Orange : A Word A Week

My photos this week were both taken in our favourite childrens’ wonderland in Dublin called Imaginosity.    If you have little ones, it is highly recommended, not only will they have a ball, but you will too!

Fun with shapes

Fun with shapes

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See more Orange works at A Word a Week Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge : On the Move…By Boat

Before airlines, and cheap travel, the main means of transport from one country to another was the boat, or liner (I wouldn’t call them cruise liners as we know them today, as these liners were far from luxurious)

The last port of call for most of these liners before they crossed to America, was Cobh in County Cork (formerly known as Queenstown), and from the 1900s, hundreds of thousands of Irish people went to seek their fortune in America, and most of them never returned home, or saw their parents or family again.   This port saw an awful lot of sadness and tears.   Can you imagine what it must have been like, saying goodbye to your children, knowing that you might not see them again.   The children were off to a strange land, probably not knowing anyone, and as well as trying to make a living for themselves in a new country, they also did their best to send a little money home to their old parents left behind.    Once the parents died, there was no one to take care of their house or few acres of land, and perhaps that is one of the reasons you come across so many ruins and abandoned houses around Ireland.

Even up to the 60s, there were very few telephones in private houses, each village probably had a telephone in the post office, and the main form of communication in those days was the letter, which would take about 6 weeks to get from America to Ireland, or – usually if there was bad news – the dreaded telegram.

I grew up on a farm with my grandparents, and I remember in the mid 50s one of my aunts was leaving to join her husband in New York.  We had a  party in the house, called a ‘hauling home’ and all the neighbours called and brought a simple little gift, maybe a prayer book, or a little card, something for her to remember them by.   I suppose we were luckier than some families, as my aunt’s husband worked for an airline (TWA) so they did manage to come home every few years, but there were many others who never saw their children again.

Old pub sign

Old pub sign

On a lighter note, the boat below is one that gives a lot of happiness to children as they put their money in the slot and ride the waves!

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Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge : On the Move    and

A Word a Week Challenge :  Boat

 

 

A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Frame

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Killarney, Ireland

My photos for this challenge were taken in Killarney, and the trees in the National Park do a good job of framing Torc Mountain and the Lakes of Killarney.

The Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney

Another view of the Lakes

Another view of the Lakes

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-frame/

A Word a Week Photograph Challenge : Atmospheric

Following on from my post on the fallen trees in Currabinny Woods yesterday, I thought I should also show you some calmer photos for this week’s challenge.   Atmospheric photos of the seashore always bring holidays and sunny days to mind, and I hope you enjoy them.

Gazebo overlooking the harbour, Currabinny

On the seashore

Crosshaven, Co Cork

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-atmospheric/

Irish Beaches on a Windy Saturday: A Word a Week Challenge : Wind

These photos were taken a few months ago on Clonea Strand near Dungarvan in Co Waterford.   As you see the beach was fairly deserted, may have had something to do with the fact that the wind was blowing straight in from the sea, and it looked like it was about to rain.

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I like being by the sea, but prefer it on a calm day, when the sun is shining!

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These ball players were not too worried by the threat of bad weather

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Some seaweed left behind when the tide went out

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The wind starting to pick up

A Word a Week Challenge : Behind

For this week’s Word a Week Challenge, here are some shots that fit the bill, firstly this rainbow looks as if it is hiding right behind that tree, and I want to rush there are see if the pot of gold has been left behind!

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Rainbow after a shower

And behind this archway, is another old building which can just be seen in the background.

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Castlemartyr Castle Walls

And our walking group were all busy studying the map when I snapped this photo!

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Hiking inthe Ballyhouras

This last photo was taken in Killarney National Park, time I got a move on so I don’t get left behind.

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Killarney National Park

Ese’s Word a Week Challenge : Two

The witches are coming

Let’s make a broomstick.

Seeing as Halloween has just gone, the witches are still hovering about, and there’s still lots of peanuts, candy and chocolate to be eaten, TWO witches are definitely better than one, especially when the witches in question are my angelic grandchildren.   Hope everyone had a good Halloween.

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