Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rose Gardens...a late visit


These are photos from my visit to the Rose Festival at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon park, South Belfast last year.  I was only able to go after the best of the blooms had passed.

The roses are spread out over quite a large area of parkland.

The skies were pretty unusual that day too.



An area of trellis fencing and some smaller roses just fading.





These late bloomers were still lovely and sweetly scented.

Thankful for all my senses and the beauty of creation!

Linking with Michelle's Thankful THursday HERE

Gosia's Good Fences HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Temperance Gymnasium Sign


Set up in the 1880's in Lisburn for young men, the Temperance Institute Gymnasium gave them somewhere to train and keep out of the public houses.


Presently the hall is used as part of the Bridge Community facility for public events.

Linking with SIGNS, SIGNS HERE

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kids these days!


This is the latest mural from the 'R Space' Gallery workshop entitled 'Kids these Days!'

I think my daughter is right to say this is a judge about to drop the gavel of judgement on today's youth and condemn them all.  Do you think that's the message from this mural?

Right beside it is this CHAOS mural.


Linking with Monday Murals HERE

Thanks!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Look me in the eye...


Whilst crouched down among the grass and dandelions with the macro lens on, I had the good fortune of catching the eye of this little critter.  Great photo op - I don't mind flies in the field, just not in my house!

Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Floral Friday


I couldn't resist sharing a few more dandelion shots...



My favourite bright blue forget-me-not...


I have just learned the name of this spring flower is the cuckoo flower and it is a delicate little beauty.


Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments on yesterdays post.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Field of Wishes...


I have taken hundreds of photos this past week of dandelions and appreciated once again their stunning gossamer beauty and design.  I am so thankful for fields of unspoilt natural beauty on my doorstep!

Did you pick dandelion clocks and blow on them and make wishes as a child! We did!

These were taken just after midday but we returned in the evening and were thankful for a gorgeous sunset and soft light for more photos!




The soft evening light illuminates these gossamer hairs.


Halo effect

Cow parsley lines the lane arched by the trees.



 And so ends another day of wishes come true... I am blessed.



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Gosia's Good Fences HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Hilden Public Elementary School


This mural in Grand Street, Hilden, celebrates the linen and thread industry which flourished here up until the last century.  Barbour threads were world renowned and the large mills meant many families were drawn to the area for employment.  As a result, the company established a school for the children.  That is the building featured in the bottom of the mural.

It is not too far from here but how long it remains is anyone's guess as new homes have been built all around it.





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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Narrow Water Keep and Bawn


Narrow Water Keep and Bawn is a 16th century fortification on the banks of the Clanrye river between Newry and Warrenpoint.

It was an important vantage point to control the waterways and prevent attacks on Newry.

The bawn is the wall surrounding the keep.


Linking with Tom for Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Image-in-ing HERE

Thanks !

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday Mural


A mural from a narrow alley in Newcastle beside the community cinema and unfortunately I cannot find any info about it.

Do you think she is a Vulcan princess?



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Have a great week!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

More from Newcastle...


This is the Shimna River in Newcastle where it meets the sea and there are various activities to enjoy.
Overcast but dry, though the skies were ominous.
Notice the geese along the fence?

The paddleboat swans are always popular.


The geese seemed to be enjoying the fun as much as their human counterparts! This one posed for me!


Thankful to have my family home safe after trips away and thankful for beautiful weather this past week.
Hope you are having a great week too!

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And Gosia's Good Fences HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pony Rides


Back at Easter we were at the seaside in Newcastle and even though the day was overcast, crowds had come to spend the day enjoying all that is on offer at the resort.

Pony rides were definitely a hit with the young ones.


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Monday, 8 May 2017

Bluebell Heaven


Come with me through the woods to bluebell heaven...


My favourite place in May...




They only last a few weeks...




 Beautiful bluebells!!



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Our World Tuesday HERE

Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Nature Ramble


 On Wednesday I headed out for a nature ramble  and was rewarded by seeing my first butterfly of spring, the Orange-tip, resting on cow parsley.

Its wings when closed are an amazing camouflage against the cow parsley .


In the woods I managed a quick shot of a ladybird before I dislodged it trying to zoom in!


I love hawthorn blossom too!


And the hedges are bands of vivid yellow with all the gorse blooming and it smells wonderful!


Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy weekend!