Autumn- Welcome Autumn

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
~John Bailey, “Autumn,” a haiku year, 2001, as posted on oldgreypoet.com

Saturday afternoon stroll

Saturday afternoon stroll

Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork

Autumn in the grounds of the University

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 : 16

Here are some of my Which Way Photos for this week, taken on a recent hike in County Tipperary

time to go on down the road

time to go on down the track

Going towards the Liam Lynch monument

Going towards the Liam Lynch monument

A long way to go!

A long way to go!

Linked to Cee’s Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Vibrant Colours

Colourful Kinsale

Colourful Kinsale

Many towns in Ireland like to paint their houses and shops in vibrant colours, as you can see from this shop called ‘Stone Mad’ selling beautiful jewellery and knick knacks in Kinsale.  The pink window frames, rainbow colours and the hanging baskets add to the vibrancy and make people stop and have a look.

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This huge mural stands behind one of the altars at Chichester Cathedral, it is the Piper Tapestry which was woven in France in 1966, designed by John Piper who also made stained glass windows for several churches.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

This magnificent stained glass window is also in Chichester Cathedral, and has been there since the 14th century, and the colours are so vibrant, considering that it has survived many centuries.

Check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for more.

Jo’s Monday Walk : Up in the Hills

Background hills

Background hills

Let’s get the hiking boots on, and the walking poles, and do a bit of climbing to get the muscles moving and the heart pumping faster…and faster.  This walk is starting near Clogheen in County Tipperary, driving through the village of Ballyporeen, (population 952)  a one-street town that became famous when Ronald Regan was President of the U.S. as it was once the home of his great grandfather, and Ronald himself visited here in 1984 when he was President.

After Clogheen you drive through the village of Goatenbridge, and the walk starts not far from here, a narrow steep trail through forests on what is known as part of Saint Declan’s Way, then you eventually come out to a very welcome flat path, for about 500 meters,  before the climb starts again.

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In total the walk is about 12.5 km round trip, including a sit down for lunch, and once at the lunch stop the views are amazing.   On a clear day…..you can see forever!

Looking back

Looking back down on the Golden Vale

Thankfully, after lunch we won’t be climbing up the Knockmealdown, (794 meters)  but will start the downhill trek for about two hours till we reach the cars!

Blue skies on the hills

Knockmealdown  Mountain

Autumn hills

Autumn hills

We might even come across some evidence of where the turf cutters have been, cutting the turf (peat) for the winter.

Turf cutting

Turf cutting

And the best part of a long hike like this (apart from taking off the hiking boots and slipping in to something more comfortable) is stopping off on the way home, at a nice restaurant for a little treat after all the calories that were burnt on the climb.

Yummy roast dinner

Yummy roast dinner

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk

 

The Lace Makers of the Mountains

spiders webs in the mist

spiders webs in the mist

Yesterday we went on a hike in the Knockmealdown mountains, between County Waterford and County Tipperary.   On the way there was a lot of fog and mist, which burned off in the heat (yes, heat in October) of the day.     There were so many spiders’ webs in the hedges, looking like delicate lace hanging by a thread from the blades of grass.

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Even though the mist lifted, we could still see the low clouds in the distance, sitting over the Golden Vale between us on the Knockmealdown Mountains, and the Galtee Mountains in the distance.

It was a strenuous day, but worth it for being out in the sunshine with beautiful scenery.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Dreamy

admiring the view

admiring the view

I enjoy getting out on the hills at the weekends, well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, what I enjoy is being at the top of the hill and sitting down for a well earned packed lunch, while admiring the view and chatting to friends and fellow hikers.    And as the only way to get to the top is to climb, then it has to be done!

A little blue sky and sunshine

A little blue sky and sunshine

even when the weather is dull, the view is always worth it.

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What could be better than being on the beach, admiring the boats, and dreaming in the sunshine.

Reflections

Reflections

Oslo Opera House is a real ‘flight of fancy’ with its marble steps that lead to the roof of the building, and we can admire our reflection in the glass walls, as we stroll along.

Check out more dreamy posts.

A Photo A Week Challenge : Dead Plants

As we are heading into winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, plants have started to slow down in their flowering, and the leaves are falling.  Today we have glorious sunshine again, so there are still some flowers blooming happily in the garden, along with the less hardy ones that have already gone to seed, in fact I think these nasturtiums are on their second flowering to brighten up autumn.

Nasturtiums flowering again.

Nasturtiums flowering again.

Goodbye to summer

Goodbye to summer

The Iris and Monbretia though, are on the way to a long sleep till next year, but there is beauty, even in the dying foliage.

Check out more at Nancy’s blog.

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