Thursday, 29 May 2014

GOOD FENCES - Antrim Coast to Donegal

These photographs that I am showing you today are to go along with Tex's GOOD FENCES meme and are ones that I did NOT show you previously while taking you on this journey up the Antrim Coast to eventually arrive on Tory Island.  I am not going to explain any of them because if you have been following my posts this week you will understand them from Tuesday's post, that is until you see a pink bike!!




















Now let me explain.  Firstly, I had just crossed from Northern Ireland to Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and I did not know that this area was a Gaelic speaking area and all my directions (given to me by Irish people) where in English, however all the town/village names where in Irish!!  Oh dear and I have no sense of direction so it was difficult! 


Then I saw my first pink bike, then another and I thought what on earth is going on!  Passed through another village only to discover they had pink bunting decorating the street and every house had something pink in their front garden, even the pub (which I did not get a shot of) was painted pink!.  I stopped to ask and they told me that the bike race, Giro d’Italia was passing through their villages.  Now I understood and they had made a tremendous effort to encourage the  riders.  You will notice there there are more stone fences in Donegal than in my part of N.Ireland.  Enjoy the fun.













In reality there were many more bikes however I was trying not to cause an accident as I photographed these from my car.  As you can see, this is the entrance to the National Trust - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and if you are BRAVE enough to follow me across, you will see the photographs this Saturday.  Please don't chicken out!  

I am linking this post to GOOD FENCES.

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51 comments:

  1. Hi Margaret, a beaut lot of lovely fences of all types with scenery as well.
    Absolutely love the pink bike, tractor etc support shown by the villagers - a lot of fun and colour :D)

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  2. Love the fences - and the pink perfection. How could you not smile at that?

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  3. Hello Margaret, wonderful series of photos. I love all the birds perched on the fence shots. The pink bikes are fun, love the color burst.. Beautiful scenery and post.

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  4. Wow they have made a fantastic effort indeed. Now this part of Ireland I can say I have been to and of course your bird close ups are magic as is the country.

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  5. What a beautiful, scenic coastline! I love your bird closeups and all those pink bikes and tractors!

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  6. Hi Susan, EC, Eileen, Lynn and Karen

    Many thanks for all your comments and I am glad you are all still journeying with me on my trip I am glad the 'pink' bikes etc made you smile.

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  7. How wonderful!! I am so enjoying your trip and tour that you're taking us along on....I would dearly LOVE visiting Antrim County.

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  8. Lovely scenic shots Margaret - what a stunning place to walk. I love the pink bikes and tractors. A great post :)

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  9. I'm surprised that bird found a comfy spot to sit on that barbed wire. I'm loving all the pink, especially the bike hanging high on the wall.

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  10. Delightful post . . . wonderful photos Margaret . . .

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  11. Oh, my. I loved the bird/fence shots so much...didn't think I could love anything else so much and then scroll down and find all the pink. It is wonderful. Really enjoyed this.

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  12. Wow, I love all those bicycles! The fences are lovely, too.

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  13. Lovely post! My husband's family comes from Donegal- I would love to visit there someday. The scenery is amazing, and the bird sitting so delicately on that triple barbed wire fence...ouch! if he doesn't sit just right!

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  14. Wow; what a variety of fence and scenery♬♬♬ Yes, the pink bicycles are MOST attractive♡♡♡

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  15. Beautiful pictures. Love the birds and they are very brave to be standing on that barbed wire fence!

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  16. So many great photos in the post today, Margaret. That poor little bird has to land carefully to avoid getting its feet poked by the very barbed wire!

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  17. Brilliant photos! Loved the always pretty birds and those pink bicycles and others were so interesting. This is such a picturesque area. I have the daughter of one of Gregg's cousins who is in Dublin right now on her way to look at the Book of Kells.

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  18. I especially love your photos with birds on fences. Great closeups of the birds. Someone once said you can do ANYthing you want, but not EVERYthing you want. I really want to become a bird watcher, but I have so many other interests, I haven't gotten around to it.

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  19. the pink bikes are neat, but i LOVED the pink tractors! :) thanks for explaining all the pink.

    as for fences, i just love rock fences and walls. and europe has some of the most serious barbed wire i've ever seen! :)

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  20. Thanks for sharing these image. I love the pinks. And the birds of course!

