The Ferry Comes To Town

Last Saturday’s outing threw in a good few light shows again. Standing watching the ferry arriving into the Liffey Channel and Dublin Port against the backdrop of a light curtain has it’s moments…

The ferry arrives... against a backdrop of a light curtain...

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Autumn Along The Liffey

I wonder how many folk have seen this view of the River Liffey? The photo was taken from the bridge just outside Straffan. For those that can remember, that’s where the K Club is situated, the place where the Ryder Cup was played a few years ago. However, I ask the question because quite a few people gave the GLW and me skew looks as they drove past. That made me wonder if they’ve ever stopped to take a look at the tranquility. I felt as if I could easily say something along these lines if they would stop… sometimes it pays to get out of your car and walk a few paces… you may see something of interest.

The River Liffey as seen from the Straffan Bridge... Co Kildare, Ireland

PS – If you’re thinking they were giving us strange looks because we were in the road… wrong, there’s a wide walkway on each side of the road…

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Foggy Nights…

The other night in the mist… we were returning from the maternity hospital after our first visit to see little Nessa and her mammy, I asked the GLW, who incidentally is the always the designated driver when we’re together, to pull over near to our house so I could get a few foggy night shots. This one works for me… I hope you enjoy it as well…

Foggy nights...

Reminder?? One month to Christmas!! Whooppee…

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Nessa the Messa…

This post is a few days in coming but I first needed the correct facts and most importantly, a photo of the young lady in her own home.

A few days ago I shared with you the great news of the arrival of a special little lady. Well, there’s quite a story to relate. Nessa, as the little lady has been named, chose a busy night to arrive. Her pappy was driving her mammy toward one of Dublin’s maternity hospitals. However, the little lady decided she wasn’t in the bother to wait for the messy Dublin peak hour traffic.

Here’s her pappy’s version of events…

“T’was a dark stormy night! A boat would be more suitable than a car for the transportation… and added into the mix was the lovely Dublin rush hour traffic! Had this child been a boy, which we knew she wasn’t, Noah was definitely going to be the name of choice. As we aquaplaned up the N11, often flirting with the legal speed limits, mammy let me know that Nessa the Messa was most definitely not in a waiting mood… she wanted OUT!!”

“At the Glen of the Downs, mammy said…

“We need an ambulance, I can’t wait anymore!”

“I gently persuaded (which wasn’t as easy as it sounds) mammy that Loughlinstown Ambulance Base wasn’t too far away and would be a good option. I managed to keep my head intact and where it best belongs, firmly planted on my shoulders! The irate ‘mother soon to be’ queried if there were no ambulances in Bray. Fearing for my life I insisted that Loughlinstown was the better option. The growling mother conceded and the great aquaplaning adventure continued onward towards the ambulance base.”

“On reaching the base I rang the door bell and was promptly met by a kind gentleman, suitably attired for the job at hand. I explained our predicament and he replied

“Take me to your leader…”

The three ambulance men went to the rescue and assisted mammy from the car to the ambulance. The plan was to time the contractions but when it came to checking things out after the second contraction the ambulance man realised there was no point setting off for the hospital as the baby had presented her head! Two pushes later into the contractions and labour was over! Baby had arrived!! In the back of the stationary ambulance which had not left the base yet!”

“The lads got to work in stabilising the situation and when all was under control we set off for the maternity hospital.”

As mentioned, these are the words of the very proud and grateful pappy. His request though, to thank the dedicated and hardworking crew who were instrumental in Nessa’s birth. Andy O’Toole and the two lads performed superbly and without their prompt and skillful response in this situation things may have been different.

As the overjoyed parents have said on more than one occasion… these services are under threat of closure so could you imagine what would have happened in the pouring rain on a cold November night if they’d arrived at an abandoned ambulance station!

Now my request to you all, would you please join in our gratitude and share this good news story! Also click here on the ambulance base link… they can do with all the support they get!

The little darling, at peace with the world! Dream on!!

A massive thanks to all who took part in this happy tale, most of all darling little Nessa the Messa, who I may add, is quietly sleeping away the days and living it up at night!! Arrived in the evening, an indicator that she may turn into a night-owl!!

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Silent Sunday – Beached Umbrella

Last week it was a wet umbrella... this week in better light! Wonder who would have belonged to this umbrella in the distant past???

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Angular – WPhotoC

This week ‘s photo pick took quite a bit of thought. Xiao challenges us to show different perspectives. If you really think of it, our modern lives are filled with all sorts of angular shapes. Everything man makes seems to have lines and angles. Nature softens things up but man can’t do it like that. If we build odd shaped buildings they are either non functional, impractical or ugly.

The gatehouse of Trim Castle... the angels don't seem quite so stark now that decay has set in a bit...

However, sometimes decay and old age soften lines and add character to once mighty edifices of angularity. This photo is of the ramp up to the gatehouse of Trim Castle. The remains of the Keep can be seen in the background. There are lines and angles aplenty yet the partial ruins add a softer touch…

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Something Random

Some days it pays to just throw in a random photo. This one is of the ancient derrick near the Poolbeg Lighthouse on the far end on the Great South Wall in Dublin. In the distance is the Dublin Docklands with the Poolbeg Chimneys framed between the bits of old wood and steel…

Metal and wood... random Dublin views

PS – Friday again… do enjoy your day and weekend… most of all, remember… don’t do what I wouldn’t!

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Happy New Arrival!!

There’s a great reason why I’m using this photo today. The two little fellows in the picture have featured on occasion here on the blog. Their good lady granny has also featured. So, that’s what you’d expect on my personal blog, is it not? Yes, it is but as of last night the lads have a little sister! GLW has a new namesake… well, almost! New GDx will be blessed with a second name that’s a combination of both her granny’s names!

On the beach... granny and lads... soon their sister will join in the fun!

God bless the new little lady and all the happy folk, parents, siblings… uncles, aunts… cousins and of course, great granddad and grandparents!!

PS – GDx? Yep, the little lady’s first name is still under debate so I’ll be referring to her good self as granddaughter x until all is resolved!

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Something Summery…

I was flicking through the albums… looking for something to keep the bright ideas posts going. Yes, something to remind us of the bright, warm days that visited not too long ago. How about something simple? Like a few starlings flying by.

Starlings on the wing... against a blue summer (almost) sky...

I’m wondering, are the lot in the front trying to get away from the straggler or is he just playing catch-up?

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Gone Fishing?

When the sea is blue and the sky is blue what better excuse do you need?

Fishing off the Great South Wall at the Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin, Ireland

Enjoy your fishing, even if it’s just figurative…

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