a bit. It was only a 3 hour drive to here so no rush. As soon as we were out of the mountain region the sky turned blue and the sun was shining. Our smiles had returned.
Arrived here just on lunch time, booked in, had some lunch and went to visit the village of Avoca. It is only 6 km from here. The village of Avoca was the location for the TV series, Ballykissangel. We did not watch the show so nothing was familiar but it is a nice village just the same. Also in Avoca is the old Handweavers Mill, still in operation today and a fantastic place to visit. It is only a small family business but is doing very nicely thank you. It has been operation for over 250 years and the buildings have not changed very much. They display a special section for the hand looms with a weaver operating the loom. So good to see and also to know that it is not just for show but very much in demand world wide. They have about 3 or 4 hand looms, they look very complicated to use and  is facinating to watch them use it. Also the end product is so special and does look a lot different to the machine ones. They do have 3 mechanical weaving machines , noisy and very fast but not as interesting to watch. We did ask the weaver to show us how it all works and he was kind enough to stop and explain it all. Thanks mate, we appreciated it very much.
The park we are staying at is very nice, it has two sections, one section for families with kids and one section ( which they call the secret garden ) for adults only. Bet you cannot guess which section we are parked in. All I can tell you is, that so far no children have entered the secret garden to talk to us. Very nice .
Tomorrow we will drive to the railway station not too far from here and catch the train to Dublin. We will probably do a hop on , hop off tour, it takes you to the Guinness Brewery , entry there does include a pint of stout, so the bus will be the better option as Rick will have to drink mine as well.
Lovely day today and looking forward to tomorrow. Join us in Dublin.

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