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.

Photohunt Heart

I had wanted to put a photo of my husband’s chest scar, after his recent heart surgery, but he wouldn’t let me unleash that on the internet!

While he was in hospital, they recommended that he take off all jewellery. So I wore his wedding rings around my neck, symbolically next to my heart, while he was there.
mys husbands wedding rings on a chain around my neck

It was a real comfort to have them so close to me – every time I missed him, or wanted to tell him something, I could just reach for the chain around my neck and give the rings a little caress.

Now, he did put them back on when he’d recovered and was out of ICU, but he took them off again for a final X-ray. And currently cant find them. The search continues, but in the meantime this photo is even more important than ever.

Photohunt Flat

The weather this week has been bitterly cold – I know it has been severe across parts of Europe. One of the local indicators of temperature is the lake in Hillsborough forest. It was frozen this week, causing the many ducks and swans to waddle uncertainly across the slippery surface.
Swans and ducks struggling on a frozen lake surface

This is one of my most common dog-walking routes. And its popular with many locals, the car park is usually full, even on a mid-week morning! It was Mini’s first experience, and she seemed to enjoy it immensely.

Photohunt Fluffy

Here’s baby dog, Minerva.

Mini the cocker spaniel

Compared to her big brother Max,, she’s decidedly fluffy! Weimaraners don’t take a lot of grooming, with their ultra short coats, but Mini’s had to have several baths, and be blow-dried with a hair dryer afterwards. My friend Marleen was enjoying making her hair stand up in a Mohawk 🙂

She’s starting puppy training class, and is a very good sitter. Now we’re working on recall, and walking nicely on a lead.

Photohunt Bliss

It was tricky to capture what bliss means to me
A large cup of tea? A walk by the sea?
I don’t like to lie in the bathtub for hours
I’d rather have showers, but not scented with flowers
But I came home one day, and what do you think –
I found this in the sink! How it made me blink!
an ashtray soaking in a basin
My husband’s been trying to give up the smoke
Like plenty of folk, so the ashtray must soak
It’s easy to start, not so easy to stop
But his heart needs an op, so they’ve now got the chop

And so now all that smell will be gone from the air

For our health we will care, and our future we’ll share

With more money and energy, full of good cheer

Hoping dreams will appear,  year after year

Photohunt circular

I often walk Max in Hillsborough forest on a Saturday morning. I gain a real sense of calm by being amongst those magnificent tall trees which have stood there for hundreds of years. There’s always something to marvel at in nature. This pattern of moss on the side of a tree caught my eye.

Circular moss patterns on the side of a tree

There were quite a few dogs around this morning, although the mood was a little sombre: earlier this week 2 huskies had escaped and were worrying some sheep, and unfortunately had to be shot. So while I let Max have a bit of off-leash time, I was very alert for any weak points in the perimeter fence.

Photohunt Bling

This one’s for sale!
Sputnik light fitting – I had this in my front room in Holywood (wow, 5 years ago). The room itself used to contain my interesting bits and bobs, and we christened it the “design shrine”. This light, with it’s twinkly bulbs and crystal dangly bits hung in there.
sputnik light fitting

But all those tiny bulbs lead to lots of shadows, so it’s not a great light for reading by. And there isn’t a suitable room for it in EITHER of my houses! So I’m about to list it for sale on a local “buy and sell” page on Facebook. What do you reckon – £20?