Friday, 31 March 2017

Willy Nilly Friday

 Recently we were spring shopping in Victoria Square Belfast with its viewing deck up in the dome which I posted about HERE

However this time we entered from the other side and had to snap a pic of this Victorian drinking fountain, presented to the city in 1874 'In Remembrance of Daniel Joseph Jaffe' a leading linen merchant.

Inside Victoria Square there is an altogether different spring decoration with huge pompoms strung across the atrium.

But as is human nature, we are already dreaming of summer and spotted these cool reflective suitcases... You can see my daughter checking out one in her style!

I could be packed and ready to go in an hour!

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflections HERE

Fast Five on Friday HERE

Enjoy your Friday!

Thursday, 30 March 2017


That's one tough knot...

Thankful for today and even the beauty in the everyday things we can easily overlook but they are there for our good.

Linking with Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

And Gosia for Good Fences HERE

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Needle but no Haystack

To commemorate Lisburn's once thriving linen and thread industry, a large rusty needle has been erected in one of the town's central roundabouts.  It was designed by Martin Heron.

The thread of this needle has a message for any visitors as we like to think of ourselves as a friendly lot...

'if you get lost just stop and ask for directions.'

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spring at St Malachi's...

Taken yesterday afternoon, a beautiful spring day at St Malachi's Parish Church in Hillsborough.

Below is the view from the front entrance looking down towards Main Street.
The star shaped planting of the daffodils is very eye catching.

A couple more shots of the lovely stonework and Gothic details.

Happy Spring!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Monday, 27 March 2017

In The Pink

Spring has well and truly stung in our small corner and today I couldn't help but admire so many shades of pink.

The magnolia was beautiful against that blue!

A macro looking into the magnolia flower

Beds of hyacinths in the local town park.

Linking with Mersad's Through My Lens HERE

Image-in -ing HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Hello Girls!

Yesterday was such a pretty spring day that I decided to go for a bicycle ride along some of the country lanes.

Lo and behold these pretty  cows were enjoying the the day too, right beside the lane.
Soft gentle eyes...

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy weekend!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Titanic Quarter

For more recent followers, here are photos I took last year of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast Docks, which is where the SS Nomadic is on view.  You can board the Nomadic for a tour along with the visitor attraction inside the Titanic exhibition Centre above.

 The 'skin' of the building is fascinating and dynamic and the shape obviously replicates the bow of the Titanic.
 It was wonderful to see the light reflecting off the surface.

Shallow pools of water surround the building to add to the experience of boarding the Titanic.

Linking with Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflection HERE

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hope Springs Anew

Signs of spring abound and with them comes renewed hope for a time new life and joy.

So thankful today for renewed health and strength amongst our children after their bouts of illness and for the fresh green grass that I will have to mow soon!

The dark clouds of winter are rolling away for blue skies of spring and summer! Roll on!

Linking with Skywatch Friday HERE

Good Fences HERE

Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

Thanks to all our hosts!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Be A Pineapple

Recently, sandwich boards around town have been catching my eye and this one makes me smile!

So be sweet and enjoy your day! Though I don't think wearing a crown is obligatory!!

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

SS Nomadic

The SS Nomadic is the sole surviving ship of the White Star Line, and a sister ship of the much larger Titanic.  It is a permanent visitor attraction at the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

Linking with Tom's Tuesday Treasures HERE

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring Gardens Mural

Just along the road from C.S.Lewis Square on the Newtownards Road, East Belfast, another Community Garden has been opened and was gearing up for spring when we visited the area.

The gable wall of an adjacent premises has been used to advertise the concept of freedom in the city and a slice of rurality in an urban setting.

Linking with Monday Murals HERE

And Image-in-ing HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Birds on the Lagan

Disappointed mallards - I had no snacks for them!

We went cycling along the Lagan towpath during the week and at least the rain stayed off. I stopped a couple of times to snap some 'fowl' photos with my iPhone so they're not the greatest.

This greylag goose was in a hurry

Coot floating leisurely along
Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Happy weekend!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Here lies St Patrick

This sculpture of St Patrick greets the visitor to Downpatrick.

Lt's go inside the Cathedral...

On entering, the wonderful pipe organ is the main feature.

Simple elegant beauty and a magnificent stained glass window of the 12 disciples.

And of course a commemorative window depicting the life of Patrick in Ireland from shepherd boy to bishop.

It is believed that Patrick died on 17th March 461.
To the graveyard now at the side of the Cathedral lies the final resting place of Patrick and this tombstone, with ancient inscription.

Have a great day!

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE