If I have a fad for a particular piece of clothing it has to be that of a waistcoat.
This all started at the age of fourteen when I became the owner of an ex-army sleeveless, leather drivers' jacket with a khaki lining; it became my pride and joy when going on long hikes across Dartmoor as it kept me warm and left my arms unrestricted to do those things that are necessary when camping alone.
Over the years I have had several waistcoats and still have quite a few in my possession.
As a consequence of this fad my eyes are always on the lookout for a new one.
We recently visited a treasure trove of books, cards, clothes and jewellery in Kinvara Co. Galway.
Ostensibly we dropped in to get Mrs H a copy of Jack Roberts' new book 'Island of the Sheela-Na-Gigs' (ISBN 978-908378-40-8) but you can imagine how delighted I was when my eyes fell on a rail of waistcoats! One in particular caught my eye and to be honest I did not know why at the time.
In our wild garden
The wonderfully comfortable waistcoat
The rear view showing its sensible length
The embroidered emblem.
After a day of wearing the waistcoat I suddenly recalled that the design
on the back reminded me of my first mantra when I first started in the practice
of transcendental meditation of over forty-five years ago!
Detail of buttons
Regina Tierney the Faerie Tailor of County Clare who is the designer of my waistcoat.
She also creates clothes and beautiful jewellery.
Please visit her website here - http://celticfusiondesign.com/