Monday, 29 February 2016

Leap Year Monday


Happy February 29th! It only comes around once every four years so enjoy this 'extra' day! I was delighted today to find this gorgeous bunch of crocuses reminding me that spring is truly close at hand.


There has been a hint of spring the past few days, with sun and clear blue skies which are so welcome!
I made the most of the day and walked around Hillsborough Forest park and fort.

There were lots of swans on the lake.


Another view of the Fort with the spire of St Malachi's Parish Church on the left.


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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Good Fences and Gates

 Hello and welcome to another edition of Good Fences link up thanks to the Run-a-Round Ranch.

These are the wonderfully artistic metal sculpted gates at the entrance to the Open Farm we visited last week.

I love the imaginative thought put into making them.





Crows on the fence waiting to scavenge food from the chickens!


The goats in their enclosure...


Say 'Cheese!' A coy smile from a nosy goat with nice, white teeth!


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Monday, 22 February 2016

Castle Gardens


Having some fun today in Castle Gardens in Lisburn





The cannon. Glad to say it is no longer in use!




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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Saturday Critters

 Happy Saturday! Continuing with some more photos taken yesterday at the Open Farm we visited.

The first photo above is a very colourful bird and a new one for me - its a Lady Amherst pheasant, apparently from China.

There are lots of chickens and they seem to be used to all the attention - in fact they expect to be fed!

 Chickens are so comical


I love silkies as we used to keep some.



The peacock had free run of the farm and strutted his stuff proudly, though we had hoped he would fan his beautiful tail but he didn't oblige!

I thought it funny to see him check on the geese from the visitor bench !







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Friday, 19 February 2016

Friday Random Five

 Five random photos from my week.

The kids have been off school for half term break and although the weather hasn't been great we did get out  a couple of days.

We had to shop for some school shoes and accessories and went to The Outlet which has these two neat features on the way in.



Yesterday before the rain came on, we headed to an open farm which is free to the public.

My youngest danced and sang her way around - she absolutely loves animals and pets.


A sweet old donkey

and cute pigs!
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Over the Fence


Sharing some simple farm fences today and the view beyond across the farm land along the road from home, taken yesterday early evening.



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Friday, 12 February 2016

Five on Friday



Joining Tanya for Five random photos on Friday.

A Weekend Reflection too for James in the Linen Museum, Lisburn


Bike rental at the Odyssey arena Belfast


Frost on the grass



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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Good Gates and Stunning Sunset



Some surviving historic gates and pillars I've been trying to find and photograph to share with you today for Good Fences.


You may remember seeing this bright red set from several months ago and since then I found more





It is thought that these types of domed gate pillars were late nineteenth early twentieth century stone built gate pillars. Typically they were whitewashed a sign of the farmer's boundary marker and pride in his farm which he had probably been able to buy out from the landed gentry following the Irish Land Acts of the early 19th century.

Local blacksmiths made the gates and were creative in their designs, adding visual appeal to the countryside and farms.

The pillars below have been replastered.

Sadly due to the use of large machinery, many of the old gates and pillars have been deliberately destroyed to make way for wider field access.


Yon can see the old stones remaining in this set and some evidence of white wash. I love the simple design and green paint on these gates.

 
The past few evenings we enjoyed stunning sunsets and this is the view across the farm from my home.



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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Botanic Gardens



Welcome for a quick visit to Belfast's Botanic gardens which we visited last August.

The Victorian Glass house is a marvel of Victorian architecture.


Sorry about the crane in the background, however the red brick buildings are part of Queen's University


The dome is wonderful and the detail in the metalwork around the entrance was fantastic.



Inside and a huge palm tree (I think)


An exotic bloom...



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