Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Inside Stormont

Let's go through the necessary security checks and head on up to the main entrance and take a look inside the Main Hall of Stormont.

Under the columns the plaster work above is classical and beautiful.

On entering the building the eye is immediately drawn to the staircase and then to the glorious ceiling.

The design of the ceiling mirrors the pattern of the marble floor.

I love the colours and grandeur of this!

This is the 24 carat gold  main chandelier

Even the details of the staircase were impressive.

Hope you enjoyed this visit inside!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Monday, 27 February 2017

Seat of Government

Welcome to NorthernIreland's seat of Government at Stormont.  This is where the legislatev assembly is supposed to meet and govern though there is always some strife with 'the folks on the hill' as the politicians here are jokingly referrred to!

 Beautiful details of the building.  One of the most interesting facts about this white exterior is that during the second World War, it had to be blackened out using a terrible mixture of tar and cow dung!

It then took 7 years afterwards to clean it off!  I think that's why some parts still look grey!!

Tomorrow I'll share some photos of the interior.

Linking with Image-in-ing HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Horse Shy...

I took a walk along a road I don't usually travel recently...the skies were blue and the air was crisp...great day for an invigorating walk.

Anyhow, there is a farm and stables along this road and one of their horses was all alone but suitably dressed for the cold weather and eating steadily along the fence.

I tried to get as close as I could without trespassing but the horse just kept his head down  but had an eye on my whereabouts too!
He was just too shy to look up, I think or not bothered by a passerby!

Joining Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy weekend!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Five on Friday

In the grounds of Lisburn's Civic centre,  stands The Tree Of Dreams a community art piece commissioned by the Council and designed by Bob Sloan.

The 'leaves' are made of copper and inscribed with the names of local Lisburn residents

I'm linking these with Skywatch Friday HERE

I've been back to the old Mill at Hilden, once Barbour Threads.  I love these old buildings.

Reflection in the Mill Pond - linking with Weekend Reflections HERE

The ivy has taken a hold on this corner of the old mill.

Some way back from the mill is this row of millworkers homes. Nowadays new owners can paint the woodwork in their choice of colour - even Barbie pink!

Linkng with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Good Fences Seaside Style

Taken last week on our visit to Newcastle and even though it was cold, wet and blowy, I'm so thankful we all enjoyed out time together and laughed and joked and were content in each other's company - that's a rare treat and such a blessing!

Joining Gosia for Good Fences HERE

And Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

Thanks to you too, for being here!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cone of Light Newcastle

At the most southerly end of Newcastle's promenade stands the Cone of Light.
The base is constructed of Mourne granite and the needles are of stainless steel.

Sorry I have missed many of your posts and had no posts for that last few days due to a sudden family bereavement.

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Wordless Wednesday HERE 

Image-in-ing HERE

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Randoms and Reflections

Given that this was the final day of half term, we decided just to 'go for it' inspite of the weather and headed for Newcastle County Down at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.  The rain clouds did unfortunately cover the mountains but we braved the wind and rain to walk the promenade.

Several new art pieces have been installed along the promenade, like this Globe - a great reflective surface.
Photo credit: my daughter

Photo credit: my daughter


You can't visit Newcastle without having a 99 or a poke, as that is what we call an ice cream cone with a chocolate flake stuck into it.  I can vouch for it being very good!

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly HERE

Weekend Reflections HERE

Happy weekend!

Thursday, 16 February 2017


I pass by this little cottage garden gate quite frequently and just last week enjoyed a peek into their garden to admire the snowdrops!

They are a forerunner of spring.
I'm thankful this week we've had a break in routine with half term and we've been able to enjoy some other activities and fun times.

Isn't it lovely at the close of the day to see this wonderful sky?

THanks for coming by!

Linking with Gosia for Good Fences HERE

And Michelle for Thankful Thursdays HERE

And Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Love Signs Forever

Carving a heart with your name and your loved one's name on a tree has been a long standing romantic thing to do!

These are some of the heart and initials I've found out and about - even though I'm a day late posting them for Valentine's Day!

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Views from Victoria Square

Continuing from yesterday's post, here are a few more shots in Victoria Square, Belfast and that climb up the spiralling staircase to the dome.

Thiis is the view eastwards ans you can see the Albert Clock and beyond that is Belfast Lough.

The famous cranes, Samson and Goliath at the shipyard where the Titanic was built.

The otherside provides a look over the city, including City Hall with its green domes.

Thanks for your comments!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Victoria Square

 Victoria Square is the newest shopping centre in Belfast, revitalising an area of Belfast that was in decline.  Its main attraction is a glass dome from which there are 360 degree views of the city.

This is the viewing platform and spiral staircase - makes for a dizzying climb up or down!

Linking with Image-in-ing HERE

And Mersad's Through My Lens HERE

And Our World Tuesday HERE

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Birds in the Park

Just a few photos of the birds I managed to snap with my phone on my walks around the park last week.  These two greylag geese were enjoying a swim.

I was serenaded by this chirpy little robin redbreast - he was so friendly!

Glad to be joining Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy Saturday!

Friday, 10 February 2017

As 'Scene' in Belfast

For Five on Friday I've selected some Belfast City Scenes and reflections. Above is Corn Market.

Below is taken on Royal Avenue and shows the old buildings reflected in the newer Castlecourt Shopping Mall.

City Hall reflected in a cafe window late afternoon in January.

This is the view NW from the dome in Victoria Square (more on Monday). You can see the green dome of City Hall near the middle of the photo.

Buy an American company coffee in Belfast and listen to an Irish CD next door! Its as cosmopolitan as we get here in Belfast!!!

Thanks to Tanya for hosting Willy Nilly Friday HERE

And James for hosting Weekend Reflections HERE

Happy Friday!