Wordless Wednesday : Climb Every Mountain!

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Tuesdays of Texture : Week 13, 2017

Galtee Mountains,Co Tipperary

Hiking in sunshine

I love the tufts of grass –  or maybe there are rocks hidden under some of them – watch where you put your foot!

This was taken on a hike in the Galtee mountains in Co. Tipperary on Sunday, a very long gradual climb (over 450 metres) to a lake nestled near the top of the mountain,  The lake is called Lough Curra, and to get there we followed the old ‘Ice Road’ which was used to draw ice down the valley to the big houses, and there is still evidence of ice erosion from the ice age, close to the lake at the top.

Lough Curra, Co Tipperary

Lough Curra

Here we are, having a break at the lake, before starting down the steep descent again.  About a week ago, we had some snow on high ground, and you can still see the remains of it on the mountain side.

Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture

 

It IS Easy Being Green :WPC

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

Lismore Castle

Springtime is THE best time of the year, no matter whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere.  After the dullness of winter, it’s so nice to see the greenery emerging, and the flowers and trees showing their buds.

In our visit to Lismore Castle and Gardens last weekend, it was wonderful to see all the greenery and also the beautiful magnolias in full bloom, some even shedding their blossoms already on the green lawns.  Check out some of my favourites in the gallery below:

Linked to Daily Post WPC

Thursday Doors : March 23, 2017

This photo is of one of the doors into Lismore Castle in County Waterford, of course it’s not the main door of the castle, that door was open and I didn’t manage to get a good shot as there were many people milling around.  This castle is one of the residences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,and has been in their family since 1753.

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

The castle is not usually open to the public, except for a few charity events.   Last Sunday was one such day, and we went to a fund raising Devonshire tea in the Great Hall.  Devonshire tea, also known as cream tea, is usually tea or coffee taken with a scone served with clotted cream and jam.

The castle itself has had a lot of famous visitors over the years, including Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele Astaire was married to one of the Cavendish family, and she lived in the castle from 1944 to shortly before her death in 1981.   John F Kennedy was another visitor to the castle in his younger years before he became President.

There were many other well known (even famous) visitors, as can be seen from the visitors’ book. There is Lucian Freud, Diana Mosley (another Mitford sister), poet John Betjeman, writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, photographer Cecil Beaton and actor Dominic West.    Anybody can rent out the castle, see the link if you are so inclined, though I haven’t enquired about the cost.   We were told though that the place is rented for about 20 weeks every year!

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

old door at Lismore Castle

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors

 

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : From Below

Ardmore, Co Waterford

Looking up at the Watchtower, Ardmore

Up above you can see the Gothic style watchtower, dating back to the 1800s, overlooking Ardmore bay, in Co. Waterford.   The gorse/furze bushes are just starting to bloom and brighten up the spring days.

Town Hall, Frankfurt

Cheeky Jester

And this cheeky chappie on Frankfurt Town Hall is looking down on all the tourists!

See more fun photos over at Cee’s

 

Wordless Wednesday : A Bit Rusty!

Ardmore, Co Waterford

Rusted old crane

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 12

St. Declans Well, Lismore

Ruins of an old church

This old building, St. Declan’s Well in Ardmore, Co Waterford, is still standing after a few hundred years, and you can see from all the old stonework that it is a very interesting wall, full of texture.   The doorway seems to be quite small, maybe earlier generations were shorter than this one!

Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture

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