From the Side : Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Overlooking Galtee mountains

We went hiking in the Glen of Aherlow at the weekend, and when we stopped for lunch after about two hours’ walking, I saw this old abandoned bench, and managed to get a side shot through the long grass and rushes.   This bench was in a fantastic spot, looking across at the very majestic Galtee mountains – who wouldn’t want to stop and sit here for a while.

Galtee Mountains

Galtee mountains

Linked to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Travel Theme : Paths

Glenaloch Walk, Drimoleague

Along the trail on the Glenalochy walk

The photo above was taken on a hike near Dunmanway in West Cork a few weeks ago, visibility was a bit hazy, but the scenery was still beautiful.

Signpost on Donovan Castle walk

George the Sky, Dunmanway

Along the way we came across this sign showing the way to the top of the mountain where an old man called George lived for many years, his house was so remote and high in the hills that he became known as ‘George the Sky’ and it’s nice to see that he is remembered.

In spite of the hustle and bustle, there are quiet corners in London, such as this old ruin of a church near Monument Tube Station, it’s St Dunstan in the East, with benches and a garden to sit and rest after a busy morning in the city.

Linked to Ailsa’s Travel theme

St Dunstan in the East : Tranquility

St Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan in the East

The Church of St Dunstan, is in the heart of the City of London with all its tall skyscrapers, and was originally built around 1100.   It is a Grade I listed building.  A new south aisle was added in 1391 and was repaired in 1631. It was severely damaged in 1666 by the Great Fire of London, which started very close to the church. A steeple and tower was added in 1695-1701 by Sir Christopher Wren.

The Church was again severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941 but Wren’s tower and steeple survived the bombing. During the re-organisation of the Anglican Church after World War II it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s.

In 1967 the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, which opened in 1970, and it has plants and benches, and a fountain, and is truly a haven for a break from stressful city life, even if only for half an hour.

Here are some more photos of the garden

 

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