If the title of this post conjures up visions
of whittling bars of green and white stripy soap,
cast those clean as a whistle notions aside…
spring in the Irish countryside is
beautiful, raw, and green
filled with birdsong and new life…
but frankly, it mostly smells like manure;
also known as “that sweet country smell”
by Ailbhe Phelan, a fabulous Irish illustrator living in London.
What do you think?
The lucky recipient of Ashley English’s Handmade Gatherings is Lori Matthews.
I will be back with more recipes and stories very soon.
Life is aflurry with trying my very best to complete a
truly special manuscript & fine-tuning recipes
for my upcoming book…
while feeding calves & milking cows
being a mother and wife (the easy part)
In the meantime,
head over to Spenser Magazine
for a beautiful Irish spring lamb story…
read all about my bucolic Zwartbles adventure
nestled alongside some outstanding food stories
on ancient grains in Arizona, Blue Heron Goat Farm
and some amazing salt-roasted spot prawns.
I will leave you to linger with a few more outtakes from the shoot
Photos and Styling by Imen McDonnell 2014
No Zwartbles lambs were eaten for this post
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