Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Inspired by Reading March Blog Hop...
"An Irish Country Doctor" by Patrick Taylor. All of the participants agreed that it was an enjoyable and quick read. The book is about a young man named, Dr. Barry Laverty, and his apprenticeship to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in the quaint village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. The inhabitants and the practices of the colorful, country village are vastly different than what he is accustom to in Belfast. The book introduces a cast of quirky characters and depicts several medical procedures.
We always have a good time at the in-person meet-up! In the picture to the left, I'm overlooking Terri's bead tray as she cradles the book. Laurel and Alison both got dressed up! In the center, Laurel wears her inspired creation and a tweed jacket with kilt pin tacked to her lapel. Alison dressed up like a character from the book! She dressed up like Mrs. Fotheringham. The description read, "She was wearing low-heeled, laced brown brogues, thick lisle stockings, and a two-piece jacket and skirt of tweed Heather Mixture. An amethyst formed the head of a silver thistle brooch in her left lapel. Around her neck hung a single strand of pearls."
Speaking of brogues, here's a snapshot of the shoes being worn to the meet-up!
Here's a picture of the treats we had at the book club! Each one with an "Irish-inspired" theme. I was going to make some of the Ulster Recipes found in the back of the book, but a quick survey suggested that my efforts might be for naught as one of the recipes was for a Chicken Liver Pate. Laurel dressed the sherry (a favorite of Dr. Laverty's) in a kilt and brought a little bottle of Irish whiskey since it was a favorite of Dr. O'Reilly!
Alison stopped by the Sweet Shop and picked up several deletable chocolates. Some were filled with English Toffee, Irish Creme, and some were filled with caramels sprinkled with Celtic Sea Salt. She also found a box of potent truffles filled with whiskey!
(And not in theme with the book, but we ordered a pizza too!)
I always look forward to the meet-ups! Everyone lives such hectic lives and the book club is a nice time to unwind, talk about the things we've read and the things we've made and catch up.
And without further ado, here's the reveal for "An Irish Country Doctor":
This multi-strand necklace was made by Laurel. She incorporated vintage pearls, sewn tweed (to symbolize Laverty's pants that are constantly getting dirty), an antique medical pin, a cloud charm to symbolize the weather of Ballybucklebo, and a heart to represent the love story in the book.
This necklace was created by Alison. She included a welly boot and used a color scheme inspired by spring and mallard ducks.
Alison also made this cuff bracelet! The cuff is topped with a piece of felted Irish wool with a piece of suede sewn on top with part of the spine of the book, lined with a map of Ballybucklebo, and embellished with a beaded edging. She said that it was inspired by the character who was in a bar fight and got his head cut, and how they painted a shaved patch with blue mercurochrome.
This focal pendant was created by Terri. It was inspired by O'Reilly's garden. She said she started it on the Bead Cruise and features butterflies and birds attached with cold-connection riveting. It has a lovely floral fringe made with a cascade of Czech glass.
This bracelet was made by me. It's sort of generically Irish, but I was inspired by one of the chapter titles, "Forty Shades of Green". The bracelet features a hand-painted Celtic knot tube, terra aqua jasper rounds in vibrant green, and Japanese seed beads.
But that's not all... check out these great blogs for more pieces inspired by "An Irish Country Doctor" by Patrick Taylor:
The next selection is, "The Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri. This book of short stories is the last book in the first cycle of book selections. For the full list of last year, CLICK HERE. For the full list for next year, CLICK HERE. If you're interested in keeping up with what we're doing, CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook group page. CLICK HERE to view our Pinterest Page with supplemental inspiration. It's fascinating to see what elements from the books we read will resonate with participants and inspire them!