photohunt sturdy

My sturdy dog-walking boots, after a hard day’s tramping.

Photohunt fresh

These are some freshly unfurled skunk cabbage or swamp lantern, taken at the lake in Hillsborough forest.
bright yellow leafand tall seed stalk

Their colour is stunning in the spring sunshine, all glossy and jaunty yellow. But after a few weeks the smell they give off is pungent!

Photohunt spicy

St Georges Market, in downtown Belfast is a great place to find all sorts of interesting foodstuffs.  Here’s one of the spice stalls.

an array of spices for sale

My kids always tease me about ordering the “most random thing on the menu”.  As I surveyed my morning’s purchases – roast dulse, dopiaza sauce, feta stuffed peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, pistachio and sour cherry biscotti  and a bottle of sarsaparilla cordial – it did strike me as being particularly “random”, even by my standards!  Well worth a wander any time you’re passing by.

Photohunt Play

My favourite waste of time of Facebook….
the opening screen of Bejwelled

I have to limit myself to 3 goes at breakfast time, and this has made me late for work on more than one occasion!

Photohunt Symbolic

Belfast is certainly not short of examples of symbolism – flags, murals, peacewalls, painted kerbstones, they’re everywhere you look!

But in recent years there have been more positive changes.  And one of the themes that Belfast has found to come together behind is the Titanic.  Quite why a maritime disaster engenders such a response worldwide is a bit of a mystery, but the Belfast shipyard where she was built has realised rather late in the day that there is a tourism potential to be exploited.

The 100th anniversary of her launch was last year (31 May, my son’s birthday so I always remember it) but it is the 100th anniversary of the sinking in April which is being prepared for.

The area of the city around the shipyard has been named the Titanic Quarter, and this new visitors centre is almost ready to receive the hordes of tourists expected to visit.

It’s a stunning looking building: The 4 pointy corners represent the prows of the ships built here, and from above its a star shape for the White Star Line.  The metal cladding reflects the light in such a way that it looks like shimmering water.

The race is on to have it completed in time for the anniversary on 12 April!

Photohunt Loud

A bunch of mikes being used at a works do in the Europa Hotel.

a group of microphones on a stage

And some very loud patterned carpet.

Photohunt Point

This is the new Peace Bridge in my home city, Derry. The picture was taken a few weeks before its official opening.

the sloping spires of the peace bridge across the river foyle

It’s a curving S-shape, representing the road to peace which isn’t a straight line. And it connects the mainly nationalist city side of the River Foyle with the mainly loyalist waterside. It goes from beside the Guidlhall, scene of some of my earliest dancing performances, to a new peace park in the grounds of a former army barracks.

As well as having lovely pointy support spires, I’m amused by the fact that the word point is close to pont, French for bridge.