Friday, 9 December 2016

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

Once again I am linking to Fridays hunt and  Weekend Reflections. The prompts this week are the letter X, Favourite and Lights.  My word for X is XOCOLAATI.  What, I hear you say!  Let me explain.  That word is made up from the words ’XOCOC’ meaning sour or bitter and ‘ati’ meaning WATER or drink and means chocolate.  Here, bet you didn't know that!  However my story today is more about compassion for others that are less fortunate than any of us.  This is my FAVOURITE image.


It was my daughter’s 47th birthday when I was on the Isle of Wight a few weeks ago and she wondered what she could do for the woman of Syria and Iraq and to encourage others to do the same and at the time have fun.  What else but to have a ‘Chocolate Fountain and Fondue Party’.  She handed out numerous coloured bags with instructions on what to fill them with for ladies.  This is Gillian sitting surrounded by 40 filled bags and more to come.   


I even managed, inadvertently, I may say, to get a REFLECTION image.






When I did the letter X previously, I explained the history about chocolate and  you can read what I said about it on this post link.

I leave you with one image I took at the Victoria Centre in Belfast with plenty of Christmas LIGHTS.




I am linking with FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.


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Thursday, 8 December 2016

GOOD FENCES - Mount Stewart Photographic Weekend.

As I said yesterday, these photographs were at taken at the National Trust Property, Mount Stewart Gardens during a photographic weekend.  The professional photographer asked us to take shots of the house from many different angles and these are some of the images I took.


Although we now do not have Tex’s Good Fences meme, Thursday for me will always be that and so you see many fences in these shots.  My blogging friend Sue from Elephant Child has just toLD me that Gosia from Looking For Idenity has taken up the gaunlet to continue Good Fences so this is the link to her site and to view others. CLICK HERE.  Please support her.











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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Blooms in Mount Stewart Gardens

These photographs were at taken at the National Trust Property, Mount Stewart Gardens, Newtownards, Northern Ireland at the end of November during a photographic weekend that was being heard there. Mostly this week i will be showing you more images I took on that day.
 Enjoy.








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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY Dark bellied Brent Geese on the Isle of Wight

These are images that I shot when I was in Ryde on the Isle of Wight..  They are Dark bellied Brent Geese.  There are a few Black headed gulls among them. I am linking it with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.







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Monday, 5 December 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart Floor Being Restored.

Mount Stewart is restoring the stone floor in the Entrance Hall to its former glory.  For many years it has been covered with black and white tiled linoleum which always looked very impressive on entering the house.  This was the last opportunity to photograph the work in process and to see, one part completed, the middle area being worked on and finally the last part still intact.  The VIDEO explains how the stones were restored.


This is the Entrance Hall’s beautiful chandelier protected 
from all the dust while the work is undertaken.








If the video does not appear, CLICK HERE



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Sunday, 4 December 2016

SUNDAY THOUGHT

Is my inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to me?


Jeremiah 12:9 


Photographed in June 2013. 

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Have a blessed Sunday.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

SATURDAY CRITTERS

I took my bird group to the Belfast Wow RSPB centre and we found it practically all frozen and not many birds. These shots are not great but all I could manage in very dull conditions.  The ducks at Teal and there was a female Pheasant feeding, unusually at the feeder, a good number of other adult and young Morhens and 2 Redshank.  Other than that there were Gull and Lapwing flew overheard.  I am linking to SATURDAY CRITTERS.







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