Wordless Wednesday : Which Way to the North Pole!

Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods

Cee’s Which Way Challenge : 30 Nov 2016

Signpost on Donovan Castle walk

George the Sky, Dunmanway

This is my entry for Cee’s Which Way Challenge, from a hike last Sunday called the Glenalochy walk in West Cork.   The sign above shows the way to the top of the mountain, and the house of George – George was an old farmer who lived from about 1900 to 1950 on a few acres right at the top of the mountain, his house was quite a few miles from the nearest village, Dunmanway, and of course he probably walked or cycled everywhere, in all kinds of weather.    He became known as ‘George the Sky’ because of the remoteness of his house.

Glenaloch Walk, Drimoleague

Along the trail on the Glenalochy walk

The walk was very beautiful, a bit strenuous, but there were great views, even if we didn’t go as high as George’s house, and we came across a lake half way up the mountain, and magnificent views.

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At  the start and end of the hike we passed Castle Donovan – a castle that has been around for almost 600 years, and is/was the seat of the O’Donovan clan.   For any of you with Irish ancestors, you can read more about this castle here, who knows, it might be part of your ancestry!

Castle Donovan

Castle Donovan

Check out more Which Way posts over at Cee’s page

Wordless Wednesday : Health and Safety?

Tree Cutting is a dangerous job

Tree cutter at work

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 49 of 2016

Castle Donovan

Castle Donovan, Drimoleague

Last Sunday we went on a hike in Dunmanway, West Cork, on a looped walk on the mountains around Castle Donovan.   This castle, also known as O’Donovan’s Castle, has been around since 1560, so it’s no wonder it looks a little weatherbeaten now!

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Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture

A Summer Visit to the Summer Palace

Schonbrunn Palace

A busy summer day at the Summer Palace

This is the Summer Palace outside Vienna, the Schonbrunn Imperial Palace.  It’s the summer palace of the Hapsburg family, and the land has been in their family since 1569.   The wife of the Emperor Ferdinand had a palace built here in 1696, and nowadays it is a very popular tourist attraction, with some of the rooms in the palace open to the public, together with the magnificient maze, the gloriette, amazing sculptures and waterfalls like the photo below, with Neptune and his nymphs enjoying the waters

Schonbrunn Palace

One of the sculptures of Neptune

There are so many different and interesting buildings and sculptures to see at the Gardens that we spent almost a whole day wandering around, taking lots of photos, enjoyed a gelato and coffee at the cafe in the Gloriette and caught a tram home, happy to sit and rest our aching feet at the end of the day.

Daily Post : Ostentatious

ornamental, colourful and expensive

ornamental, colourful and expensive

Fit for a king

Fit for a king

Some ostentatious ornaments we came across in a shop window in Italy.

Athletic : One Word Sunday

madonnade Campiglio, Italy

Hiking in the Dolomites, Italy

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