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


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.

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


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


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.  
I am linking with SATURDAY CRITTERS.

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Friday, 21 April 2017


Time for FRIDAY’S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS .  This week the letter is P, Favourite and foot/feet.   I have mentioned this week that Sunday was PET Nose Day at Mount Stewart and I used to have a Basset Hound.  These Bassets are taken into homes and hospitals so the patients can PET them.  There were a couple of other people owned them and if you have ever read Fred Basset in the Daily Mail you will understand how Bassets behave and think!!  Stubborn!!!

Now in the same week,2 of my best friends wrote a sketch with me and in it Sue was Winston the Basset, Linda was The Human and I was Hildegarde who had come to stay with Winston but he was not happy with having a pretty bitch stealing his thunder and into the bargain she was in love with Roberto who we saw in the park.  We ad -libbed it throughout.  Sue had made masks and it turned out to be hilarious by the sound of the audiencce’s laughter.  None of us minded making a foul of ourselves as we had marvellous fun doing it.  These are just 2 PICTURES from the PERFORMANCE! Sorry I forgot to put my ears down for the PHOTOGRAPH!!  Well I am a Basset after all!!  Winston was showing off!!!

I do not usually include a photograph as a FAVOURITE but this little guy and his dog stole my heart at the Pet Nose day at Mount Stewart.

Now for the FOOT photograph! 
Can anyone guess who owns that foot (without looking below)  
No cheating now!!!

Just look at the 5" dagger claw!!!

It is Etty, The Cassowary who lived down at Etty Bay, near Innisfail, Queensland.  That dagger spike is capable to De bowelling a  person and killing them with one blow.  My son in law stopped the car to answer his mobile and Etty appeared to want to listen in!!!  So you can also see there is a REFLECTION in the wing mirror although not a brilliant one but it will have to do this week.  

Signed permission was given for any photos with children in them.

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