Letters- Weekly Photo Challenge



Some letters describing some Barley drink or another in the Brewery in Dublin, Ireland…  I heard the Irish like it somewhat…


I also heard they have this small annual booklet about someone doing sumpthing…

The letter L- Sunday Stills

Back to normality- Ed has set the challenge of photos beginning with the letter L for this week.  http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-the-letter-l/

Let’s try…


Lantern- my photo, I made it a bit old…




Lifeguard Seat- Melkbosstrand, Western CApe, South Africa


Lily, more specifically a Day Lily


Lamenting wife statue


Loftus, the hallowed rugby stadium in Pretoria, home of the Blue Bulls rugby team… and my three sons with me there one Saturday afternoon…




Stone- Ailsa’s WTT


xxx Ailsa

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” – Tennessee Williams

“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairytale, by love.” – Ben Okri



Lichens- Nature’s paint box…


Nature’s gift- water in a small rock basin after the rain…


Heart shaped rock for Emilene because she always finds them…


Ancient stones I have visited with my wife in 2006… Stonehedge


Forgotten… Claregalway Franciscan Cathedral


Famous Stone- the Blarney…


Old, old stone to remember…



The Birds… Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Birds

Posted on September 29, 2013 by 

Last days of September and since time flies lets do birds this week. One or a whole flock, big or small, live or a figurine or statue its up to you to show your birds,  that did’nt sound right.


Near my sister in law’s house (near Sligo, Ireland) there is this beautiful park. We South Africans are amazed to see how young mothers and their children can go walking through wooded areas, and expect to come out on the other side of it alive and unmolested…  In this park there is a flock of white swans, and they create a peaceful setting for the walk:


IMG_0474I just wonder- is Ireland ALWAYS cloudy and rainy?

Multicoloured: Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme


Get your multicoloured photos at the ready because now it’s your turn to unleash a rainbow. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Multicoloured

Looking forward to seeing your kaleidoscopes of colour.

xxx Ailsa

“Look up to the sky. You’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.” – Charlie Chaplin

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.” – John Ruskin



When thinking of Multicoloured, I usually think back to all the lead glass windows in the cathedrals in Europe that I have seen over the years. Some of them are many hundreds of years old. And when the light shines through, it is beautiful to me.  And when you play Gregorian music to that, it is such an intense emotion that I feel in such places.

Window in Edinburgh Cathedral

Window in Edinburgh Cathedral

And  a rainy day in Léon, without a tripod!

Léon Cathedral, Spain- on the CAmino de Santiago

Léon Cathedral, Spain- on the CAmino de Santiago

One of the most multicoloured places I have ever been to, is Kinsale in Ireland. They know how to make a place look interesting!

Kildare in Ireland

Kinsale in Ireland

Still in Kinsale:

Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland

And finally- any Fishing harbour is usually filled with colourful boats, and people!

Fishing harbour at Hout Bay, South Africa

Fishing harbour at Hout Bay, South Africa

And totally the last one- our multicoloured Gazania flowers as seen on last week’s blog… _MG_0069


Black & White Tuesday- in an Irish cemetery….


… The church…

On the journey of Ireland in 2006 we stopped at a cemetery just past Sligo at Drumcliff.


… and the cross…


…in the poet’s poem…

ImageThe poet W.B. Yeats- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats

A Drinking Song

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

W.B Yeats

And the poem on his grave-

Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.

No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

The Angry Sea…


by Sara Rosso on August 30, 2013

Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel?


The sea does not always give them back…

Sligo Fishing harbour, Ireland


ImageWhat is she looking at?

ImageThe harbour where he won’t be coming home to…


The Angry Atlantic next to Ireland…

William Whiting ‘s beautiful Hymn for those at sea:

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea…

Let’s Visit… Ireland

How does Let’s Visit work? You take a world map, and put it against a wall. You take a dart, and with your eyes closed, you throw it. Where the dart pegs, you go on a virtual tour from the uncomfort of your own home. If you are rich, you just hop to the nearest travel agent, book a flight there for tomorrow, and Bob’s your uncle- a real tour…  Otherwise, like me, you just virtual travel on your day off.

The dart pegged in the Atlantic Ocean next to the Irish shores… I am lucky- I have been there, I have a sister in law living in Coolaney, or however the Irish wish to spell it…

First stop in Ireland: Guinness Brewery… let me tell you, the black stuff with the white head tastes much better there than across the Atlantic on the underside of the Equator! Image

I was a lot younger here, so not old enough for the good Irish whiskey’s…

Dublin also have a beautiful park worth sitting in, and feeding the ducks… St Stephens Green Image

Ireland is a beautiful island. You have to travel around it… but the Irish are BAD drivers- they have way too much patience behind a steering wheel and will wait for a car approaching two towns away…  This is the Ring of Kerry- patience is needed for Irish roads (did I say that yet?)


If you do have patience, you will eventually reach beautiful towns like Kildare…

ImageYou get to kiss the Blarney stone to have the gift of being a good speaker…


You have not been to Ireland if you did not see the Cliffs of Maher- and look across the Atlantic Ocean to where most of the Irish are living on the other side…


To go to church can be bad on a wet day, as the cathedrals have no roofs and lots of dead people buried there inside… Image The Irish lost a lot of fishermen to the cruel Atlantic ocean:

ImageYou have seen this photo here before, but here is the explanation of the statue: Image

The Irish are a nation of poets… ImageThere is a pub for every 3 Irish men, you may use the craic in any pub, but do not mention The Troubles…


Thus far I got with my own photos. But as usual- you wondered: how does an Irish girl look like?

Ireland is a gutsy rugby playing nation, God bless ’em!


Ronan o’Gara as shared by thinkwhatyoulike.wordpress.com

Finally- they have quite a lot of musicians- the home of Celtic music, and Enya and Westlife…

It is huge fun being in Ireland, if you are really, really patient behind a steering wheel!

What have I missed? The Island does have 1000 shades of green, it rains every single day of the year, and their hottest summer days are colder than our winters days…  But a lovely place…

Ladies, you just have to Google Image Colin Farrell your own selves…