Saturday, 22 April 2017

Growing old Gracefully


Continuing from yesterday's post, taken two weeks ago at Oxford Island Lough Neagh.  These maturing young swans were so graceful and elegant.



This is the hide at Oxford Island, but was not opened the day we visited.


Many commented on yesterday's photo of the stainless steel waves on the shore and I cannot find any other info but they are not perhaps as dangerous as they seem as the edges are not sharp at all.

This is my daughter investigating them...


Thanks for stopping by!

Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Friday, 21 April 2017

Weekend Willy Nilly & Reflection


Sharing a few of the sights at Lough Neagh two weeks ago.  It was almost like summer!



Oxford Island


Kinnego Marina


Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflections HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Thanks for all your comments! Happy weekend!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring lambs


I've been trying to photograph the new lambs near us but they've always been too far away.

Yesterday on our walk, we were able to watch them frolic through the fence, though they did spy us!

I love how patient this mother ewe is as her boisterous offspring and friends climb all over her!


Linking with Good Fences HERE

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Ards Maltings


Situated along the northern part of Strangford Lough Newtownards, this was a barley malting set up, supplying breweries, including Guinness.



Newly married couple were having photos taken there!  This was the wedding limousine.


Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Wordless Wednesday HERE

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Scrabo Tower


Scrabo Tower sits proudly on a rocky hill overlooking Strangford Lough and the town of Newtownards.  It was completed in 1857 in memory of the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry and designed by Charles Lanyon, the same architect of Queen's University Belfast.


The tower ended up being smaller than originally planned due to spiralling building costs.

Below is the view towards Belfast, in the middle of the photo, and a golf course is directly below the tower.


This is the wonderful view over Strangford and Newtownards, the airstrip just visible.

The inscription to the 3rd Marquis


The view across Strangford Lough towards Scrabo
Linking with Tom's Tuesday Treasures HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday Mural


Just last week I came across this mural in Lisburn in front of a derelict building.  I can only assume it is part of the work of young artists from the 'R Space' Gallery beside this mural.


Linking with Monday Murals HERE

Saturday, 15 April 2017

These little piggies!


Last Saturday I took my youngest daughter to an 'open farm'.  We were entertained by these cute little pigs!

I believe this breed of pig is known as an Oxford Sandy and Black and nicknamed 'Plum Pudding'!

Sunbathing...


Snack time...


Cute curly tails...

Linking with Eileen for Saturday Critters HERE

Thanks and happy Easter!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday April 14


In Victoria Park a few weeks ago, you can see the reflection of Samson the large shipbuilding crane in Harland & Wolff shipyard.


As today also marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, here is a replica 'model' at the Titanic quarter Belfast.



Today also I remember Good Friday



Happy Easter!


Linking with 

Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflection HERE

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Heart & Home..


I've so much to be thankful for this week... but uppermost in my thoughts and heart is thankfulness for my oldest.  She turned 18 yesterday and I'm so thankful she is a beautiful young woman, working hard towards fulfilling her dreams.
My daughters following a bridle path near home...

Over the river...


Across the freshly ploughed fields...
(our potatoes come from this very earth)


 My favourite spring flowers, pure and white...


Thankful for skies and views like these!


Linking with Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

Gosia for Good Fences HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Blue silhouettes and Sign


These larger than life silhouettes are the newest signs in Ann Street Belfast directing shoppers towards Victoria Square.  In the photo above the person/sign reads Victoria Square.



i was able to go into a shop next to them and head upstairs to take a photo looking down at them and show you just how tall they are.


Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday Mural


Saturday past, we visited Oxford Island, Lough Neagh and the spring sunshine was glorious, but not so great when I tried to photograph this mural with the sun directly behind it! How ever it is still a wonderful colourful mural depicting the abundant wildlife of this area.



Thanks for stopping by!

Linking with Monday Murals HERE

Image-in-ing HERE

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Another Bee


The dandelions are in full bloom and the bees are making the most of them.

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy weekend!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Little old cottage


I'm keeping an eye on this little old cottage and took this photo of it last week in the afternoon sun because very soon I think it is to be torn down. The new owners of the site have been building a new home behind it and I will try to photograph it too.

There is just something wistful about this photo - not really sad, but thoughtful - a life well lived and a quiet dignity that can rest in peace...

Thankful that I have a home full of love and laughter.

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

Good Fences with Gosia HERE

Monday, 3 April 2017

Space Mural


This is the mural at Newcastle Community Cinema, I'm sure most recognise this scene from Aliens with Sigourney Weaver.

Linking with Monday Murals HERE

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pony Portrait


Last week I shared some photos of the cows along the road I cycled and further along I had to stop to see the pony.  It was a very shy creature and the small Shetland pony in the background (photo below) would not venture near me at all. I'm only guessing, as I don't know the folks who own this place, but I think they might rescue abused ponies, judging by the animals I've noticed

You can see this pony has its ears pinned back in wariness and possible anxiety at my presence/camera!! So i did not want to upset him further and hopped on my bike!


Linking with Eileen for Saturday Critters HERE

Best wishes!