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

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Downpatrick's Cathedral


This is Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, a beautiful stone church and it is the final resting place of Patrick, but more on that tomorrow.


It was the kind of day which made taking photos of the steeple a delight as the sky was so blue.



The details of the steeple are great as is the railing around these graves.


A view from the newer graveyard looking towards the Mourne Mountains in the distance.


I'm linking today with  Good Fences HERE

Skywatch Friday HERE

Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

St Patrick Centre


The St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick provides an audio visual history of the Life of St Patrick.


This sculpture sits to the side of the building



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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Beyond the Daffodils...


I hope you can take a week of references to St Patrick - I decided to run with it as I do live in Northern Ireland after all!

This is a wee teaser really as we look upwards towards Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, official town of Patrick, as I hope to share on Friday.



sharing with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures HERE

Thanks for coming by!

Monday, 13 March 2017

As it's St Patrick's Day Soon...


...I thought I'd post this St Patrick mural early.  Here he is driving the snakes out of Ireland...I'm so glad they're gone!  This mural is found in Dromore, County Down.

Linking with Monday Murals HERE

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The busy bee...


This busy bee was out stocking up on reserves yesterday now that winter is waining and spring is gaining!

I was surprised but it seems in a mild winter as ours has been, bees can overwinter and forage during winter though in harsher climes, only the queen survives and  the larvae.

Linking with Eileen's Saturday Critters HERE

Thanks for coming by!

Happy weekend!

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Nature of Things...


It's been a rough week healthwise as I've been nursing sick kiddos and going to the doctor's for prescriptions etc and as is the nature of things, yesterday slipped past so quickly I was unable to post and visit many of you, so apologies for that.

Ergo... some photos straight out of the camera in a bid to cobble together a post...



Spring blooms always bring good cheer and hope!



Thanks for stopping in!

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Floral Friday Foto HERE

Tanya's Willy nilly Friday HERE

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Into the Wardrobe...


If you ever venture to East Belfast's Connswater area on the Newtownards Road, be sure to stop by
C.S. Lewis Square.  Stepping into the Wardrobe, or 'The Searcher', is a wonderful bronze sculpture by Ross Wilson marking the beginning of a journey into Narnia.


Meeting some evil creatures along the way...
Maurice Harron is the artist who created Maugrim from stainless steel

Around another bend, the White Witch casts her spell...

I was more enthralled by her snowflake cape.  It's a beautiful work of art made from stainless steel also.


 And just in case you missed him yesterday, Aslan lofitly watches over the whole scene.
(He's A magnificent 3 metre tall bronze sculpture)



Thanks for your comments!

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