Friday, 30 September 2016


Play some good old fashioned games!

Play ME!

Play in the Garden

Play at the seaside

Playing is serious business at a theme park! Reflecting on Play

Take time to play today and have some fun!

Linking with Tanya HERE

Weekend Reflection HERE

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Brownlow House Good Fences

The 'fences' or rather balustrades at Brownlow House are of the ornate Elizabethan style in a lovely sandstone, that weathers to golden and rusty hues.

There is also a terrace in front of the house with the same balustrades

As you can see it makes for a grand wedding venue but as the skies darkened it would make a great film location for a mystery weekend!

Joining in with Good Fences below

and Skywatch Friday HERE

Thanks to each one.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Lake at Brownlow

The lake sits in front of Brownlow House and is now part of Lurgan Park, open all year round to the public for free.

There are masses of swans, ducks and geese living here

This one graciously offered to pose for a celebrity photo shot!

Thanks for joining me.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday's Treasures - Brownlow House Pt 2

Welcome back for part 2 as we head inside for a tour of the house.  Very little remains as to original furniture or artwork as Lord Lurgan fortunes changes and he auctioned off much of its contents and removed to London at the turn of the last century.

Since then there have been several serious arson attacks to the castle resulting in major damage but thanks to the perseverance of the Orange Institute, the building was painstakingly restored and exterior details replicated.

The is the ceiling leading to the ante room or waiting room

On the mantel is a bust of Queen Victoria and to the right on the wall is a drawing of Lord Kurgan's pets, his famous greyhounds, which he raced and betted on quite heavily - there goes his fortune!

However he had one of the most famous greyhounds of its day, named Master McGrath and he won the Waterloo Cup three times in spite of being poisoned and almost killed one year

Below are the hares heads mounted and dated in the dog's honour!


This is a beautiful stained glass window in the stairway which was replaced after the original was destroyed in the fire.

It depicts the coats of arms of the four branches of the Brownlow family

 Thanks to Tom for hosting!
Check out more Tuesday's Treasures HERE 

Have a great day!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Brownlow House Part 1

Welcome to Brownlow House, or Lurgan Castle, as it was formerly called, built by the Brownlow family almost two centuries ago. Designed by Scottish architect W. Playfair, in an Elizabethan style.

It now functions as offices of The Loyal Orange Order as well as being a popular wedding venue and houses two museum exhibitions of Lurgan Protestantism and Orange Orders and a WWII museum as the house was used as a base for American soldiers in the run up to the D Day landings.

President Eisenhower even stayed two nights here as details were finalised.

The highlight for me though on our tour, was visiting the roof via the servants' stairway below.

Above the stairs was a large dome

Out on the roof top this was a shot of the lantern tower which can be seen in the first two shots of the house.

The views across the roof toward Lurgan Parish church

The chimney stacks are amazing and each one reportedly different.

The cost of renovations and maintenance is colossal but worth it to preserve such a beautiful castle.

More treasures tomorrow from Brownlow House.

Thanks for coming by!

Linking with Through My Lens HERE

Image-in-ing HERE

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Walk a llama

Happy Saturday and time for Saturday Critters.  We took the family to an Open Farm in August before the return to school.
Here are some photos of the llamas which you can take on a walk.

"I'll go for a walk, take me!"

Just chewing' the cud

Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy Saturday!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Five Fall finds in the Forest

Taken this week on my walk around the forest park, and fall was definitely making an appearance.

The ground has its first littering of rusty leaves.

Stealing into the leaves it makes a fabulous variegated pattern.

I found the last solitary fox glove in bloom

The rosy red pips have fattened up for fall

A farewell to green across the pond

Linking with the following memes:

Tanya at Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflections HERE

Today's Flowers HERE

Love made My Home HERE

Thanks to all the hosts and for all who come for a visit!

Best wishes!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Good Fences & Skies on Sketrick

Sketrick Island is tiny and easy to walk around to admire the sea from all sides, which we did.
Enjoy the views!

Joining Tex for Good Fences - click below

And Skywatch Friday HERE

Many thanks for your interest.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sketrick Castle

Beside the bay with the boats from yesterday's post, stands the ancient ruins of Sketrick Castle.

It is estimated to have been built around the 15th Century. It was built as a four storey tower.

Amazing to think of this being all made by hand - look how thick the walls are!

One corner of the castle remains pretty much intact.

A beautiful restored stone archway.

This is my Tuesday Treasure linking with Tom HERE

And Our world Tuesday HERE

Many thanks for your comments!