Tuesday, 30 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - K

This week ABC Wednesday has reached the letter K for the third time, although it's only my second.

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Here is a collection of kindling, waiting to be used to start a fire in our new small stove.

And here it is, just waiting for the match.

A warm wood fire is a joy and a delight on a chilly, windy evening!

ABC Wednesday was started by the lovely Mrs Nesbitt, visit her for the fascinating story of her klaxon!

If you want to see other entries, you can visit the Mr Linky page, or the no-comment Anthology site.

Have a good Wednesday.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Monochrome Monday

This almost qualifies as an Odd Shot, but that post is the next one down.

This is for Aileni's Monochrome Monday.

The tall seed head of a water-plant against a watery-looking sky.

Visit Aileni at Loose Ends for more monochrome shots, and enjoy!

Odd Shots On Monday

Odd Shots is hosted by Katney.

I bought a new vinegar bottle recently.
I'm showing a small picture, as it isn't my Odd Shot.
It's shaped like a light bulb.

The thing I found really ODD was the printing on the box.

It reads: "This product is for table top use only and is not to be used with electrical appliances."

See Katney for more Oddities!

Friday, 26 September 2008

Saturday PhotoHunt - View.

This week we PhotoHunters must find a view to share.
I'm offering a typical view from the Rosses of Co Donegal (Rosses comes from an Irish word meaning inlets - and there are plenty!)

For many more views, visit TNChick, who started the whole great idea.

Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - J

Here I am, running late again.

Round 3 of Mrs Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday has reached the letter J.

I've had three busy days and shortish nights, and this is the first thing that came to mind for today!

J is for JAVA.

Without JAVA my day can't start!

For more entries visit the Anthology site or the Linky page.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Monochrome Monday

This is an old print, scanned in.

Taken just over 30 years ago in Mumbles, Swansea, South Wales.

Monochrome Monday is hosted by Aileni.
Check his comments for more participants.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Saturday PhotoHunt - Road.

This week's PhotoHunt theme is

This road runs down to the stables past the house where we lived for a while. The wild patch I showed you last week is just to the right of this photo.
Also in the picture you can see Badger, our old dog who dies last month, and Tris our even older cat. The photo was taken four years ago.

PhotoHunt is hosted by TNChick. Visit her for many more takes on the theme.

Happy Hunting.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - I

This week Round 3 of Mrs Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday has reached the letter I.

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For more, visit the Anthology Site or the Mr Linky page.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Odd Shots On Monday

So I looked out of the window this morning, and there on a roof was a young man, hard at work.
The thing that struck me odd about this wasn't the way he strolled about the roof as if it were level ground, nor even the casual way he lifted himself up onto the chimney.
No, what amused me was the amount of smoke that was pouring out of the chimney! You can only see it faintly in this photo, but it kept billowing around the man as he worked.
He'll be well smoked.

Odd Shots is hosted by Katney, who's been off walking in aid of Breast Cancer Research. Visit her Odd Shot, and the comments of those who've played this week, and have fun!

Monochrome Monday

Main Street, Dungloe.

Monochrome Monday is hosted by
Aileni at Loose Ends.
See him for more.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Saturday PhotoHunt - Wild.

This week's PhotoHunt theme is

This is a small but wild patch near where we lived for a few years.

Visit TNChick for more wild photos!

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, 14th September.
(Edited to say a little more in answer to some of the comments.)
There were no fences around this small area, just impenetrable brambles and gorse bushes. There were plenty of blackberries in season - if they could be reached - and the ground dropped away suddenly and quite steeply in the centre! There were violets and primroses in the spring. There were birds, and badgers, and foxes.
All in a space no more than 100 feet a side!

Thursday, 11 September 2008


This is a day of remembrance for all our American friends.
You are in our hearts.

Although obviously not in the same league, it's a sad day also for maritime Ireland.
This morning the beautiful Irish sail-training ship Asgard ll sank off La Rochelle, France.
All 20 trainees and 5 crew escaped unharmed, but the brigantine was lost.

