12 Oct 2016 1 Comment
18 Nov 2015 3 Comments
in blogging, Ireland Tags: closed railways, colour photography, Farrangalway, Kinsale, old railway line, photography, progress, railway, railway station, recycling old buildings, ticket office, Wordless Wednesday
25 Oct 2015 16 Comments
in Ireland Tags: aching limbs, Bishopstown Hillwalking Club, Cardiac Hill, climbing, health, hiking, hillwalking, jaunting cars, Killarney, Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House, nature, scenery, scenic Ireland, sports, Torc, Torc Mountain
Killarney is a beautiful place, it has the Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, and Killarney National Park, which consists of about 4 300 acres, with many wild deer roaming the hillsides. There is also Torc Waterfall and Torc mountain, and many other attractions in the area.
One of these ‘attractions’ is Cardiac Hill, a very steep climb made of uneven stone steps, in all we counted over 3000 steps to get to the top….there is a rope barrier to hold on to, if that is any consolation, and you will probably be completing this course in silence…the exertion of climbing and breathing will not leave much room for anything else.
Still, we persevered and the views at the top were worth the climb, apart from the aching legs next day, that is!
This climb doesn’t bring you to the top of Torc Mountain, in fact I think the trek up to the top of Torc is easier than this one, as it is more spread out with gentler climbs.But that’s for another day!!
22 Oct 2015 3 Comments
In photography, Aspect Ratio is something that I had vaguely heard of, never used much, (except maybe by accident when editing photos – but I admired the look of it in other photographers’ work. Now thanks to a great post by Luvo Photography – What is Aspect Ratio and How to Use it – I picked a few of my sunny September photos and played around with them – hope you like the result.
19 Oct 2015 17 Comments
in blogging, challenge, Ireland Tags: balls of wool, Cee's Odd Ball Photo Challenge, craft, craftsman, faeries, fair isle design, fairies, Ireland, Kenmare, knit one, Knitting, knitting needles, miniature
I was in a shop near Kenmare, in County Kerry this week, and saw this beautiful hand crafted piece of knitting in a frame, complete with little needles and tiny balls of wool – the frame is only about ten or twelve inches high, so this little piece must have been made by teeny tiny hands, maybe even by the fairies! Wouldn’t it be the perfect present for a keen knitter?
Linked to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.
18 Oct 2015 1 Comment
in challenge, daily post, Ireland, Scenery Tags: amazing scenery, challenge, extraordinary, grasses, greenery, Ireland, mundane, nature, ordinary, patchwork fields, rolling hills, scenery, visitKenmare, weekly photo challenge
Mundane and meaningful objects
Beautiful everyday things
I enjoy being out in the countryside, enjoying the scenery and nature in general. The things that make up beautiful scenery can be the things we see all the time – grasses, a few plants, a tree or two, a stream, sunshine, some patchwork fields and hills. If you take each item on its own, it can be ordinary and mundane, but put them all together, or let nature put them all together, and you have something EXTRA ordinary.