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Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Beast Blows in...


Happy first of March! These were taken yesterday and you can see from our walk at the park the dark clouds were rolling in, heralding the Beast from the East, the Siberian storm  which is causing chaos in the UK and Ireland.  Today it has hit us hard in Northern Ireland. Schools are closed and my kids are thankful! I'm just thankful our power has been restored and we are warm by the stove!


The fort grounds were actually open yesterday so I took these shots to show you the old moat and embankments. New windows have just been installed.

 Below is the view towards the lake with ominous clouds!


Part of the lake has frozen over and that doesn't happen often!
Bye, bye blue skies!


Linking with Thankful Thursday HERE

Sky Watch Friday HERE


33 comments:

  1. So beautiful place. Amazing pics.

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  2. Not a lot better here -4 with wind-chill taking it down to -11. All I can say is it is bitter

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  3. Hi Christine.

    You have taken beautiful pictures.

    Groettie from Patricia.

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  4. Lovely cold photographs! I hope your power stays on, it is wild!

    Another snow day here in Lincolnshire, so my grandchildren are thrilled. We have yesterday's 6 inches of snow recycled and sculpted into three foot deep drifts, thanks to the wind blowing it in from the barley fields.

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  5. Great pictures. A friend of mine was telling me last night they were having a big storm in the Algarve as well.

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  6. Superb capture on the fort and dark clouds forming around your cold terrain! Lake looks awesome

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  7. So nice to see the frozen lake. Makes me feel cooler because it is really hot here!

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  8. I've been hearing a lot about this beast that has hit your area! Stay Warm!

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  9. It seems the worst of the winter came quite late. Hope the cold weather leaves your shores soon, and keep warm Christine.

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  10. I've been seeing a few blogs with the evidence of the "beast". Stay warm and cozy!

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  11. Thank you, Christine, for finding me through the Wordless Wednesday link up, and for following me. I have come to follow you back. Some day I would love to visit Northern Ireland, since there is Irish ancestry in my family. :) Lovely photos. Praying you stay warm during that storm.

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  12. Be safe and warm, with the coming 'Storm Emma' joining with the 'Beast'!!! Have been reading about this cold spell, you all are having.

    Here, a bit warmer weather has come, but not to stay. We aren't yet done with winter weather.

    But my son's chickens, next door, are so happy, being able to run free again, in their fenced in back yard! :-) And I am happy, to be able to go to the fence and feed them scraps again. No, I don't plow through snow, to do so. :-)

    Stay warm!

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  13. We are supposed to be getting some snow tonight too.
    That last picture of the half frozen water with snow on it is beautiful.

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  14. Wow! The remnants of an old moat with a castle. This is almost magical to me! How beautiful and full of wild history. I am so glad you still have power! I will pray that this storm will not be so bad near you.

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  15. The photos of the fort and grounds, are wonderful!!! And it is being restored, since new windows are installed. More wonderful.

    Love that your blog is from Northern Ireland. So happy to have found you.

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  16. Wonderful to see your photos. I'm glad you are safe and warm.

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  17. Remain safe during the storm. We are forecast to have a winter storm roll in over the weekend.

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  18. Stay in and stay warm. We are to get a lot of snow tonight but we are used to it so it is no big issue for us!

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  19. We got slammed last night and most of the day today. Everything is closed and the stores are all out of bread. Who knew :)

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  20. Be careful of that "beast from the east"!! That's a wonderful, descriptive name!

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  21. Glad you are all safe and cozy warm ~ Beautiful photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. I follow some farms, in Ireland, on Twitter. The snow storm is crazy!! Stay safe and warm. Thanks for linking up today!

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  23. Brrrr...that sounds and looks very cold! Take care and stay warm this week! Love the photo of the lake!

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  24. So pretty. I wish we'd get one of our big spring storms!

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  25. Beautiful photos. Do keep warm.
    I’m amused at your sayings regarding the snow...as to where it comes from and how it comes. :)

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  26. Gorgeous shots! Keep warm.

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  27. You have such beautiful sights.

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  28. Ah, sweet memories of our Ireland tour in 2012 [I have many postings from that trip]. I really like the bottom-most image. The irregular patterns of the frozen lake are neat. They form a nice diagonal leading line parallel to the shorelines; and the blue patch of sky [and its reflection] draw your eyes in the same direction. Finally, the tree branches frame the shot very nicely. Technical aspects aside, the scene is lovely and calm. Kudos!

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