Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saturday Critters



Time to share a few photos I snapped yesterday whilst out for a walk near home to share with Eileen's

Saturday Critters

Down a lane I saw this donkey and little pony who were hoping I had some treats for them.




As soon as the wee pony knew I had no treats, he turned tail and huffed!


The donkey waited expectantly...



But seemed to droop in dismay when I only offered him some grass.  Poor thing!

He had a cozy looking shaggy coat for winter though but I may have to go check on them today as we are having quite a snow blizzard right now!!!



UPDATE!

So I returned today after the 'blizzard" which wasn't! and checked up on my new friends. Except the donkey clearly recognised me and had no faith in me and stayed away, without so much as a curious glance!

But lil pony came over and we had a fun visit and he enjoyed a few sweet treats! The owners had been with fresh hay too!



the snow was thawing quickly by the time I got there.


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Friday, 29 January 2016

Friday Five and Reflections


Happy Friday!  I'm posting the last of the photos I took in Belfast for Weekend Reflections and Willy Nilly Friday.

This is Queen's Bridge which spans the river Lagan as it enters Belfast Lough.

On each of the old original lamp posts there are these fish - with collagen enhanced lips?!!


The view down river and the new apartment blocks


The bridge itself is painted a vivid royal blue - how many thousands of rivets were used to hold it together?


A peep through to the new bridge to cope with all the traffic


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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Good Fences at Sunrise


 Last week we had our first snow - just a dusting which was gone later in the day.  I was on the school run as the sun came up  and obligingly peeked through the trees and fence!


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Monday, 25 January 2016

TITANIC BELFAST



To mark the centenary of the launch of White Star lines famous Titanic in April 1912, the regeneration of Queen's Island, a massive and ambitious building programme, saw the opening of Titanic Belfast.  This is a huge centre with many galleries charting the history of shipbuilding in Belfast and all things Titanic with a reproduction of the famous staircase and clock onboard the ship in the first class deck.


I have to say as an admirer of more classical architecture, that I found the new titanic Belfast buildings to be very dynamic and thrilling.

The angles were effective and recreate the sense of power and sleek beauty that Titanic embodied in its day.


Standing beneath the 'bow' of the building gives an awesome sense of scale of the ship's hull.





Hope you enjoyed these few photos of this impressive site!

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Industrial Good Fences at Belfast Shipyard Pt 6



Welcome to Thursday's Good Fences link up with Tex.  Today I'm continuing our tour around Belfast's docklands and shipyard, Harland & Wolff, and the iconic shipbuilding cranes known as Samson and Goliath.

It was behind these very gates, that the plans for Titanic and many other large liners were drawn over a hundred years ago.  I love the wrought ironwork of the gates through which the ships' architects would have entered everyday to work.



looking from the inside of the gates across to Goliath the crane...








Further down to the left is Samson, another bright yellow crane, behind more industrial fencing, so this is as close as I could venture.
Can you imagine working everyday in the tiny pod as crane operator?  Apparently its a ver scary descent down into it but you would feel like a bird so high up!
 Another random fact about these awesome cranes is that you could drive a car along the top of the crane.


The cranes were built in 1969 and 1974.


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tuesday's Treasure - Donegal Quay Pt 5


This very large sculpture is another new piece of artwork commissioned by Belfast City Council in what they have called 'Thanksgiving Square".




The brilliant blue skies the day we visited were the perfect backdrop for this stainless steel lady of rings.



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Monday, 18 January 2016

Big Fish - Donegal Quay Pt 4



Continuing my tour around Belfast docks today with a prize catch at Donegal Quay: the Big Fish.

It is a 32ft sculpture of a salmon by John Kindness made in 1999 to celebrate the regeneration of the quayside and is covered in a mosaic of ceramic tiles for scales, commemorating Belfast's history and growth.





Just some of the tiles. I love the blue and white.


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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Saturday's Critters at the Docks Pt3


Along the walkway there are various sculptures and harbour memorabilia and some of the fun finds were these seals popping out of the grass just like the real ones do popping out of the sea, but unfortunately we didn't spot any real seals.  These made me smile though!




Surprisingly, there were few birds just a couple of pigeons huddled up to keep warm...


and a few gulls...


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Friday, 15 January 2016

Belfast Docks Pt 2


As you can see, the skies were clear when we stopped at the Docklands area of Belfast and conditions were great for catching reflections.

The Lagan River flows into Belfast lough here and the towpath runs under several newish bridges to take traffic and trains over.



The building reflected  below  is known as the Obel building. You can just spot the Royal Mail main building on the left.



Another modern office block


The little red boats take tourists for tours of the docks


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