Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grand Canal Lock, Kildare

This is one of the many locks on the Grand Canal it was on a quite country lane south of Prosperous/Clane* If you look again at the top picture you can see this guy, I think he said his name was Frank. If you look again and look closely along the road, the tiny fleck of white his wife, is the reason for his wait, its true the secret to a long life together is some alone time:) This was not posed etc, he was comfortably sitting like this when I stopped.
Also if you open the picture by clicking on it you can see a barge on the left hand side of the canal, this is being used to store material dredged from the canal. The other side of the bridge, I don't know if this was the original type of bridge that was here in the past, but I cannot imagine that the Barges could be too highly loaded. *These two places are neighbouring villages and the local witticism sometimes repeated to visitors, "the place where a Prosperous woman can meet a Clane man", where Clane and Clean sound similar in a strong country accent.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

HMS Bounty, Visits Galway

The most photographed ship in the world visited Galway this week, I only found out by accident and hadn't a camera with me*. This is one of two that was used in the 1960 movie with Marlon Brando, it was also used as one of the ships in the Pirates of the Caribbean.
These were taken with a crap mobile*.
* I fell and broke my camera, its going to cost the same price as a new camera to fix, this is the second camera lens that I broke this year. :( ....I also broke my mobile.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today is Arthurs Day, Happy Arthurs day to you

Guinness are promoting today as Arthur's day, the day that Arthur Guinness signed the 9000 year lease to establish Guinness Brewery in Dublin in 1759. So Guinness want people to celebrate by raising a Guinness at 17:59 today. The picture is a Mosaic of Pics I have taken, its A3 full size

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Paz's Law of Relative Distance

Basically its as follows, the distance between two absolute points is relative to where you're viewing them from. There is no need for hard mathematical equations to explain this phenomenon, it is easily proved where one Inch can equal 2 Kilometers (see Below), yet further along the road the observer might notice that one Inch may be equal to 3 Kilometers. It is also a proven fact that the distance between 2 Inch's can be equal to 261.96 Kilometers, to test this yourself on Google Earth put a marker in for Inch Co Wicklow Lat 52°44'40.10"N Long 6°13'35.23"W and then another for Inch Co Kerry Lat 52° 8'58.12"N Long 9°58'10.35"W then use the ruler to measure the distance is approx 261.96 Kilometers. :D Just going to sit back and wait for the Nobel Nomination :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wicklow Hills near Aughrim Vol 2

More of the hills in panorama mode, These look better when viewed larger so click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wicklow hills near Aughrim

A view of the Wicklow hills near Aughrim, used as background in the Michael Collins music and the TV series Ballykisangel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Old Irish Post Box, Woodenbridge Co. Wicklow

This morning as I was waiting to get into the hotel for breakfast I saw this, I am always amused with the old post boxes that can be seen in random places around the country, most of these are still in use, they are usually in places that are too small to have a post office. This is the part I find amusing look closely, part of the original has been slightly defaced with a square just on the left side of the post slot, to see why amusing see last pic Something similar to those of our neighbours across the pond who visited us for about 800 years , it was obviously cheaper in the 1920's to paint over the red English post boxes, after the neighbours finally went home. Like the English ones they still have the crown and the ER (Elizabeth Royal).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Castle near Ashford, Co Wicklow

I posted a picture of this Castle last week here and someone was hoping that I could get a better shot so wish fulfilled.
This is the view from the road, there is a high wall at the edge of the road and there is a high wall around the castle and as can be seen the castle is quite small.
A view of the south side of the Castle Looking over the wall from the road on south side A view inside of the cast wall. Panoramic view to include some of the forested hills in the background. The view the would have had if they built the castle on the top of the hill.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Old stone signpost Mountbellew, Co Galway

I took this a month ago and forgot about it, it is unusual as there are very rare around the country.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Castle Co. Wicklow

What caught my eye about this picture is that this Castle was not built on a the hill top but half way up, which if built for protection would make it easier to attack. I had passed it out before I could stop and is bigger than this photo suggests. I will try to get a better shot and some history.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wicklow hills

This week so far the weather is quite bad and as you can see in the first two shots the hills are shrouded in mist, today the sun made an appearance for a short while Mist rolling down this hill just wouth of Arklow A grey day between Arlow and Gorey. At last sunshine, blue sky and cloud