Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Harris Tweed is hand-woven in the Scottish Isles of Lewis and Harris, Barra and Uist. During 1846-7 Highland potato famine, Countess of Dunmore played a big role in promoting and developing Harris Tweed as a sustainable local industry.
Tweed has traveled a long way. Tweed started as “tweel” Scots for twill. Story goes that round1830 a London Merchant misread tweel for tweed, and 182 years later it is still Tweed popular than ever.
|Ballalan village, isle of Lewis|
|Sheep shearing by hand|
|Loading dye vat by hand|
|A loom circa 1960|
|Dr. Who in tweed|
Credits: The Harris tweed authority, google etc.
Monday, November 12, 2012
These last few months have been crazy; we have gone through tornado outbreaks, hail storms, earthquakes, health scares what not, but all hell broke when I lost my father. Some friends who had lost their fathers, said life is never the same after that. They were absolutely right. Time is a great healer, but do you ever get over this loss?
I am glad he lived a very active and full life of 85 years, and was happily married for 55 years to my mother. Hope we all live good happy and purposeful lives like he did.