Last summer I had the most wonderful experience--I got to go on a European cruise with my father. It was one of those one-day-in-a-country type trips but turned out to be two absolutely glorious weeks--and something I think about literally every day. We started out in Amsterdam then went to Scotland, Ireland, Guernsey, France, Portugal, Madeira, Spain and back to Portugal. Each place was very different and each place was incredibly beautiful.
And yes, I'd love to go back--and while cruise ships are terrific, I'd really love to be able to spend more time on land--especially in Scotland and Ireland--there's something particularly special about visiting places connected to my ancestry.
ANYWAY...when we were in Ireland, in the Dublin area, we took a tour through Powerscourt Gardens. Photos simply do not do the place justice. It was breathtaking. Even with the overcast skies. The photo of the pink rose is what I have as my computer wallpaper. Yes, it's just a rose, but it's a rose I saw in IRELAND.
So naturally I've got to make an Irish Rose quilt. The Valentine's quilt has been set aside and I'm now knee deep in tiny pink rosebuds.