Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Starry Light

I came across these handmade treasures from the Mekong at the Christmas market in Belfast and thought they were like jewels with all their rich, glowing colours. So many pretty designs!

I am taking a little blogging break to enjoy the holidays with family!
Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!
Thank you for all your comments!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday Treasures HERE
Our World Tuesday HERE
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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Swans A-Swimming!

I was at the lake one snowy morning and found the swans swimming as gracefully as ever bathed in a golden glow. 

I waited  a few moments for a few others to swim into the frame - not quite seven - just five swans a-swimming!  Can you see the one with its head under?

Happy Christmas!

Linking with Weekend Reflections HERE

And Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Friday, 15 December 2017

Winter Wanderings

Snowy Farmhouse
 Our snow has all gone now so I'm afraid it seems there won't be a white Christmas here.  I'm glad to be able to enjoy its beauty though and dream of a white Christmas!
Footprints through the Gate

No longer the Village Green

The River runs on...

Snow Decked Tree!

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And Friday Foto Friends HERE

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Had to stop on the morning school run to snap a shot of the glorious sunrise sky.
The colours were so fiery in sharp contrast to the frozen, snowy ground!
So thankful we made it out & about safely in all the treacherous icy conditions of the past week!

Linking with Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

Sky Watch Friday HERE

& thank you for your visit!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Snow Words Needed!

Linking with Wordless Wednesday HERE

Stay warm and cozy if you are in the snow zone!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Treasures in the Snow

We had our first snow on Friday and that afternoon I was able to get to Hillsborough and take a few shots of these Treasures in the snow.

Above is the gateway to Hillsborough Fort

As you walk around the path in front of the Fort, you see the spire of St Malachy's Parish Church.

We then left through the gateway again and followed another path to the church.

As the evening was drawing on the light became more purplish and made for a lovely snowy treasure.

Linking with Image-in-ing HERE

Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

And Travel Tuesday HERE

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Five Geese A Swimming

Instead of Six geese a-laying as the Christmas song goes, we saw only five geese a-swimming along the Lagan towpath and they were quite vocal in their disapproval of our presence!

...and then, heads held high, they swam off!

Thanks for your visit!

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas at Victoria Square

After visitng the Christmas Markets in Belfast we walked to the Victoria Square shopping centre.

The sparkling lights and hundreds of Christmas trees are a sight to behold.
We went up to the dome where the lights were all reflected in the glass.

The main Christmas tree is impressive!

Linking with Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Friday Foto Friends HERE

Weekend Reflection HERE

Happy Friday!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thankful Skies

One of the most beautiful sunset skies I've seen, right outside my own door. (Taken in Sept.)

So thankful today for antibiotics as my 13y.o. has had an awful bout of tonsillitis and I appreciate more than ever the National Health Service in our country and the availability of these medicines at short notice.
Thankful she has turned the corner thanks to treatment.

Linking today with Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

And Sky Watch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Helter Skelter!!

At the Christmas markets there are a few children's amusements and this one brought back fun memories for me: it's a Helter Skelter!

Did you ever slide down one?  As the sign says, "Fun for All"!
We let the kids have fun on it!

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas Market

Last Friday evening we visited the Continental Christmas Market at Belfast City Hall.  It eas a mild night and there were crowds of people enjoying the food and fun.

I have to confess we went to savour the edible delights such as the Poffertjes - Dutch mini pancakes,
and Churros and bubble waffles - all with chocolate sauce and ice cream!

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Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Monday, 4 December 2017


Appropriately, this mural is found on the gable wall of Berry Street Presbyterian Church buildings, Belfast, though I'm sorry to say I cannot find out any more about it.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Puppy Love

My youngest daughter fell in love with this sweet little Jack Russell puppy, on a day out, and would have brought him home as he was tied up and no one seemed to know who owned him. He really seemed to want the company.  I can only hope his owner came back for him.

I just read on Sharon's blog that this is National Mutt day so here's to all those sweet dog friends!

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy Saturday!

Friday, 1 December 2017

December's Here

Happy December! This was the afternoon sunset at the lake.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017


shorelines is a bronze sculpture of the Antrim coastline commissioned in 2011 & created by Chris Wilson.

Linking with Sky Watch Friday HERE 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Wee Fergie

Harry Ferguson is haled as one of Ulster's famous sons and fondly remembered in the local farming community for his 'wee Fergie' tractor.  Many farmers still own one and there is an annual parade of them nearby.  This wee Ferguson tractor sits on the roadside as you enter Dromore, a town situated within a few miles of Harry Ferguson's home.

Here is the monument to him at his home farm.

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And Signs, Signs HERE

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Saturday's Critters

These were on display at the Ulster Museum.

The birds are Ptarmigans found in mountainous areas.

This was a beautiful Arctic Fox.

I loved the hare.

Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy Saturday!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Viaduct Revisited

The Viaduct at Dromore County Down, late November afternoon.

The Viaduct is no longer in use as the railway line it carried was discontinued.

It's a massive structure and I am amazed at its construction given it was built in Victorian times!

The river Lagan flows beneath it.

Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bound for the Mountain top

 Our recent hike up Slieve Croob.  Started off sunny and bright and by the time we were nearing the top, the rainclouds rolled over but the views across to the Mournes were stunning and we could see the sea at Newcastle bay.

Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

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