We had to weigh not only our backpacks (we only took an overnight bag) but ourselves. Then we were assigned a specific seat on the plane to balance the load.
Before we got on the plane, we watched the safety video on the TV in the little airport terminal building.
It was quite cozy in the plane.
It was a surprisingly smooth flight in spite of the steady wind. We had a great view as we approached the island (population 250). See our little landing strip?
We could see many stone fences enclosing small tracts of land.
Once on the ground, we were met by our 'wanderly wagon'. Basically it was a wooden hut with plexiglass windows all around pulled by a little Czech tractor, a Zetor.
Here's a look in the door.
The Plassy, that washed up on shore in the 1960s.
We then toured the graveyard and the 10th century Church of Saint Caomhan, the patron saint of Inisheer. It was almost covered by sand but now the islanders keep it clear and celebrate the the feast day of their patron saint every June 14.
When people wanted some arable land on the limestone island, they had to break up the stone and pile it up. To get soil, they'd drag sand and seaweed up from the beach.
We were then dropped off at our clean, comfortable bed and breakfast.
Our room was very comfortable with a double bed and a twin bed.
We intended to each take a bed but when we learned that the double bed had an electric blanket on it, we decided to tough it out and cram ourselves into it.
The temperature was actually quite balmy on the island but the wind was so strong we were glad we had worn long underwear (tops and bottoms). The people on our tour from the southern US were frozen most of their time on the island.
After dinner at the community centre and a good night's sleep and Irish breakfast at the B & B, we headed back to the community centre for our traditional Aran knitting session with Una McDonagh.
Our task was to cast on 68 stitches and begin knitting this coffee press cover which incorporated the 'snail's trail', 'honeycomb stitch', 'diamond with double moss stitch and bobble'.
Our knitting area became a dining area with Una and her husband doing most of the food preparation for us.
Even the non-knitters on our tour got in on making the St. Brigid's cross out of reed after lunch. Mairead Sharry, a local fibre artist, was our instructor for this 'make and take' workshop.
St. Brigid's cross has the four points, reminiscent of the four directions her cloak stretched.
Skip was pretty proud of the one he made.
The sun came out at one point so I got a couple of shots of buildings on the island.
I'm so glad we had the opportunity to explore the delightful island of Inis Oirr (Inisheer).