Home Time… Reflection Time…

Is reflection time the same as time to reflect? Who knows. What I do know is that this week’s challenge provides food for though and while walking to the station on Friday evening the clock tower made me pause… and watch for a few minutes. Then I walked on and turned for one last look… only to spot the puddle…

Time to reflect?

TIME!! Click on TIME… click on the link… close your eyes… sit back… relax and enjoy!

 

 

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Friday Fact

This week, let me share a few facts about the Painted Lady butterfly.

The Painted Lady is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world, found in North America, and south to the Caribbean islands and Venezuela. In the Old World it occurs throughout Europe and temperate Asia, over most of Africa, Madagascar, the Azores, the Canary Islands, the Arab states, and throughout … blah… blah blah. Do click here to read more…

Blue... bee and butterfly! Happy fun!

Happy Friday… do enjoy your day and weekend… as always, don’t do what I wouldn’t!!

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Dublin Streets – Samuel Beckett Bridge

Continuing with the theme of black and white bridges… here’s that latter-day Dublin icon… as you won’t see it very often. I think the B&W works, don’t you?

Dublin's Samuel Beckett Bridge... as you don't see it too often... in B&W!!

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Open, Won’t You?

This is one of the cheeky robins that calls around quite often. When there’s food for them they eat away merrily but oh boy, should I forget to put any out he’s quick to catch my attention.

Mr Robin calling by for a feed... happy him!

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Sky Signs

First of February signs in the sky. This cloud hung about for quite a few minutes, allowing us a few chances to get photos. Unfortunately a camera can’t capture the iridescence as perfectly as the eye sees it.

Iridescent sky... signs of things to come?? Snow...

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Happy February!

And so it is… happy February. Yep… the first 31 days of the year have shot by. How many of your resolutions are still being pursued? You lost all the weight you put on during the holiday feasting? You settled into your new job? You enjoying 2016? All boils down to one thing… have fun!

"016 - January daffs! True... I kid you not!!

If you’re not enjoying it so far… just think of it this way. You’re in luck… this is a short month… only 29 days to go! Yep… the year is leaping!

I kid you not… daffodils in January! Happy Monday… happy February… happy 2016!!

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Vibrant Summer

Why not celebrate some of the vibrancy of summer? Surely, by doing so we’ll have a few moments of less dull winter. The shimmering colours of Peacock butterfly are enough to drive away winter’s dull grey…

A Peacock sure helps us celebrate the vibrancy of a summer gone by...

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Vibrant!

Jen’s photo for this week’s challenge instantly got me grabbing for the camera. Yep, I was busy with the paints Senior Son got me for Christmas. I agree with Jen… the grey of winter needs colour to brighten our moods. That’s exactly what I was at… using vibrant colours to create something to help brighten the place!

As vibrant as I can get... fun with paint!!

Maybe a bit garish but humour me, won’t you… I’m having fun!

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Friday Fact

The Wellington Testimonial in Dublin’s Phoenix Park is the tallest obelisk in Europe. That’s a fact. Why is it called a testimonial and not a memorial? It is said that if a memorial is erected to celebrate a person while they’re still alive it becomes a testimonial… another fact! There you have it… two Friday facts… and wishes for a happy day all in one go!

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Dublin Streets – The James Joyce Bridge

How about a bit of B&W? The James Joyce Bridge, one of many bridges crossing the Liffey in Dublin… opened on Bloomsday, 16 June 2003. Click here to read a bit more about the famous Dublin son after whom the bridge was named…

The James Joyce Bridge crosses Dublin's Liffey... a B&W look...

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Being Brief?

Sorry, yes… I’ve got a bit much on my plate at the moment. I have to apologise for being brief… but not rude! I’ve often looked at blogs that only post photos… some get many likes and comments and they’re not rude so, for a week or so I’m going to do something similar… and while I’m at it, I may throw in a few black and white photos to see how you receive them. I hope it all works as I hope it will. Just as long as there are still a few smiles to be had when you visit I’ll be happy! As always, thanks!!!

Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge... always looks great at night!!

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Beach Lights

I’m keeping with things bright and summery. Why not? I took this photo down at Sandymount Strand while chasing Holly Blue butterflies. They were flitting about the blackberry brambles and I was snapping away. I mean… spending time on a warm day down at the beach with a camera in hand can only be fun.

Down at the beach... chasing butterflies... great fun!

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Summer Loving!

To think… it’s been a full month since Christmas… and we’ve had our first full moon of 2016. We’ve also not had much in the line of a chilly winter. Even so… we’ve had a rather damp and dull winter so the sign of blue sky is always welcome. That’s why I went looking in the folders for something looking remotely summery.

I think you’ll agree… this looks idyllic! Taken in the grounds of the Maynooth College… blissful! Not quite a summer’s day as it was early October and well into the autumn but hey… it makes me feel like summer so that’s all that counts… by the way, happy Monday… may your week be filled with happy days!

Summer loving? Maybe more like autumn bliss! Taken in the grounds of the Maynooth College, Co Kildare, Ireland

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Future!

You know… this is rather an apt topic for today. Yep, today… 15 years ago we arrived at Dublin International. It was sleeting that day and we wondered what made us come from the southern hemisphere summer to freezing Ireland! But, here we still are… this is home now so our future is most definitely Irish!!

That’s the comment I left over at Ailsa’s site. Yes, our future is very much Irish now. We arrived here with young children. Now they’re all adults. Now we have grandchildren here in Ireland the same age as what our two youngest were when we arrived. I suppose it’s called life! Yes… there have been downs but mostly, at this stage the future looks bright!!

What does the future bring? Who knows... one thing though... it is always bright when you have a positive outlook!

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Optimistic!

An interesting challenge this week. Yep, in the middle of the northern winter it can often be difficult to find something to be optimistic about but a few evenings ago I went for a stroll along the Liffey. There is most definitely a sense of optimism to be seen and felt in Dublin these days. There are cranes all over the city… that spells an upturn if ever anything does. There are new, bright additions to add to the positively optimistic vibe in the city! I must say… it all adds to the happy sense for an optimistic 2016!! Long may it last!!

A sense of things optimistic is seen and felt all around Dublin these days!! Happy 2016!!

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