This photo was taken when she visited Burtonport, Co Donegal. We rushed off in our small open boat to admire her!
She was so beautiful.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - H

ABC Wednesday, started by Denise Nesbitt, has reached letter H again.

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This is a High Hedge, as it surrounds a garden raised above the road.

This is a Hydrangea Hedge, taken last March.

This Hedge is Hebe. It's very strong, evergreen, and the purple flowers have a lovely scent.

And this is Holly. It grows slowly, but will one day be a Hedge.
Now here's some Honeysuckle. This was wild at one time, but I planted it in the garden. It's beginning to grow quite strongly. Honeysuckle can make a hedge, too.

This is another Honeysuckle, a cultivated variety this time. I bought it to flourish while the wild Honeysuckle settled.

For more posts around the letter H, visit the Linky page or the ABC Anthology site.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Dragon Tattoo.

Becky has posted a photo of a dragon tattoo specially for me.

Isn't that an incredible design? I'd love to see it finished.

Thank you so much Becky!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Odd Shots On Monday - High and Dry.

I tried this earlier, but Blogger wouldn't let me post pictures.
Still, I've managed now.

This old boat sits beside the road. Some time ago it was for sale, but no-one wanted it. Now it holds a collection of flower tubs.
The nearest lake is some distance away, and the sea is further!

Odd Shots is hosted by Katney - visit her for more participants.

Monochrome Monday

Today sees the start of a new weekly meme, hosted by Aileni.

The rules are simple - post a monochrome picture.
Anything else is up to you!

This bench sits on Main Street, Dungloe. It's close to the edge of the pavement/sidewalk. A nice peaceful (!) place to watch the traffic, while pedestrians walk past behind you.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

A New Award.

Nearly two weeks ago my lovely Brazillian friend Nydia passed this award on to me. She says I'm a Kick Ass Blogger! I'm really flattered by this, in spite of the fact I've taken nearly two weeks to acknowledge it!

According to the Rules for this award, first produced by Mamma Dawg, I must choose five people and pass it on. Now this is the part I find so hard - just five people out of all those whose blogs are on my must-read list. It's taken a lot of thought, but here are the five:

Babooshka - Ramsey Daily Photo
Daryl - Out & About in New York City
Denise - Mrs Nesbitt's Place
Jientje - Heaven in Belgium
Liz - Finding Life Hard?

All these people cheer me up, teach me, and show me beautiful things. You kick ass ladies!

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Opening Doors - Final Day!

I'm running late today, but I've finally managed to post these for the last day of Jientje's Opening Doors challenge.

First is the door of a local bar - closed! Soon to be open, I'm sure.

Secondly, a door close to my heart - our own house door. This door opens frequently!

Finally, an old black & white photo I took well over thirty years ago, before the days of digital photography.
This arched gateway stood just inside the gates of a small park, beside the path.
Behind the gateway were a few trees and a blank wall.
The doorway to nowhere - or maybe to a land of magic!

I've really enjoyed finding doors for this challenge.
Thank you Jientje.

Saturday PhotoHunt - String(s)

TNChick hosts Saturday PhotoHunt.

This week the theme is


Happy Hunting!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Opening Doors - Days Four and Five.

I didn't manage to post yesterday, so I'm trying to make up for it today.

The building below used to be the chapel in Dungloe. When a new chapel was built, the old one was de-consecrated, and became a centre for the local community. Inside, on the ground floor, resides the public library and the tourist information desk. Upstairs are offices, a large computer/meeting room, and a hall for lectures, exercise classes, and anything else you can think of!

I took these photos, as you can see, on a bright day. Under these conditions I have trouble with the view screen on my camera, and the photos aren't quite straight. Sorry about that!

Now this lower picture shows part of Main Street. I wanted to show the tiny room over the entrance to the yard at the rear of these two buildings.

And through the tunnel-like entrance you can see the doorway to the little house behind.

Jientje always has lovely doors, and you'll find more if you follow her Linky.