Cee’s Black & White Challenge : Toys for Kids and Adults

Toys, toys, toys, it’s coming to that time of the year again when we will have to get our thinking caps on and start shopping for presents …and there is no better present than a toy, whatever age you are!    Who wouldn’t like a train set, or a  make believe kitchen.

Let's see whats cooking!

Let’s see whats cooking!

And while the big boys are waiting for their dinner, they can amuse themselves on their phones and tablets!

Something for the big boys.

Something for the big boys.

These photos were taken in Imaginosity in Dublin, where young and old can enjoy a world of make belief and imagination!

Linked to Cee’s Black & White Challenge

A Lingering Look at (Broken) Windows

Dawn’s Theme this week is Broken, here are a few broken and non-existent windows I have come across on my travels around Ireland.

Also linked to Ailsa’s Travel Theme – Broken, so I am killing two birds with one stone here!

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.

 

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