The Boy, the Lamb and the Magic Scarf

I can’t believe that summer has escaped us yet again and the scramble for school crests and sizing uniforms is upon us! Reminiscing now on the highlights of my summer on the farm and my creating world….

There lives a little boy in House of Kerry who has a pet lamb. Throughout the summer the little boy fed his pet lamb milk and the lamb grew quite big! The lamb followed him everywhere.

The little boy worried about his lamb being alone especially when he returned to school. The little boy had a plan. The boy’s mam created beautiful scarves inspired by the Irish landscape and our heritage – one of them was a special scarf called “the Magic of the Skellig Ring”. It was made of silk and contained a watercolour painting of traditional striped fields hemmed in by hand built stone walls against the backdrop of the Atlantic coast and Blasket Islands. It shimmered in the light. The little boy knew the Skellig Ring well as he had often visited there with his parents and young sister.

The little boy heard that far away in Dublin, in the RDS, the magic scarf had been chosen for display and put in a glass case to protect its special qualities and so everyone from near and far away lands could see it. One day, the little boy took the magic scarf with all the colours of his landscape and whispered in the lamb’s ear “wear the Magic of the Skellig Ring” scarf, it has special powers and it will keep you safe always and when I am not there….” The lamb was delighted and the scarf blended back in with the colours and patterns of the landscape.

All photography by Christine O’Donoghue de Vries
(save for one excerpt from scarf as appears in the RDS Craft Awards catalogue by Roland Paschhof courtesy of the RDS, Dublin)

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