Monday, 30 January 2017

The Spade Mill at Cultra

At Cultra Folk Museum, a spade mill from Coalisland has been recreated.  This spade mill had been in the Patterson family until the 1950's for four generations.

The spade had been the main cultivating tool , not the plough until later.  The spade maker therefore, was a highly skilled and sought after craftsman, able to make up to 120 different spades!

Linking with Image-in-ing HERE

Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Saturday's Critters

Earlier in the week I shared some photos taken at Ardress House County Armagh, which has a small farm museum.  Here are some of the friendlier critters which came over to welcome us.

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters HERE 
Thanks to Eileen for hosting.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Five on Friday


Just five shots from my camera this week... enjoy!

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Happy weekend!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Earth and Sky

A couple more shots taken on my frosty morning walk at the weekend. Oh how thankful I was to stop and stare at the beauty of the earth and the blue sky, having lived under dark, heavy clouds for most of last week.

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

And Good Fences HERE

And Skywatch Friday HERE

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ardress House

 Going back through some of my photos, I came across these pictures taken at Ardress House, County Armagh a few years back. A favourite pastime of mine is to visit these old mansions.  It is owned by The National Trust and open to the public.

 The old cobblestoned farmyard has antique farm equipment on display and in the outbuildings there are churns and butter presses just as the dairy would have been last century.

A thoroughly enjoyable visit!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday Treasures HERE

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thankful Thursday

Feeling a little sheepish, but do you see what I see in this tree trunk?  Isn't that very like a sheep's face in the trunk? Or a goat?

Joining Michelle for Thankful Thursday  HERE  as I'm glad this week of school exams is done and the pressure is off for now...

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Anyone for Tennis?

The Tennis Dome in Wallace Park means that it's not just a summer sport for the citizens of Lisburn.  There are times and classes to suit all ages and abilities.

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Church and Bell

St John's Parish church Kilwarlin Hillsborough, is rare in that it is the only one in the area with an open bell tower.

It was built in 1840, probably through the generosity of the Marquis of Downshire.

Linking today with Tom for Tuesday's Treasures HERE


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday's Critters

During a bright afternoon walk around the lake, I paused momentarily to snap a few shots of a cygnet, nearly fully grown now.

Linking with Eileen's Saturday Critters HERE
Thanks Eileen!

Happy weekend!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Tide's Out

Dundrum  Bay on December 29.

Linking with

Skywatch Friday HERE

Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflection HERE

Thanks for all your comments! Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Choosing Light

This was once the home of Sir Richard Wallace, famous Lisburn philanthropist and benefactor.
It's now part of the South Eastern Regional College

It would be easy for me to be swallowed up in the gloom that surrounds us here in Northern Ireland in the month of January... but I choose light and look for it even in the dullest, grey days, because usually there is a bright spot in every day,  (even speaking metaphorically!) for which I am thankful!

It does present difficulties when taking photos, but I persevered and found a break in the clouds at dusk in Castle Gardens.

 Linking  with

Tamar HERE for Little Things Thursday

Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


As a way of celebrating the  historical significance on the shaping of Belfast and its industrial strength, these tall sail like signs, bearing the names of the most well known Harland and Wolff built ships, line Royal Avenue.  

The Titanic sign is in front of the iconic Belfast department store Robinson & Cleaver.

Below you can see the sail like part of the sign reflected in  the Marks & Spencer store front - this one reads 'Olympic' and another says, 'Britannic'.

Linking with Signs, Signs HERE

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Sheep for Saturday's Critters

Taken on our visit to the Mournes last August.  This is a typical rural scene with stone walls and wee whitewashed cottages.

Linking with Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, 6 January 2017

More Tollymore!

Happy Friday and time to join some link ups with photos taken last week at Tollymore forest Park.

I meant to mention on my post on Wednesday about the Hermitage, that Tollymore Forest was used as a location for the filming of several scenes in The Game of Thrones.

It was late afternoon and the golden glow of the setting sun was just apparent through the trees and reflected on the river.

The children adventure play park has a great deer and castle!

More reflections on the river - the still water in the gorge made for a good surface.

Sun dipping down through the trees...

 View up towards the Mourne mountains

Linking with Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday HERE

Weekend Reflections HERE

Happy weekend!