Tuesday, 12 December 2017


As some of you know I have started going for an early morning walk and each day I try and walk a different route but one of my favourite places is just 2 minutes from my home and that is Ward Park.  So I love to see the birds wakening up and looking for food.  There are mainly Mallard, Greylag Geese and of course the resident Heron.  I am linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Old Library Trinity College Dublin

Today I am showing you the main chamber of the Old Library in the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin; at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books and is one of the most impressive libraries in the world and is. 
I am linking it to Through My Lens.

When built (between 1712 and 1732) it had a flat plaster ceiling and shelving for books was on the lower level only, with an open gallery. By the 1850s these shelves had become completely full; largely as since 1801 the Library had been given the right to claim a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow construction of the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery bookcases.

Marble busts line the Long Room, a collection that began in 1743 when 14 busts were commissioned from sculptor Peter Scheemakers. The busts are of the great philosophers and writers of the western world and also of men (and yes, they are all men) connected with Trinity College Dublin - famous and not so famous. The finest bust in the collection is of the writer Jonathan Swift by Louis Francois Roubiliac.

Other treasures in the Long Room include one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic which was read outside the General Post Office on 24 April 1916 by Patrick Pearse at the start of the Easter Rising. The harp is the oldest of its kind in Ireland and probably dates from the 15th century. It is made of oak and willow with 29 brass strings. It is the model for the emblem of Ireland.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017


We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,
firm and secure.

Hebrews 6:19

Photographed at Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor
November 2017
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Saturday, 9 December 2017


On one of my early morning walk i came across these Guinea Fowl which has walked up from the Ward Park, Bangor.
I wonder what they thought of the neighbourhood?

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Friday, 8 December 2017


we have the letter W, Dense and Texture. 
The image below shows a beautiful REFLECTION of this narrow boat with lots of WINDOWS, moored on the WATER by this WALKWAY.

In the next few images you can see the view photographed using a WINDOW between two WALLS  (above) and you can also see the different TEXTURE not only in the WALL but between the rough stonework and the scene beyond.

The Old Crom Castle 

Look above at the delicate texture of the flowers and grasses which are sandwiched between the rough stone TEXTURE of the WALL behind and  the uneven WALL in front of them.

Finally I leave you with the DENSE meadow of Buttercups and
the DENSE trees in the forest.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017


Photographed early one morning when the sun was coming up over Ballyholme Bay in Bangor.  
I am linking to GOOD FENCES.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Black and White Photographs - Malawi

These are some Black and White photgraphs I took at an orphanage in Malawi.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Recently I had my bird group out and we were pleased that the first birds we saw were these returning Whooper Swans, and although they  were quite a distance away, we saw 25 of them as well as five young ones.

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Monday, 4 December 2017


When I was out with my bird group in Castle Park, Bangor in November, I photographed the last of the autumn leaves and the end image is of fungus.
 I am linking to THROUGH MY LENS

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Sunday, 3 December 2017


He causes me to lie down in pastures of green grass; he guides me beside quiet waters. 

Photographed at Kiltonga Nature Reserve, 
Newtownards, Co Down
Northern Ireland

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Have a Blessed Sunday.

Saturday, 2 December 2017


Early every morning I try and go for a walk and these are some of the animals I came across on one of these walks.  I am linking to SATURDAY’S CRITTERS.

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Friday, 1 December 2017


This week on FRIDAY’S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS the prompts are the letter V, Wood and Festive. Below is Judith's VEGETABLE man and every week he comes and lays out what vegetables he has to offer and often when we are going through villages we are also offered various VEGETABLES to buy and you can see I managed to get a REFLECTION shot in the third image below.

V is also for VERANDA which you can see here and most of this building is made of WOOD.  The tree is of course also WOOD.

To finish with, we have a FESTIVE scene with a fireplace in my drawing room decorated with a Christmas garland and beside it is my FESTIVE Christmas tree.

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