Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 to all,may it be healthy,peaceful and productive!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Seasons Greetings 2010!

Wishing everyone out there a very happy Christmas and New Year,stay safe and warm!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This is what I had to walk through for around 20mins.yesterday from home to the hairdressers to get a haircut and colour for Christmas!More snow due to us during tonight/tomorrow Mon. I think people are generally fed up of the white stuff now as it is curtailing activities everywhere.
On a more tragic note a young girl died here yesterday while sledding down a steep hill and crashed into a large tree which killed her instantly,freinds who were with her survived with injuries and are hospitalised.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas festival is held in Cork City on an annual basis and is really drawing the crowds! The crisp cold air and snow and frost has only added to the atmosphere too. Here the Presentation Secondary School Choir joined our local soprano Cara O Sullivan for carol singing on the Grand Parade. The choir recently won the All Ireland School Choir competition in Belfast.
It was getting dark when I arrived so photos are not great though they get better further down the post!

Inside the Santa Village with a snow machine causing the flurries of snow to fall!
These Moose look real I think!
Inside the Santa Village!

Night sky over Cork on the Grand Parade during the Spirit of Christmas fest which brought people from far and wide to visit the open air markets and food stalls on the street.
This the known as the "counting house" of the now closed Beamish and Crawford Brewery which has been transformed into a Santa Village for the season. The house itself is a Tudor style and really lends itself to the Christmas theme I think as it is like something from the Dickens era! Admission to the "village" is 2 euros with free lollipops! and lots of photo ops.!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Walking in the sunshine!

Today I took advantage of lovely blue skies and sunshine to get out for my walk which I have missed these past two days owing to freezing temps.and icy footpaths which are hard to see in the dark,which is the usual time I manage to get out!
The little girl I mind was at home sick so that gave me a free morning to stretch my legs and excercise! The temperature is due to fall to -8 tonight with rain and wind forecast too so we can expect slippery surfaces tomorrow! We are not as badly off as the east of the country though as snow is falling fairly heavily there and all sorts of problems are being caused to transport both land and air.It used to be that rain and wind was the bane of our lives here in Ireland but now I would take the rain anyday,at least we can get out and travel around!At least the local councils seem to have the gritting and salting of main roads under control so all is not lost.

Patches of ice and snow still lingering during the day.
This is the Lough a lovely place to walk around and this morning it was mostly frozen over though not as much as last year when skaters took their lives in their hands and skated on the surface!See photos from last January on my side bar!
Sorry for the blurry picture!
It pays to obey the signs!
Spotted these geysers/fountain type things this morning,must be to keep the water flowing for the birds like a kind of oasis for them in the frozen waters!

The Christmas Crib waiting to be unveiled where it will be complete with the full size figures and lighting.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

33 days and counting..................

More Christmassey images from my locality...................
Bright November skies in Cork City this morning (Sun.)
This fibre optic type Christmas tree changes colour to ring the changes at our local garden centre and shop.
Santa s band belting it out at Hanleys Garden Centre and seasonal shop!

Lighting up the night sky!

Our local garden centre and seasonal shop all aglow for the season!
My youngest daughter in her work uniform last week! A special day was held where she works part time in Mothercare for parents and young children where Early Learning Centre toys were on display for the day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is coming....................

Its getting close to Christmas and that begins for me by collecting my "picks" to arrange a few potted pleasures to give as presents!I purchased these little beauties from Beech Hill Garden Centre where they have just received their stock for the season so there was plenty of choice.I have to wait until the real christmas trees start arriving into the garden centres so I can go and collect the tree cuttings for free and pick some berried holly and ivy from a well sourced wall in my locality to complete my arrangements!
My very old Christmas Cactus is in bud,too early as usual but I will enjoy it while it lasts!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Even more photos!

The Hard Rock Cafe Prague,where we enjoyed a nice meal served by a waaaaaaaaay happy staff member!!
Thought of a blogger friend Catherine when I spotted the name!
Hop in and enjoy a guided tour of Prague centre in this beauty,one of many available!
Old Town Square during the food fair
The very colourful Old Town Square with the cabins in the centre during the food/drink/craft fair.

Old town square with Tyn Church

This glass building is referred to as the dancing lady as this is what it resembles apparently!
Me enjoying a flambe drink of wine in a gargantuan glass!Goldfish not supplied!
Best cafe I was in !A few steps from our hotel,The Grand Cafe Orient at the Black Madonna House,on the first floor accessed by lift if you must.
Statue of the Black Madonna on the side of the cafe
Cubism museum under the cafe
We spent one evening here listening to great jazz,the flyer describes the club as"a very unique location situated in a historical subterranean vault built in the xv.century"!We sat upstairs on what seemed like scaffolding holding up our floor,it was dark and full of atmosphere,drinks were very cheap and table service too,whats not to like!
Jazz greats on the wall

Lovely cafe at the end of our walk over Charles Bridge towards Lesser Town,sheepskin rugs over the chairs to keep customers warm,plenty of overhead gas heaters,a great photo stop,but a little on the expensive side for our coffees and apple tarts with ice cream!
Sitting having coffee my favourite passtime in Prague or anywhere!
View from terrace of Cafe Marnice
Cafe Marnice looking up at Charles Bridge
Me enjoying a little sample of Miedovina,a warmed honey wine,at the food stalls on the Old Town Square which happened to be there for the week only!
Looking upwards at the Church of St.Nicholas on the Old Town Square
Ceiling of Church of St.Nicholas on Old Town Square
Interior of St.Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square,classical recitals and concerts are regularly held here.
This is the plaque on a creepy looking statue outside the theatre where Mozart premiered his Don Giovanni in 1787!

Side view of statue
The statue from the front,faceless!