Sunday, 22 October 2017

SUNDAY THOUGHT

What is more, I continue to consider all these things to be a loss for the sake of what is far more valuable, knowing the Messiah Jesus, my Lord. It is because of him that I have experienced the loss of all those things. Indeed, I consider them rubbish in order to gain the Messiah.



Photographed in Costa Rica.
February 2016

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS - Mount Stewart Outing on Strangford Lough (Part 5 )

Throughout this boat trip we saw Seals either in the sea or relaxing or sleeping on the seaweed. All the seals in these shots are Grey seals although we did see one Common Seal.
I am linking this post with Saturday Critters.







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Friday, 20 October 2017

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

I am linking with Fridays’ Hunt and Weekend Reflections and today the letter is Q, orange and animal.  We will start with this beautiful ORANGE butterfly from Costa Rica and then the ANIMAL I am showing you is very special as anyone who goes to Costa Rica will know and want to see it.  I had the privilege of seeing it on two occasions during my trip to Costa Rica.
It is the Resplendent QUETZAL and although it was difficult to photograph, I managed a short video of it.  Look out for its very long tail.



If the video does not appear below, CLICK HERE.




This is my REFLECTION image taken in Costa Rica.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

GOOD FENCES - Mount Stewart Outing on Strangford Lough (Part 4)

In this first image, is another National Trust property called Castle Ward and the other shots were taken as we were approaching the town of Strangford.
I am linking with GOOD FENCES.







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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mount Stewart Outing on Strangford Lough (Part 3)

Today I will showing you winter Razorbill and winter Common Guillemot.








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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Mount Stewart Outing on Strangford Lough (Part 2)

Following on from yesterday’s post, the birds seen in this post are Cormorant, Herring gull, and Shag and I am linking with Wild Bird Wednesday.





Above are Cormorants however the rest of the birds are mainly Shag in the other images.




Tomorrow I will show you winter Common Guillemot and Winter Razorbill.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart Outing on Strangford Lough (Part 1)

Staff and volunteers from Mount Stewart enjoyed a trip on Strangford Lough to see the wildlife and hear how the habit is being managed and this week I will be showing all the photographs I took on that boat trip.







Obviously all shots were taken from a moving boat and 
on this island were gulls, mainly herring and Cormorant and Shags.


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Sunday, 15 October 2017

SUNDAY THOUGHT

I have seen servants on horseback, while princes go on foot like servants.



Photographed  in Costa Rica.
February 2016

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS -Mount Stewart Farmland (Part 3)

These were some of the cattle we saw as George, the Farm Manager took us on a 3 hour walk around the farmland at Mount Stewart in the pouring rain.
I am linking this post with Saturday Critters.





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Friday, 13 October 2017

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

I am linking with Fridays’ Hunt and Weekend Reflections and today the letter is O, purple, and city/town.  
I visited the CITY of Jerusalem 10 years ago and below is the 
The Dome of the Rock which is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the OLD City of JerusalemIt has been called "Jerusalem's most recognisable landmark," and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
The structure has an OCTAGONAL plan.
It was initially completed in 691 CE  and built on the site of the Roman temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which had in turn been built on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. The ORIGINAL dome collapsed in 1015 and was rebuilt in 1022–23. The Dome of the Rock is in its core one of the OLDEST extant works of Islamic architecture.
Its architecture and mosaics were patterned after nearby Byzantine churches and palaces, although its outside appearance has been significantly changed in the OTTOMAN period and again in the modern period, notably with the addition of the gold-plated roof, in 1959–61 and again in 1993.


 These last few images of PURPLISH flowers and a REFLECTION at the end of this post were all photographed In Israel.




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Thursday, 12 October 2017

GOOD FENCES - Mount Stewart Farmland (Part 2)

These were some of the images we saw as George, the Farm Manager took us on a 3 hour walk around the farmland in the pouring rain at Mount Stewart.  This part was walking through a wood up to the Folly and then walking through open farmland where there were cereal fields as well as cattle grazing.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Mount Stewart Farmland (Part 1)

Some staff and volunteers from the National Trust Property at Mount Stewart were taken on a 3 hour walk round the farmland by George, the Farm Manager and unfortunately it was pouring rain however George was very informative.  There are 5 tenant farmers and there are cereal crops grown as well as beef and dairy cattle keep.  This first image below is one of only a few dovecotes left in Ireland and has recently been reroofed.


We started at the farm building and I found it fascinating as within 5 years this huge area will be converted to become the hub at Mount Stewart and where the reception area etc will stem from.  It is very impressive but I huge amount of work lies ahead for this to happen.



This complete roof has been retiled with very special slates.







  
Above is a field of barley, across the path are broad beans and the following image is wheat.  Some are used for the cattle, some grass is make into silage and some into hay.





The demesne and farmland pathways are being slowly reinstated and already there are over 4 miles of different walks open to the public, however in the future, they hope that eventually there will be 20 miles.  George was showing us about 7 different seed heads and these sunflowers apart from the birds loving the seed, the public can enjoy them in the summer time.



This last image is of the old piggery which was keep well away from the house due to the smell.  The trust are now adding very study picnic table so that people can stop on their walks round the demense.

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