Muck & The Smell Of Rotting Sprouts

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Yesterday saw the first garden group outing of 2013, arranged as always by the lovely Peter Donegan and this time ably assisted by the youngest member of the group, the gorgeous Ella. This outing involved a walk around the hedgerows near Ballyboghill in North County Dublin. It was a fairly grey old day with lots of muck. I didn’t bring wellies and lost my shoe to the muck and had to use both hands (one still holding a camera) to pull it out. To add to the flavour of the day, some of the fields were producing a fairly strong aroma of rotting sprouts. This may not sound like fun, but of course it was. Like all of Peter’s outings there’s always something new to see (in this case a patch of purple sprouts) and meself and Jason always enjoy a trip out with the garden group. Check out Peter’s blog and radio show – the Sod Show on Dublin City FM.

Here’s a few more pics from the day.

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Cloudy, With A Chance Of Tornado At Coney Island

We were in New York last week, staying in Brooklyn for a week. I’ve always wanted to go to Coney Island having seen photographs of some very interesting people and pure kitcsh there that I find very appealing. The morning we went was very cloudy with weather storm warnings which myself and Jason ignored. “Pah, a bit of rain – we’re Irish for God’s sake”. You’ll see as this set of photographs progresses the clouds give way to torrential, monsoon-like rain. As it turns out a tornado touched ground just a couple of miles up the beach while we there.

Coney Island Photography by Jennifer Farley

The full set appears below, click on a thumbnail to see it nice and big.

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Garden Group visit to Sonairte

On Sunday Jason and myself went on a visit to Sonairte. The visit was arranged by the lovely landscape gardener extraordinaire Peter Donegan as part of the Garden Group. Sonairte is a sustainability and education centre located in Laytown Co. Meath and a great place for a visit. Sonairte includes a gorgeous nature trail along by the river, a walled organic garden and an information centre and shop selling Irish and Fair trade products. Thanks to Trevor Sargent for giving us a guided tour around the centre and heritage trail.

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Dzogchen Beara Sunrise

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Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre located on the Western tip of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. I took these photographs early one morning in 2006, while Jason was attending a retreat. The place is breathtakingly beautiful (as is every nook and cranny of West Cork) and very, very peaceful. We went back down for a week in 2010 and picked out several houses and locations that would be ours when we win the lotto. In lieu of that big lotto win we’ll just have to visit on a more regular basis. We’re bombarded with misery here in Ireland on the radio, on the television and in the papers, it’s nice to know peaceful places and scenes like this exist in little pockets throughout our beautiful country.

 

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In the garden, there was a lovely horse, behind him is a not-so-lovely wall and behind that is the sun coming up over the Atlantic.

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This is a view of the centre, which overlooks the sea.

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Farther to the left are views of the cliffs along the coast, and to the right (below) are lots of houses dotted on the landscape.

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The Lovely Lisa Hannigan

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Lisa Hannigan is one of my favourite musicians and singers. We went to see her in the Riverbank Theatre last Friday night and her show was fabulous. The whole band are amazing and an absolute pleasure and joy to watch and hear. The show was opened by John Smith (who also plays in Lisa’s band), who has one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard. He was such a treat. If you haven’t heard him sing before check out his website which has some videos – Winter is particularly beautiful.

This photograph was taken at the end of the night when the band took their bow.

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The Lovely Lisa Hannigan

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Lisa Hannigan is one of my favourite musicians and singers. We went to see her in the Riverbank Theatre last Friday night and her show was fabulous. The whole band are amazing and an absolute pleasure and joy to watch and hear. The show was opened by John Smith (who also plays in Lisa’s band), who has one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard. He was such a treat. If you haven’t heard him sing before check out his website which has some videos – Winter is particularly beautiful.

This photograph was taken at the end of the night when the band took their bow.

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Dolly Parton

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Went to see the super-brilliant Dolly Parton at the O2 in Dublin last night. The show was hugely enjoyable and Dolly spoke quite a bit about her early life in the Smokey Mountains and sang a fair few hits.  Here you come again … ah, love that one.

This was one picture of a few I took before I was asked to stop taking photos with my “long lens”.

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Dolly Parton

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Went to see the super-brilliant Dolly Parton at the O2 in Dublin last night. The show was hugely enjoyable and Dolly spoke quite a bit about her early life in the Smokey Mountains and sang a fair few hits.  Here you come again … ah, love that one.

This was one picture of a few I took before I was asked to stop taking photos with my “long lens”.

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