In a Vase on Monday : Old Fashioned Gladioli

I am going with an orange/yellow theme this week, as my gladioli have just started to bloom, and these are the first few to show their finery, they are a very stunning colour, and last quite a long time when cut.    The flower signifies remembrance, faithfulness and honour, and is said to have originally come from Southern Africa, even though it is a flower that was very common, and popular in England and Ireland in years gone by.     The plants are very hardy – well they must be if they survive in my garden – and they return to grace my garden year after year.

I have displayed my colourful blooms in a plain blue vase with a few crocosmia, and I think they look particularly well with the garden showing through the window.

Glorious Glads

Orange and Green

Close up of theGladioli

Linked to In A Vase on Monday

Meeting Places 2 : The Threshing

I had already submitted a post in this theme, but reading the entry of a fellow blogger, Le Drake Noir, I was reminded of a great social event, and meeting place from over 50 years ago, growing up in rural Ireland.

This was the day when the threshing machine came to our farm to ‘thrash’ the corn , wheat and  barley,  to separate the precious grain from the rest of the crop.   Not all farmers had a threshing machine, as they were large expensive pieces of equipment, so the one machine would be hired out among all the farmers in the area, and all the neighbours would turn  up to help  on the day, knowing that everyone would return the favour when it was their turn to have the precious machine.

All the neighbouring children would come along to this big important day as well, and we had a ball,  the highlight of our day was playing in the chaff,  (the husks of the grain)  ducking and diving and making sure to keep out of the way of the pitchforks as the men worked hard and stacked the straw before it was put in the barn over the cowshed, and used during the winter as bedding for the cows.

All the women from the neighbourhood turned up as well, spending the day in the kitchen, baking bread and cooking up big meals for all the workers – probably a huge pot of spuds (potatoes) and bacon and cabbage – one of the most traditional of Irish meals.

The work would go on late into the evening until all the grain was safely bagged, and as a reward the  farmer would supply a barrel of porter to quench the workers’ thirst, and often someone would produce a musical instrument like a squeeze box, and  there would be singing and dancing to round off  the night, and finish off the dregs of the barrell!

Old threshing machine


Linked to Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge : Week 21

Today my friend and I went on a drive in east Cork and came across this amazing shot of a giant sized tin whistle resting against a tree.  It fits perfectly with Cee’s Odd Ball category, I think it is there waiting for the fairies and elves to come and play sweet music for the guests in the nearby country mansion.

See more Odd Balls here

Can you hear the music?

Meeting Places : Travel Theme

Most people are sociable, and like to meet up with friends for a drink, a meal, a coffee, a good cu p of tea, and of course a good natter with our friends.

Have a coffee and watch the world go by.

Here is one such place, where you can sit and watch the world go by, while enjoying a nice Italian coffee (with or without alcohol)! 

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
















The entrance to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is a great landmark for people to meet up and enjoy the great gardens, all year round.

Mount Baldo in Lake Garda, and it's hang gliders

Mount Baldo in Lake Garda, and it’s hang gliders
















Or you could take the cable car to the top of Mount Baldo, and meet up with the many young people getting ready to take a quicker route down the mountain.

 Time for some Italian Food

Time for some Italian Food – Pizza or Pasta?

Check out Ailsa’s Travel Theme for some more great meeting places

Ephesus at a Glance

Recently I was lucky enough to go on a guided tour of Ephesus, outside Kusadasi in Turkey.   Our guide was very experienced and had lots of  knowledge of the area.    We were among hundreds of tours being guided around the site, and the different tour guides all did a great job keeping their charges in tow, and not losing anybody during the melee.

Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities of ancient time.  It was founded as a Greek colony over 3000 years ago, then became a thriving regional capital of the Roman Empire, and an important centre of early Christianity.   St. Paul is said to have lived here, St. John to have written his gospel here,  and the Virgin Mary is said to have lived here in her old age.    There is also a very large theatre, where gladiators fought other gladiators and entertained audiences during the Roman Empire.   There is a lot of excavation still going on,with archeologists working hard to unearth all the ancient treasures.

We saw so many interesting ruins, a huge Roman Theater, the Library of Celsus, The Temple of Artemis, and we walked on the Arcadian Way, or Arcadian Street.   This is what went on there 3000 years ago:

This street is situated between the Harbour Baths and the great theatre. Entering from the port, traders and sailors would first arrive in this street. So it was designed gorgeous with marbel slabs and colonnades. It was constructed in the Hellenistic Period, but then was restored during the reign of the Emperor Arcadius (395-408 AD.), from whom it takes its present name.

The street was 530 meters long and 11 meters wide, and on both sides of the street there were shops and galleries, and gates in the form of monumental arches. There were four higher columns with the statues of four apostles on the top.

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Imagine, we walked on streets that have been there since the beginning of time, and have been walked on by so many people that have created history.

If you would like to read more about this ancient site, have a look at this site

A Word A Week Photo Challenge : Red

Life Buoys at The Hook Lighthouse, Wexford

Marker Buoys at The Hook Lighthouse, Wexford


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Wordless Wednesday : Are We Too Late for the Theater?

Ruins of the Roman Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey

Ruins of the Roman Theater in Ephesus, Turkey

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