Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Gate Lodge

Continuing with my series on gate lodges, this is one of my favourites as it is so quaint and remains virtually untouched since the day it was built.

The blue paint on the window sills might however be more recent! However aren't those lattice windows just beautiful?

It seems to be lived in but what puzzles me most is how the electricity company was allowed to install a pole right in front of the cottage? Why?

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Paddy the Duck

As it's St Patrick's Day, let me introduce you to Paddy the duck with his great green head, perfect for today!

Whilst down at the lake, the swans were stretching...

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Happy Saturday!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Guess who?

Clue: Tomorrow is March 17th and this was in DownPATRICK, County Down Northern Ireland.

It's huge and situated in front of the St Patrick's Exhibition Centre, in readiness for the Annual St Patrick's Day parade.  To see more of the Centre and cathedral in his honour, click HERE for last year's post.

These are some photos taken earlier in the week before all the rain...

Ardglass is a fishing village not far from Downpatrick.

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The tide was out...

...and these fishing boats had seen better days...

These were waiting on mended nets.

Thanks for coming by!

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Monument Hill

The Downshire Monument can be seen when travelling from Hillsborough to Dromara village.  A testimonial to the third Marquis, this tall and imposing fluted Doric column of dressed stone has a square base on a podium of three tall, raked steps.  The Downshire Coat of Arms is inset in its base.  The third Marquis died whilst visiting his estate in Blessington, County Wicklow.  His funeral procession was said to have been the longest seen in Ireland. (Source: Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).

It was erected in 1848 and stands at 130ft tall.

Photos taken back in February.

The view northeast over the Lagan Valley towards Belfast.
Thankful to be able to enjoy beautiful days and countryside like this!

 Thankful to have you visit and comment!

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Ghost Gate Lodge

sad to say, in contrast with yesterday's sweet little cottage, this gate lodge outside of Lisburn, has slowly been left to fall apart.

Gate lodges are architecturally important and were built before the days of intercoms and WiFi etc, so a gate keeper was employed to secure entry to important estates and manors.

The last remaining lattice window pane in the mullioned window.  Wouldn't it have been a very pretty lodge?

It does have a new sign though!

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Signs, Signs HERE

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Corner Cottage

A beautifully restored cottage on the outskirts of Belfast, is neatly kept and one of my favourites.

It is owned by an architect who has added a large open plan living space to the rear of the cottage which I couldn't photograph from the road but what is quirky about this old part are the three doors, one at either end and a central door - perhaps it was originally split up into separate homes.

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