31 October, 2017

halloween decorations

Halloween is pretty low key here in rural Ireland with a few decorations people have around their house and in windows.  Some of the shops do decorate their windows but it's not overwhelming.  The kids have fancy dress day at school so they have lots of fun for Halloween and of course they will be walking the streets trick and treating on this day.  Below are scenes I came across last week when I was out walking,

rosatos pizza and pub entrance

these photo frames are pretty cool.  When you pass them, the images change to skeletons.

 this guy is the guy on the right in the above photo.

even nature can join the fun :)

a chemist's window

upholstery shop window

  grandparents window

a visitor

30 October, 2017

random shots

from a walk last week. 
a long driveway
a swing waiting for a rider

strolling through the neighborhood

a fat pine tree

colour and decay

a left over sign

29 October, 2017


these young kids were listening to their teacher, the young man on the right, about how to play football.   I happened to be passing here when I saw everyone lined up with a ball.  They were pretty excited.

28 October, 2017

kayak paddling

these people were practicing their kayak paddling skills.  The woman on the far right is the instructor.

26 October, 2017

cash for clothes and gold

I once read a book that mentioned selling clothes in bulk to a buyer but never saw one until we passed this sign in Ballybofey and this guy was bringing in bags of clothes.   This business also buys gold.

25 October, 2017

matrimonial tree

The Matrimonial Tree
"The Matrimony Tree is based on an ancient Donegal tradition. When a couple were engaged to be married, two types of tree were planted side by side. When the lovers married, the trees were grafted together and left to grow.

The individual trees would have had their own distinctive characteristics,
but the merging of the two formed something beautiful and unique.
The Artist has used this symbolism to celebrate the unity and friendship between the twin towns of Stranorlar & Ballybofey. It is said that lovers who pass through the arch holding hands will love each other for ever!"

Info courtesy of dccpa (donegal county council public art) website

23 October, 2017

behind bars

saw this green graffiti guy as I walked over the bridge in Stranorlar which is about 75km (44 miles) south of Moville. 

22 October, 2017

oyster harvesting

time to sort the farmed oysters down on the pier, different colours for the different sizes.

21 October, 2017

front garden

this house has its  own wee waterfall.  It does sound relaxing when you listen to it. 

 that's quite the front garden, I like the wee bridge but would not want to do the upkeep.  I'm happy enough to see it and photograph it

19 October, 2017


everything changes:  the stump was once a tree and the leaves were once green.

18 October, 2017


where to go, at least the signs point in the same direction.
seen in Clifden, Co. Galway in 2016

to see other signs from around the globe click HERE

16 October, 2017

monday mural - gillen's supermarket

A few months ago Gillen's Supermarket commissioned a new mural for their side wall where the customers park.  The artist is a very multi-talented local man, Brendan Farren, and the mural shows local scenes, Lough Foyle, the lighthouse and Cooley Cross.  It a long one and tough getting it in one image due to cars being there off and on all day and night.  The last photo is of the end.  Previously I showed its predecessor back in February,

Cooley Cross

 to see more murals from around the world click HERE

14 October, 2017

mother nature's art

these are some of the rocks I see when I looking for sea glass that washes up on shore.  I find them very amazing and I enjoy looking at them.  The sea glass we used for crafty ideas.  I find lots of clear glass and lately I've  been finding green, brown, aqua, and blue.  Red is very hard to find according to a source on sea glass that I read.  Someday though...

I found this little tree like branch growing out of the rock.  Very cool and I love the shadow it creates.

another shot  of it from a different angle

abstract looking rocks, very smooth from the water flowing over them

 some of the glass that I found.  It's like winning a prize :)