Friday, 28 April 2017

FRIDAYS' HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

Time to join Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections and the letter today is Q, Favourite and Evening.  When I was down at my old caravan, one day I went and visited the QUAINT QUOILE Countryside Centre and apart from the lovely garden you see below and the many walks, there is also this QUOILE Castle.




When this castle was built just after 1600, the river flowed right up to the castle as the river was a lot wider in those days.  It is of rectangular shape and has 3 floors with the windows high up to withstand any flooding.  It is thought that Captain West and his family and ancestors lived there for over a century but in the 20th Contrary the South wall fell and was not able to be repaired.



The QUOILE River has a hide and so I made my way there and meet another birder who had brought another man with him (below) who was looking after his dog for him.  It turned out that this man was 96 years old and walks miles everyday.


It was QUITE a dull day as you can see but there were Swans, Godwits, Coot, Moorhen, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Tufted, Mallard and Goldeneye ducks as well as Cormorant and the usual gulls.


As the EVENING draws in, the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland are just visible in the distance in the image below and you can see the REFLECTION of the sky colours on the water.


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

GOOD FENCES - St Stephen's Green Park - Dublin

Last week a group of us travelled by train to Dublin to see the Caravaggio Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland and afterwards we had time to walk round St Stephens’ Green Park where we saw the lake with this fence.
  I am linking to GOOD FENCES.



We all found this sculpture entitled “Famine” by Edward Delaney very sad.


On the other side of the lake was a pavilion with a fence.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

St Stephen's Green Park in Dublin

Last week a group of us travelled by train to Dubbin to see the Caravaggio Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland and afterwards lunch,we had time to walk round St Stephens’ Green Park and look at the beautiful displays of flowers before coming home.  The last image is of Linda and I with Oscar Wilde.  Enjoy.










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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

As I walked round the lake at Mount Stewart, near Newtownards, Northern Ireland I saw, Tufted duck, Moorhen, Coot and Swan.  
I am linking this post with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.







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Monday, 24 April 2017

THROUGH MY LENS Mount Stewart's Grand Opening of the Restored Stone Floor in Entrance Hall

The day of the Grand opening of the Restored Stone Floor was upon on 13 April and we were greeted by hearing Amy McAllister playing delightful music on her Irish harp.  This is a long post but a very special day in the life of Mount Stewart House, near Newtownards, N.Ireland and I am linking to Through My Lens.





Mayor of Ards and North Down is Alderman Deborah Girvan, Peter Lauritzen (husband of Lady Rose and granddaughter of Edith) and Dr Bob Brown OBE,
Regional Chairman of National Trust in Northern Ireland (right) who are all standing beside the new display cabinet containing the Coronation roles and crown which Lady Edith, the 7th Marchioness of Londonderry wore at King George V's Coronation.



The kitchen/restaurant staff at Mount Stewart excelled themselves at the reception, before the official opening ceremony, by supplying those invited guests with Champagne and a wonderful variety of canapes.


 Lady Rose and her husband Peter Lauritzen as chief guests.


A few images of the invited guests enjoying the delicious refreshments. 





 Jon Kerr, General Manager of East Down National Trust, Northern Ireland introduced all the guest speakers and I will only mention one here and that is (left) Simon Murray, Senior Director of Strategy, Curatorship and External Affairs, National Trust, UK, who had made a bet with Jon and his team, that they would not finish this project either on time or within budget.  He lost on both counts as it came in under budget and on time so Jon was delighted to receive 2 bottles of champagne on behalf of his team from Simon.


After Lady Rose made a very eloquent speech, she cut the official blue ribbon and stepped into the restored floor of the Entrance Hall accompanied by Jon Kerr.


 I hurried in to try and get photographs before all the guests entered and directly below is the East side where you see the statue of Venus and below that is the West side of the Entrance Hall where Eurydice is standing.







Below, in the centre of the Entrance Hall, the stone is set in a radiating pattern while on the East and West side, it is laid in a design of octagons and squares.


I quickly decided a better plan was to photograph it from the Gallery above where they were holding an exhibiton of art from artists that were asked to show what Mount Stewart meant to them.  Although I am not showing you this now, they were really wonderful and creative works of art.


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I leave you with part of the Gallery which is directly above the main Entrance Halll and where I was photographing from, and you can see some of the art work displayed in the distance.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

SUNDAY THOUGHT

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that grows brighter until the full light of day.

Proverbs 4:18



 Photographed from my old caravan at 
Whiterock, N Ireland.


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Have a Blessed Sunday

Saturday, 22 April 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS

These are some of the dogs (more to following future posts) of the dogs 
I photographed during Pet Nose Day at Mount Stewart.  
I have never seen as many people and dogs at Mount Stewart 
and it was a wonderful day of fun and competitions.  
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