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  21. That takes some true skill for that bird to land on the barbed-wire fence! Many great fences and what is nice - none of them obstruct the view. I love seeing the sheep in the background of your first bicycle image. How thoughtful (and creative) of the village to encourage the bike racers in this way!

    Visiting from Good Fences #10
    ~Lindy

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  22. A wonderful tour... You photos are great ... The barbed wire is not any that I have seen before...

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  23. Cracking images of the Stonechats Margaret. I watched the Giro on the TV and there was lots of support for the riders as they passed through the various towns and villages.
    Be careful on that bridge now!!...[;o)

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  24. The pink bikes are great! And I'm really enjoying all your photos - the scenery is spectacular.

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  25. Sweet little birds perched on some wicked-looking barbed wire.
    I love the pink markers to welcome and encourage the riders.

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  26. This is an amazing collection and very different. That barbed wire is very threatening to me! The stone fencing is impressive and beautiful as well.

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  27. WOW!! Your photos are stunning. I Just love the little bird in your first photos.. And they just kept on getting better from there. Thanks....

    Hugs~

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  28. Oh my I love all the pink! Beautiful photos as always Margaret.

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  29. Thanks for a wonderfully colourful post Margaret. I lost count of all the fences you found too

    Super Stonechat pictures as well.

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  30. Now, I have one more reason to love you {in a non-psycho way :) }and your blog - you posted so many bicycles.
    My goodness, everything is so green.
    I am envious, in a good way :)

    I am certain my bobtail would to stay at the 'sheep hostel' :) :)

    Peace :)

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  31. love the birdies ..and, the bikes for the Giro are lots of fun....

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  32. Your photos are all gorgeous, Margaret! I love the fencing, the birds, the scenery and all the pink, too! I will have to try to get caught up on some of your posts. I've been so busy lately and am way behind on blog reading. Hope you are having a nice week! Take care.

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  33. Wow, all this pink stuff is totally cool! It makes me wonder, why is there hardly any pink around anyway?? I especially love the pink tractor, that took some work! LOVE your first two pictures, even the bird's little claws wrapped around the barbed wire...you always get the details!

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  34. Oh what great photos! The birds and fences...especially the fence that looks like it's going out into the water...are so beautiful. Then they just kepting better after that. Love all of the pink bikes and tractors!!

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  35. All tour photos are beautiful! I love the birds! Have a nice weekend!

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  36. Thank you for all the wonderful photos of Ireland, birds and fences and colorful bikes. It is a cool tradition painting the bikes for a race. Those photos were a reminder of my trip to Ireland back in 2001.

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  37. You birds shots were so precious, I wonder how they manage to keep from poking themselves on the barbed wire though.
    What a fabulous country Ireland is, This is the only country I've ever wanted to visit. It looks so lush and green and all those stone walls are just amazing and the ocean. Then you top it off with all the pink bikes and tractors and such, how fun was that. Truly enjoyed your entire post.

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  38. Super views of the Irish countryside, fences, wall and the bikes.

    I have only ever visited Southern Ireland in the 70's and I don't recall getting lost but I guess we had a good map!!

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  39. What a beautiful little bird and such lovely countryside! Loving the pink bikes...and other things.

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  40. What a tour you gave us! We watched the race through Ireland on the TV so it was nice to see the pink bikes on your post.

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  41. Such an action packed entry, so many beautiful things to look at!! Seems there would be a more comfortable spot for those precious birds to hang out!!

    Love, love, love the pink bike! I may have to make me one of those in purple!!

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  42. There's a lot of pink! I adore your pictures with the birds sitting on the fence - so cute!

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  43. #7 shot is just specular. wow!! gorgeous! i love all the pink items. too fun. ( :

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  44. More wonderful scenery photos Margaret and great fences. I love all the pink bikes etc.

    Felicia

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  45. Great post to feature on Good Fences for sure!!!!! I can't get over all of the pink bicycles --and other things painted pink!!!!! So colorful...

    Love the little birdie in your top photo... Such a cutie.
    Hugs,,
    Betsy

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  46. What an amazing post! Your photos are amazing.... Love..love..love the pink!

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  47. So many great photos!
    Isn't it interesting how the little bird can perch on the barbed wire?

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  48. My personal favorites are the fifth and seventh image in the wonderful series of images.

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  49. Oh my goodness, fences and lovely views galore! Tremendous beauty all around, and the pink is just a splash of happiness! Thanks so much!

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