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!

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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!

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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!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Good Fences

This is the gateway and fencing at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone.
Traditional whitewashed stone pillars with new basket weave style metalwork fencing in between.
A good combination of old and contemporary for the museum.

Linking with Gosia for Good Fences HERE

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Pop of Colour Signs

These more colourful signs are found around the Lagan Valley Arts Centre and are beside the locks and river I posted yesterday and the day before.  As you can see the day was overcast and the trees still bare so the signs were a bright spot of colour and show that all ages can enjoy activities here.

Linking with Signs Signs HERE

Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Locks

The locks at Lisburn Civic Centre, part of the linen heritage of this area and the industrial expansion from Belfast.  These locks are only used very occasionally for special boating events. Barges no longer travel this waterway, a pity, I think!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday Treasures HERE

Monday, 6 February 2017

Bridge Eye View

After all the rain we have had, the River Lagan has swollen quite a bit.  I enjoyed the view from the bridge as the water rushed onwards over the curved gradient.

Linking with Image-in-ing HERE

Our World Tuesday HERE

Have a great week!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Goat

The Goat

Along the way last week, we made a few new acquaintances in these goats!  This one was particularly curious!

Joining Eileen for Saturday's Critters HERE


Thursday, 2 February 2017

For the beauty of the Earth

 I am a country girl and the sight of the earth turned over ready for planting does my heart good! These fields were being readied for winter barley last autumn.  So thankful to have fresh food to hand every day!

The skies were so pretty that day too! Really uplifting!

Another field and gate for Good Fences HERE

Also linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

And Skywatch Friday HERE

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Sign of Frustration!

This is the old radio control tower in the pier of Carrickfergus harbour.
It has bee derelict now for 40 years and has fallen into this state of disrepair.  We visited Carrickfergus last year when these photos were taken.

I cropped this photo of the sign - and do sympathise with the developer over such a waste of time and bureaucratic wrangling.

With gorgeous sea views on the one hand ...

...and the historic Norman castle of Carrickfergus on the other side...

.... surely this is a prime location to be developed for the good of the town and tourism?

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