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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Haven Hotel . . .

                                                                                                                                                              The Haven Hotel, a one-time Malcomson holiday home at the coast.

Thursday, August 20, 2020


Much damage and flooding nationwide after last night's storm and rain,
with over 200,000 houses and businesses without electric power.
Waterford Local Radio website gave a good account of the worst of the damage in the county.
Apart from damage to flowers, branches, etc. in own garden,
a 14 metre Eucalyptus tree lost much of it's bark, part of it above.

-    oooOooo    -

“The rain thundered down so heavily that Pritam could imagine that space itself was made of water and was pouring through rents in the sky's tired fabric.”

― Stephen M. Irwin.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Something Different!

Overlooking Pladda Sound,
Isle of Arran. 

One left-click on most images will show an enlarged copy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A de la Poer castle

From nearby Clonea-Power;
off a small wooden plaque beside the Clódagh bridge.
An interesting example of Pyrography (Pokerwork)!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

A New Discovery!

Spotted this plant growing by the roadside near Tower Hill Cottages a few days ago. 
Only one was visible.

It's the first time I've seen this plant in the area.
Have been observing scores of them for some years near Clonmel train station.
Botanical name - Dipsacus fullonum
Various spellings are used for the popular name. 

Teazles were used to 'tease' or brush woven woollen cloth, so as to raise the surface fibres – the nap. The uneven raised nap was then cropped with shears to produce a fine, smooth surface.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Watering the Potatoes

Following weeks with little rain, potatoes have to be watered daily at present. 
This contractor is using two sprinklers in these fields at Curraghmore.
Water from the adjacent 'Shepherds' Pond' is used. 

The Indo forecast!

'LIGHTENING' in plenty today according to the Indo! Maybe it's light showers they're referring to, I thought, until they mentioned DIVERS going through the floods!!! You had better be well equipped!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Wild Flower

Another interesting 'find' growing on a wall in Ballyquin townland
- 'Biting Stonecrop'. Botanical name - 'Sedum acre'.
Has very nice foliage, just about visible in centre at bottom! 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Wild Leek Flower

Photographed recently by roadside in Ballyquin townland -
in a cluster of about 30 Wild Leek flowers - (Allium triquetrum)
thinking it was a white version of a Bluebell - (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Another family member went along to check it out
and said I should have examined the stem, which is triangular,
not round as I thought!
First time I've ever seen these.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Summer has arrived!

Coumshingaun in centre on mountainside;
Uisce Soluis on it's right.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Time galore for gardening!

If you've got a garden, big or small,
cocooning under COVID-19 restrictions
provided the opportunity to catch up on neglected gardening,
and to enjoy the weeks of sunshine
and the pleasure it brought.

Siberian Wallflowers
grown from seed some years ago.
Commenced blooming in January last;
still in bloom April 24th!

Grows extremely well
in shady areas e.g under trees.

If you've room and want scores of the plants,
they grow easily from seed dropped naturally,
or collect the seed and plant in different areas.

Cowslips attract the butterfly known as the Orange Tip,
An Barr Buí as Gaeilge.
Plenty of them in own garden in recent weeks.

Great for rockeries or on walls and fences
and will do well in shade also.

Bluebells also do very well in shady areas,
but need to be kept under control
or they can take over nearby lawns, etc.

Grown from a slip off a plant outside an abandoned
roadside cottage near
the bank o of the rivers Nore and Barrow,
north of the Barrow railway bridge. 

(Many viewers yesterday 28th April, including 108 views from Russia!)

If you're short of space for planting,
you can use various items as containers,
like example here with different herbs, 
also old tyres, three-legged pots, etc!

More images to follow here!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Grandson - Ódhrán (Hospital Pharmacist), now working in Critical Care
in a Birmingham (U.K.) hospital for past few weeks.
His plans to get married yesterday had to be cancelled
because of the status quo!

Saturday, April 11, 2020


Last night (Good Friday) EWTN TV broadcast an excellent hour-long programme 
entitled - "Path of the Messiah - part 2"
documenting events leading up to and after Christ's Ascension.
For thirty minutes before that the station broadcast another documentary entitled -
"Unlocking the secrets of the Holy Shroud".
A further programme tonight, Holy Saturday,
re the Holy Shroud will be broadcast from 10.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

You can view the station's schedule at the address given above,
and download it, if necessary. 


In addition, there is  much material daily re church devotions in the parish on Facebook
since the Covid-19 crisis commenced.
Just open Facebook and type in:  
Parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff
into the search box at top of the page.
Congrats to Parish Priest, Fr. Richard, on the great amount of work he has put into this project.

Friday, April 10, 2020


For the day that's in it . . . 

. . .  one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he filled with vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink.
 But the rest of them said, 'Wait! And see if Elijah will come to save him.'
 But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.    - Matthew, chapter 27

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Sign of the times!

Spotted on a Church of Scotland outdoor sign
at Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland, July 2019.
The name, LAMLASH, evolved over the centuries
from that of an Irish monk, MOLAISE,
who settled on an island out in the bay,
nowadays called Holy Island.

Sunday, March 8, 2020


Following the declining interest in FLICKR pages,
I have concluded uploading work to my own pages therein,
and will put occasional 'creative' collections on this website instead.
A short explanatory note may be added to some.
My Flickr pages contained 1,768 images, both nation-wide and from further afield,
which during the past eleven years attracted 670,413 views! 
(As of this date - March 8th 2020 -  most of that work can still be seen at:


 A much-modified old mill-wheel from near Tullahought village, County Kilkenny,
brings to mind the word 'Karma'! 

Well-known old local house.

The Shepherds' Pond (part of) on the avenue to Ballyquin Gate, Curraghmore, Portlaw,
again much modified.

In the vicinity of Marlfield village,
County Tipperary,
can be seen a large selection of trees,
usually looking at their best
in winter, if you prefer them leafless!