Cee’s Black & White Challenge : Candid

Hiding among the many sculptures at Vigeland Park

Linked to Cee’s Black and White challenge

Travel Theme : Strong

Ailsa has picked the word Strong as the travel theme for this week, and my picture shows an old army Land Rover, a brand well known for its strength and reliability, while in the background you can see the big liner being guided and dragged out to see by little tugs, which are far smaller than the big boat, and far stronger, it seems.

Old and New

Old and New

This old tractor has done a lot of work in its day, it was a faithful workhorse in the Jameson distillery at Midleton, and carted many casks of whiskey around the town, before being retired and replaced.

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Linket to  Ailsa’s Blog – Where’s my Backpack


Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance

For exercise, we all like to do things occasionally that test our endurance, whether it is running a marathon,  or even harder again, taking part in a triathalon, swimming or walking or climbing high mountains.   My own particular form of torture exercise is hillwalking, and there have been times when the hill in front of me has seemed very daunting, but faced with the choice of turning back half way through, or continuing on, most times the upward option wins out, and I eventually get to the top…sometimes vowing never to try again!   Here are some photos taken on a hike of Galtymore, in County Tipperary last year.


Linked to WPC : Endurance

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Buildings

I have come across some very different buildings when looking through my virtual shoe boxes – like this beautiful photo of the pyramid at the Louvre, all glass and metal and sparkling with the sun shining on it, and a big contrast to the old stately buildings behind it.

The glass pyramid outside the Louvre

The glass pyramid outside the Louvre

Paris and the Louvre is very different from my next building, a sad neglected house in the older part of Cork City

Sad and alone

Sad and alone

There are also some modern, well loved, buildings in the heart of the city.

City Hall bridge

City Hall bridge

have a look at some more buildings over at Cee’s great blog

Wordless Wednesday : Why I Love September

Boats at Drake’s Pool, Crosshaven, on a sunny September day

Travel Theme : (Beautiful) Noise

There are lots of different types of noise, harsh, serene, soft, loud, whispering, and even busy pictures have a lot of ‘noise’ about them, and this week Ailsa from Where’s my Backpack asks us to show some noise!

I spent the past sunny weekend in a beautiful part of Ireland, Derrynane in County Kerry, a place well known to tourists if they have travelled around the Ring of Kerry.  The place is very peaceful and the only noises are waves gently lapping, sbeep baaing, people laughing and chatting as they enjoy the beautiful scenery.   I hope you like the beautiful noise that comes from County Kerry.

Windows With A View : A Word A Week Photo Challenge

Here are some windows from my recent visit to Blarney Castle, they are so old that the glass is long gone, (if there ever was glass), but give a great view on the grounds below.   Check out some more posts at Sue’s blog.

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