Wednesday 30 November 2016

Pale bellied Brent Geese (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of yesterday’s one and all filmed from my car.  Sorry about the wind that the camera picked up however you can hear my voice telling you about the thousands of birds on Strangford Lough.  Enjoy.

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CLICK HERE for Part 1.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Pale bellied Brent Geese on Strangford Lough (Part 1)

This is a 2 part series, today and tomorrow where I will show you 2 VIDEOS of all the thousands of birds on Strangford Lough very early in the morning so the lighting conditions are not too good.  I am linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

This video was taken just as it was getting light so I hope you will be able to see all these wonderful birds on Strangford Lough.  These are all Pale bellied Brent and you will heard me mention all the birds on the Lough in the video. 

I moved along the coast a bit further and  tomorrow I wil show you moe shots and another video of the thousands of wonderful birds.

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Monday 28 November 2016


These are a few images and VIDEO that I shot when I was on the Isle of Wight, in East Cowes  recently.  I am linking it with THROUGH MY LENS. 

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this small wader today and thanks for visiting.

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Sunday 27 November 2016


The heavens are telling the glory of God;
they are a marvellous display of his craftsmanship.

Psalm 19:1  

            Photographged in August 2016

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Have a blessed Sunday

Saturday 26 November 2016


When I was walking home through my town the other day, I spied this white cat but unfortunately it saw me and really came too close to photograph but this is the best I could do.  I am linking to SATURDAY CRITTERS.

Friday 25 November 2016


While I was VISITING the Isle of Wight, I saw this VIBRANT double rainbow having the VARIOUS colours lighting up the late evening sky but  I could not get back far enough to shoot both complete rainbows at same time.  However it is VERY timely for this post today to fit in with Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections as the letter is V, Favourite and Thankful. 

Newton, who admitted his eyes were not very critical in distinguishing colours, originally (1672) divided the spectrum into five main colours: red, yellow, green, blue and VIOLET. Later he included orange and indigo, giving seven main colours by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale.You can see part of the REFLECTION of the rainbow in this shot below.

There is an easy way to remember them (a mnemonic):
- Richard Of York Gave Battle In VAIN

These colours are the "VISIBLE" part of the sun's radiation. But there are many other parts that are not VISIBLE to the human eye. For example:
- immediately below red is "infraRED"

- immediately beyond violet is "ultraVIOLET" (UV)

 I am VERY THANKFUL that God in Genesis 9 v 17 gave Noah and us this promise.

Then God told Noah and his sons, “I solemnly promise you and your children and the animals you brought with you—all these birds and cattle and wild animals—that I will never again send another flood to destroy the earth.  And I seal this promise with this sign: I have placed my rainbow in the clouds as a sign of my promise until the end of time, to you and to all the earth.  When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds, and I will remember my promise to you and to every being, that never again will the floods come and destroy all life.  For I will see the rainbow in the cloud and remember my eternal promise to every living being on the earth.”  

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Thursday 24 November 2016


These are some of the birds and fences I photographed from the car at Ryde on the Isle of Wight recently and am linking it with GOOD FENCES. You will see Black headed gull, Cormorant, Herring gull and Great Black backed gull.

I am so sad that this is the last GOOD FENCE post on Tex's meme however I am delighted that Looking For Identity will be taken up the mantle.

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

The Argory Organ

As we ascend the fantastic staircase in The Argory, today I am showing you all the pieces of furniture in this comfortable first floor lobby at the top of the West Hall staircase which houses the most important  item in the whole house the organ  and you can also see in this first shot where the marbled decoration sets off to perfection the an array of early 19th century prints in gilt frames. 

 Busts of Walter McGeough Bond stand at each side of the lobby.  One  by sculptor, William Behnes dates back to 1823 and looks out from beside Bishop's organ. The other sculpture was made by Joesph Watkins in Dublin in 1866 in the last year of Walter's life. 

The crowning glory of the lobby- which was clearly intended as a living area rather than simply a way to access the bedrooms,  - is the extremely rare cabinet barrel organ that Walter  commissioned for his now house in 1822.  Built by James Bishop of London, it surviving mechanical barrels provide an unique insight into the arrangement and performance of late Georgian organ music.

A detail of the ceiling

Edith, our guide showed us a secret drawer in this piece of furniture and none of us guessed where it was, but my lips are sealed!

I leave you with a shot looking back over the staircase at the next group waiting to be shown around.

Thank you for visiting today and if you wish to view more interesting posts regarding The Argory (dining room last Monday), look in labels in the LH column of this blog, under The Argory.

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Oystercatcher and Rock Pipit

I photographed this Oystercatcher and Rock Pipit at the Long Hole in Bangor County Down, N Ireland and am linking it to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

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Monday 21 November 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - The Argory Dining Room

I visited National Trust property "The Argory" in August and I have shown you quite a lot of the house and gardens over time before however I have never shown you the Dining Room and on Wednesday I will show you a magnificent organ. If you missed any of my previous posts, look in LABEL in LH Column under The Argory.  This is the like to their property The Argory.

This is an old style hostess trolley.

They heated a brick and you can see that at the bottom of the trolley.

This is wooden box which kept cutlery in.

I am linking to THROUGH MY LENS.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the Dining Room of The Argory and don't forget to pop in on Wednesday to see the organ.

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