Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Taken about a week ago, it's life, and that of many others, was short lived,
due to the weight of the recent snow 

Fortunately, all nearby miniature ones survived!

-    oooOooo    -

I am pleased to say I was able to visit places associated with
while on a holiday in Cumbria a short few years ago.
More about that another time.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Three days after the heavier snowfall of Wednesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 1st:  

Marion O'Neill & Breda Gorman enjoying a walk in Malcomson Square,
after being house-bound for some days.

The former Mayfield House and Tannery Lodge.

Malcomson Square

Malcomson Square

The Green Island bridge abutment, with St. Patrick's Church at centre top.

St. Patrick's Church from |Bridge Street.

The river-side walk.

Mallard on the riverside walk, anticipating food.


                                                                                                                                                        Shortly before midnight last night, March 3rd (2018), the number of page-views on this site passed the 200,000 mark, and from six months after the launching of this website they came from 130 countries. All statistics  for the previous six months were lost in a computer crash. These records have to be viewed daily and recorded.

In the last seven days, page-views from the top ten countries were as follows:

Canada - 197;  Ireland - 187; Ukraine - 128;  Russia - 106;  USA - 57;  China - 14; U.K. - 12;  Germany - 7;  Australia - 4 and France - 4.

Browsers used during past week were as follows:
Google Chrome - 50%;  Internet Explorer - 21%;  Firefox - 15%;  Safari - 7%  Opera - 1 % and Bing Preview - 1%.  Other browsers at less  than 1%.  These statistics vary considerably from the statistics for 'all time', when Internet Explorer was the most popular browser @ 31%,  Chrome @ 29% and Firefox @ 23%.

These statistics, and even more, are all available to the site owner at the press of a few buttons!
The ever-changing page-views counter can always be seen near bottom right side of the opening page.  

The graphic accompanying this 'post' shows Clonagam Church early on December 21st, 2012. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018


The scene has changed considerably . . . 

Little hope of heading out today. 
Height of snow on this table is 23 cm (9 inches),
and still snowing. 
Drifts, all over the place, are at least one metre high!
A short while later it was 28 cm (11 inches).
That was hours ago, and it never stopped snowing since!
Drifts in parts of the S.E. are now reported over to be up to and over two metres high.
Latest warning says further NEW heavy snow arriving along East coast tonight.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Robin in February . . .

This guy follows me endlessly around the garden
and will come into the kitchen if and when he's allowed!
He has  a less-assertive companion; male or female I don't know,
as they look identical!

His favourite food is uncooked Flahavans' Porridge Oatlets,
which he demands a few times each day!
This photo taken on Feb. 21st last. 

The February 28th Snow, 2018.

Not as heavy here in Malcomson Square, Portlaw, as expected,
and melting rapidly at this time (11.00 am approx.),
due to sunshine and gritting.
Like 'your's truly', Teddy O'Brien, pictured above,
was wearing Yaktrax on his shoes,
both of us having acquired them in 2010 for future use
and not used until today!
By strange co-incidence another photo of Teddy was the first uploaded
to this site on Monday December 27, 2010.
A copy has now been positioned hereunder.

Mikey O'Sullivan was also out for some shopping
and is seen here outside the long-defunct
Mayfield Lodge. 

Over three hours later, the snow was falling heavily
and then stopped.

Storm EMMA and blizzard conditions to arrive about 4.00 pm tomorrow, Thursday,
when, it is recommended, that EVERYONE should be indoors,
until mid-day Friday.
Workers to be allowed to be home by 4.00 pm
and driving to be 'suicidal' from then until Friday,
due to the forecasted NIL visibility!

Next Day - March 1st:

Footprints of numerous birds outside our back door,
where a variety of food awaited them today,
including seed, peanuts, suet balls,
and some uncooked Flahavans' Porridge Oatlets.