Friday, 28 April 2017

FRIDAYS' HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

Time to join Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections and the letter today is Q, Favourite and Evening.  When I was down at my old caravan, one day I went and visited the QUAINT QUOILE Countryside Centre and apart from the lovely garden you see below and the many walks, there is also this QUOILE Castle.




When this castle was built just after 1600, the river flowed right up to the castle as the river was a lot wider in those days.  It is of rectangular shape and has 3 floors with the windows high up to withstand any flooding.  It is thought that Captain West and his family and ancestors lived there for over a century but in the 20th Contrary the South wall fell and was not able to be repaired.



The QUOILE River has a hide and so I made my way there and meet another birder who had brought another man with him (below) who was looking after his dog for him.  It turned out that this man was 96 years old and walks miles everyday.


It was QUITE a dull day as you can see but there were Swans, Godwits, Coot, Moorhen, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Tufted, Mallard and Goldeneye ducks as well as Cormorant and the usual gulls.


As the EVENING draws in, the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland are just visible in the distance in the image below and you can see the REFLECTION of the sky colours on the water.


Many thanks for visiting and also for leaving comments.

17 comments:

  1. Ninety six and still walking miles each day? Congratulations to him, and I wish I could share his genes (and determination).

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  2. Your last picture is glorious! Even the cows are spellbound by the sky! Not much left of the castle. Wonder why the wall fell, because those castles were built so think and strong.

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  3. Très bel endroit ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  4. Hello, gorgeous scenes and sky. I love the cute dog too. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. The last picture with the sunbeams is gorgeous.

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  6. Your last photo is just wonderful!

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  7. wow--- that last shot is really fantastic.

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  8. What a wonderful place to visit - the garden looks very peaceful and serene. I would love to have a bird hide like that near me - definitely a great place for photography!

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  9. Looks like a fascinating place to visit Margaret!

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  10. Love that last shot! I am impressed that someone still walks miles at 96.

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  11. Hi Margaret, I liked everything here, but the 'evening' picture was the best!! The castle has a very pretty garden. The old 1600 castle looked a lot like "Blarney Castle". You need to find or manufacture a QUOILE stone for the tourists.
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  12. ...what a delightful place.

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  13. Times have changed. Now, water can flow in from above instead of underneath.

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  14. Marvelous scenery, and the old castle is a magnificent structure. Great place for birding too. What more could one ask for. Thank you for sharing Margaret, your photos are great.

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  15. What a great place to visit. The gardens are gorgeous. I cannot imagine living in such a solid home as a castle. It would be fun to have a place to watch birds without scaring them. Hopefully, we'll be as active when we are in our nineties! Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Have a great week!

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