December 29th, 2019
Visited Inch yesterday -A fantastic place. The castle is thought to date from the Fifteenth Century and was ruinous by 1600. It still has a vaulted ground floor chamber and steps within its thick walls which open onto the remains of the great hall, which has fantastic views out over Lough Swilly. Its a great place for a picnic. On the hill behind is Grianan of Ailech thought to date from the Iron Age and restored in the late nineteenth century, another place full of atmosphere.
December 28th, 2019
A walk in town this Christmas Saturday. This stone is one of many strategically located around the town and surrounding countryside as part of the Derry Donegal landscape project of 1992. Artist Marco Pogacnik erected these 'like acupuncture pins in the landscape' to restore 'natural balance to a region destroyed by centuries of development'. Each stone has a unique 'cosmogramme' inspired by the surrounding landscape.
December 27th, 2019
Time to get out and blown about. I love Cooley above Moville in Co. Donegal. Early monastery, high cross, 'skull house' and fantastic views.
December 24th, 2019
Happy Christmas Eve. This is St Brecan's Church in St Columb's Park in Derry yesterday. I have visited this park over many years and never noticed this view through the trees. Perhaps it was the low winter sun.
Happy Winter Solstice Day. This is Newgrange Co Meath, which on mornings around the winter solstice- if it isn't too cloudy- a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated. Newgrange is thought to be over 5,000 years old, It was excavated and restored between 1962 and 1975 and is now part of the Brú na Bóinne wolrd heritage landscape.
This is the Blue Bicycle coffee shop in Neston South Wirral. A warm welcoming place with good food. Santa has arrived early to try out the bike.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.