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!


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Happy weekend!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Shall we Promenade?


Many of our seaside resorts in Northern Ireland, retain much of their Victorian heritage, when summer holidays to the seaside became popular.

This is Bangor County Down and there are many well restored Victorian townhouses along the seafront here, in lovely spring colours I might add.

Other Victorian features here include the gazebo presented to the Yacht Club,


and a fine clock tower in a central part of the town near the hotels which you can see in the background.


This is the promenade, now remodelled

It is alongside the more modern marina.

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spelga Reservoir


On Easter Monday, thankful that hubby had the day off work, we set off to explore the Mourne Mountains and visit Spelga Dam and reservoir.  The day was a bit blustery and cold with stormy skies but the rain held off, thankfully!


The mountains are still brown after the winter weather.


Down the valley, looking towards Hilltown.



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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Find Your Happy Place



Two marquee signs found in Kildare Village - bright signs for spring joy and happiness!

Hope you have a happy day!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ruins of Grey Abbey, Kildare


Last week, we made a quick visit to Kildare, west of Dublin and I had just enough time to stop and take some pictures of the ruins of Grey Abbey, so called because of the grey robes worn by monks who lived here in the 16th century.

It now is the playground of crows... you might spot a few...






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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...


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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


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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!


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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.


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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
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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.


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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...

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Thanks and happy Easter!