Thursday Doors : October 27, 2016

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie estate

We recently attended a wedding at the very lovely Castle Leslie estate in County Monaghan.   This is a private 1000 acre country estate in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, near the border with Northern Ireland.    The estate is owned by the Leslie family, or Clan Leslie, originally Scottish, and this is what Wikipedia says about the estate:

Castle Leslie hit the headlines in 2002 when Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in the family church located on the estate, followed by a wedding banquet for 300 guests prepared by then executive chef, Noel McMeel. This secret was inadvertently divulged to the media by Sir Jack Leslie, who notoriously remarked on live television “it’s on Tuesday, but it’s a secret”. More recently, in 2008, the castle was the venue of the launch of RAPID IRELAND (Rescue and Preparedness in Disasters, Ireland), a sister rescue charity to RAPID UK. The event was hosted by Sir Jack Leslie and Baron Oranmore and Browne, and attended by a number of ambassadors and dignitaries, including HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Throughout the years many a famous face has frequented the house including Irish poet WB Yeats, Irish statesman General Michael Collins, Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and the Duc de Valentinois, not to mention various members of the Churchill family (to whom the Leslies are related).

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From reading the above, it seems that many famous hands may have touched the door knocker!

Castle Leslie

Winston Churchill’s christening gown

And this is the christening gown of Winston Churchill, on display in one of the rooms of the castle, as mentioned above, the Churchills and the Leslies were related.    It looks like Sir Winston was a particularly large baby!

 

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Tuesdays of Texture : The Glass Ceiling

HIbernian Club, St Stephen's Green, Dublin

This is the detail of one of the ceilings in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club in Dublin, a beautiful building dating back to 1840.   This ceiling is in the card room, where our son recently got married, and the workmanship and the plasterwork make this a  spectacular room

Having fun in the Card Room

Having fun in the Card Room before the ceremony

Oh to live in such a place – you can read more about the club here, and its famous visitors over the years

 

Stephen's Green Hibernian Clun

Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture

 

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 3

St Pauls Anglican Church, Malta

St Pauls Anglican Church, Malta

Bringing back memories of a family wedding in Malta last July, and the smoke of fireworks in the air over the cathedral.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Today Was a Good Day

Today was a good day, cos I am nearly THREE years old

I woke up very early, and we were going to a very special party, a wedding party

with my Mom & Dad, my Nana, my sisters, aunts and uncles, and lots of other people

and we all got dressed up real nice, my sisters had matching dresses

and I had to wear a smart shirt and tie….but not for too long

as I never wore a tie before.

And my Aunty Erin wore a long white dress, and we were all waiting for her at the church,

and she was the last to get there

and I was worried that we might miss the party, cos after the church everyone

was kissing and hugging

and there were lots of photos and grown up drinks

and stuff like that

but we ran around and played with my uncles, and climbed and jumped

and then we went in a fast boat to the restaurant,

and at last

I got something to drink and my favourite food, besgetti and lots of tomato sauce

and I didn’t make too much of a mess

And then there were fireworks, and lots of smoke and noise

And tomorrow we are going swimming,

And soon it will be my birthday!

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Teal or Turquoise

This week’s challenge is a good one for me, as my daughter got married in Malta two week’s ago, in beautiful Valletta, and her colour scheme for the wedding was turquoise! It was a  pleasant surprise to see this challenge today!

Turquoise ribbons in her hair

Turquoise ribbons in her hair

The flower girls looked so beautiful and pretty with their turquoise dresses and ribbons in their hair, with a turquoise sky overhead.

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And next day, we took a boat to visit the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, on Comino Island, close to the island of Gozo.  Truly a trip to remember.

Comino caves

Comino caves

Linked to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

A Photo A Week Challenge : Perfect Sky

Church of Our Lady, Valetta, Malta

Church of Our Lady, Valetta, Malta

This is my idea of a perfect sky, as blue as possible, which means warmth and holidays and good times, and if there is scenery and history thrown in, so much the better!

Let's party!

Let’s party!

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Symbol

Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, and like its neighbour Italy, it is mainly Catholic, and the locals tell us that there are 365 churches on the island.    Everywhere you look there is a church or a dome of yet another church, and you can hear church bells morning and evening.

St Pauls Anglican Church

Church of St Pauls Shipwreck

The church above is dedicated to St Paul, who was shipwrecked in Malta, and is a symbol of the great devotion the people here have for St. Paul, with many churches and places dedicated to him.    This photo was taken at dusk, when there were fireworks over the church, you can see the smoke in the air.   Anyone who has visited Malta will be familiar with the fireworks and festas, which take place in some village or other every weekend, to celebrate their patron saint’s feast day.

When we were flying into Malta a few days’ previously, in the darkness there was a spectacular display of fireworks below us as we came in to land – I think they were put on to welcome us to Malta!!

Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Church of Our Lady of Liesse

My second church is another symbol of Malta, and Valletta, the Church of our Lady of Liesse, in the Grand Harbour.   It has a special meaning for us as my daughter got married there last week, so to us it will always be a symbol of love and happiness, and our whole family (usually scattered all over the world) were together in one place to celebrate.  One day we hope to go back there and remember that magic week.2015-07-01 18.46.50

Sunday Stills : White

I just got back from my daughter’s wedding in Valletta, Malta so of course there was a lot of white – especially the beautiful bride!  There was also a lot of partying, under sunny blue skies and with blue and turquoise seas, but for now, here are a few white boats we came across.

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