Saturday, 30 April 2016

Saturday's Critters

It might seem as if I've been on safari but in reality only to the zoo with my kids over Easter. I think the giraffes were my favourite.

Sharing with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy weekend!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday Randoms

Day's End

A random selection of photos from the week past.  

Canal at Lisburn civic centre

Ruby rhododendron

Walking towards the former Courthouse Hillsborough

You've been framed!

Now it serves as the Tourist Information Centre

Linking today with Tanya's Willy nilly Fridays HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

A Rural Journal HERE  

Cath's Fun Friday Favourites HERE

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Good Fences


This is the very ornate, very green wrought iron railings in front of Dromore's Roman Catholic chapel.

So much detail in the railings to see.  I'm glad I don't have to paint them! Someone does do a good job of keeping them smart.

The manufacturers, G. Webb & Son, made sure to include their details!

Linking with The Run-a-Round Ranch and Good Fences

Many thanks to all who visit and comments are welcome!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Kissing Gate

Fable has it that if a couple meet and kiss at this gate, they will marry within the year.
Not surprising then, that many couples come here to have engagement and wedding photos taken at the gate!

Linking today with Signs Signs HERE

and Outdoor Wednesdays with A Southern Daydreamer HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday's Treasure

Meet Elvis, an engineered, nuts and bolts treasure from Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon. He was donated to the Gardens by Molloy Engineering and I think you'll agree he is a fine dog.

I especially like his ribcage and spine...

...and the texture of his back paw!

Treasure from rusty spare parts.

Sharing today with Tom's Tuesday's Treasure  HERE where you can see lots more treasure!

Best wishes

Monday, 25 April 2016

Old Mill

This is the former mill at Hilden, site of the former Barbour Threads empire. To say this place fascinates me is an understatement.  The site is huge and comprises several more large factories, some badly fire damaged, all derelict and disintegrating.

The factories here were built about 1823 and by the 1890's were considered to be the largest linen-thread manufacturing site in the world.

My FIL was a foreman at the mill many decades ago.

Below is  the former mill workers entrance

Plans to regenerate the mills into homes and leisure facilities have fallen through and so it languishes.

I thought these monotoned edits added a particularly nostalgic feel.

Many thanks for your visit.

Linking with HERE

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Swans for Saturday's Critters

A few shots from my walk at Craigavon lake on Thursday.

I managed to clamber over some swampy reeds etc and crouch in them to watch the swans feed.

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Thanks for joining me and hope you can leave a comment

Friday, 22 April 2016

Just for Fun Friday

Hello Selfie with filter
Linking these two with Weekend Reflections.

I made the most of the good weather yesterday and went walking somewhere new and I just bring my phone and use the camera on it so I can walk more freely.

I walked around the lake at Craigavon and will have to go biking there too.
Serenity and Time to Reflect

In nearby Tannaghmore Gardens there are nicely laid out gardens and fun sculptures around every corner - I can sympathise with this stressed out mum!

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Amy's Five on Friday HERE

Cath's Fun Friday Favourites HERE

And Nancy's Random Five @ A Rural Journey HERE

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Good Fences

 Thankfully, we've had a spell of beautiful weather here the past few days and I've been able to get out on my bicycle around some country lanes.

I had to stop to greet these friendly little Shetland ponies, who just loved the attention!

Doesn't this one have a pretty 'glam' hairdo!

Too cute!

Hope you enjoyed meeting my new friends behind their rusty fence!

Linking with Tex's Good Fences.

Check out more great fences!

Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday's Treasure

This is the beautiful red brick Victorian  mansion which sits in the middle of Belfast's Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.  Sadly no one seems prepared to use it these days and so it sits empty and quietly crumbling away.

The house was originally built by linen merchants, the Bristow family, hence the initials JB in this ornate emblem by the door.

The gardens are very pleasant and each year there is an international rose show.
A treasure in the city.

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasure HERE

and Image-in-ing HERE

and Life Thru the Lens HERE

Thanks you.