Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Flora and a Fauna!

Creeping Thistle, I think, although it's not a bit thistley except for the appearance of the flower.

Ladies Bedstraw with raindrops. There are a lot of superstitions associated with this plant.

Coltsfoot seedhead, much fluffier than dandelions. My girls used to call them 'Wind Fairies' when the breeze caught them.

Meadowsweet, which I think is so pretty. Great clouds of it grow along our laneway.

...and a snail- boy! I had trouble running to photograph him before he zoomed off!!!

Anyone wishing to view this biodiversity is welcome to visit my garden anytime they like!!
I call it biodiversity...the Hub calls them weeds. It all depends on your view point!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Flower Festival

On our August Bank Holiday Weekend, the Methodist Church in Sligo Town had their Flower Festival. The theme is a hymn, and this year it was 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' written by CF Alexander, wife of the then Bishop of Derry. She wrote it whilst staying at Markree Castle in Sligo, about the scenery here, so we all sing this hymn with particular fervour! The arrangements began outside the Church, and each arrangement embodied line of the hymn- over 30 arrangements in total, and so very beautiful.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Back o' the Bogs, Co Leitrim

A fortnight ago, in the space of about half an hour I watched as the evening sunshine was blurred by mist drifting up the valley from the lake below us, then cleared away to leave a clear view. Kind of eerie, the sort of evening when you really believe in The Wee Folk, and are tempted to cross the doors with iron, just to be on the safe side...

But beautiful too...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

The old Turnstile at the Entrance to the Gardens, don't you love the wording on Victorian objects?

A Palm House!! My FAVOURITE places in all the world!!!

So much glass, lovely lines, the promise of steamy jungley plants...

The Rose Garden- spent ages reading all the labels and inspecting every type of rose here!

Did I make a note of the names of the roses I photographed? Did I heck! But it's very pretty...
Love Pelargoniums too, I'd have dozens given the chance, especially the tropical scented ones.

Arbutus trunk- don't know how old this specimin is, but it is quite amazing.

Yup! Steamy Jungle!

So Kew Gardens has a rival for my affections now...

Monday, 22 August 2011

More Dublin...

The corner f College Green opposite Trinity Front Gate.

Dublin busses!!

Trinity Library at dusk: as you can see I haven't got night time photography sorted!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin

This Bank of Ireland, on College Green, opposite Front Gate of  Trinity College, is a beautiful building. From 1739 until 1801 it served as Ireland's Parliament.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Campanile, Trinity College Dublin

The Campanile is a landmark and much loved by past Trinity Students. Apparently the Mountaineering Society like to climb it each year!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Botany Bay, Trinity College Dublin

Botany Bay, one of the Trinity Squares, residental, with tennis courts in the center, and the most fabulous cherry blossom trees I've seen in years...or was the cherry blossom just wonderful everywhere this year?
Home to a certain persom in the 1950s whom some of us know as....Dad!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The Rubrics, Trinity College Dublin

 This is the front of The Rubrics, as seen from Front Square.
 The back...
And a corner of the roof next to the Museum Building; it was the limb of the old tree which interested me, as you can tell! None of these photos do justice to the beauty of the Elizabethan architecture, especially the chimneys.

The Rubrics is the oldest building in Trinity College, built in about 1592 when Elizabeth the First granted the Charter for a University in Dublin. The site was a dilapidated Monastery outside the City Walls.

'Rubrics' is short for 'red bricks', by which name it is widely known. Last year the College decided to empty the cellars and apparently most of the 'old rubbish' found was taken straight to the National Museum for conservation! How many of us empty our 'rubbish' into a Museum???

Further History of the College.