Monday, November 11, 2013

October in Ardagh, Co. Longford - 2013

I visited Ardagh, Co. Longford again back in October, I was actually hoping there would be a bit more of a colour change with Autumn arriving but not much had changed yet! It was still very green. I also filmed a little bit with my iPhone. I will link the video below so scroll down and enjoy the photos before seeing the video! :)

St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church on the left and on the right a photo of the main road in Ardagh and the Clock Tower in the distance.

A tree changing colours on the grounds of St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church.

St Patrick's Church of Ireland & Graveyard.

Some flowers getting the last of the nice weather before Autumn comes along.

The Clock Tower was completed in 1863 and commemorates Sir George Ralph Fetherston who managed Ardagh House and its estate.  The main inscription on the clock tower reads:

In Remembrance of Sir George Ralph Fetherston Baronet and of his Life Long Devotion to the Moral and Social Improvement of his Tenantry this Clock Tower and the Surrounding Buildings were Erected and the Site Wheron they Stand Purchased by Frances Elizabeth his Widow."

For more about Ardagh and The Clock Tower click here!

We walked up towards the old Church and Graveyard but before going in we walked up by it and to a sign telling us all about Ardagh and the different things you could go look at. It told us about a road to The Rectory which was beside us so we walked down a little bit and it was so beautiful! The sun was in the right place and it just lit up the trees! I will definitely be revisiting when the leaves start to change more.

Then we finally went back and visited the Old Church and Graveyard which has been strimmed and mowed since I was last there!

Merle had lots of fun exploring and adventuring around the place! It was great being about to walk around the graveyard better this time and no nettles and long grass in the way!

This was my favourite shot of the day I think. The light was just right and it looked so beautiful! It lit up the tombstones, part of the church and trees so nice.

The Church of Ireland which was only recently renovated. We did meet a lovely lady there who was mowing the grass around the Church and she told us about all the renovating, let us see inside the Church, which you can only go into so far and then they have a fenced gate to protect the inside from intruders. It's really beautiful inside. I signed the guest book saying "Beautiful! Great place to take pictures" or something like that. I spelt "beautiful" wrong though which I was raging about but I was talking at the same time as writing it Oh well haha!

Some more Merle! The sun lit up his fur colours really nice! :)

The gate in the photos is the Lych Gate. Coffins of the dead were traditionally met by a clergyman at the Lych Gate. The Gate is amongst one of the few surviving in Ireland.

You can also see the gate in the photos above with the Church of Ireland in the background.

Some beautiful leaves changing colour.

The Lych Gate again and those beautiful leaves.

The Church of Ireland on the right, a cross tombstone in the middle and on the left the Clock Tower in the background.

And to finish up some more photo of lovely Merle! He had great fun going around and sniffing, exploring and adventuring everything!

I didn't get to go back to Ardagh to see if there was any more change in the autumn colours. If we have any nice weather at all I will be sure to go and see if I can get any more photos. It's a beautiful village! I also have to get some more photos of my home village Legan before winter kicks in. So keep watching! :) 

Oh and here is the video with some of the clips I recorded. Sorry about the noise in the background! There was strimming and mowing going on :) I hope you enjoy and if you'd like to see more videos like this please let me know! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Legan, Co Longford 2011 Floods

I found some photos that I had taken back in 2011 of the floods around Legan after some very heavy rain we had for awhile. Unless you're from Legan Co. Longford yourself, you're not really going to see how flooded it got or know where the photos were taken! I've explained the locations best I can though and I thought I'd upload anyhow for my Legan viewers!

The three of those photos above were taken down the bog road to the Inny River. Just at the turn at the end of the road (clay shooting to the left and bog/Inny River right).

Three above taken of the river at the Legan Ball Alley. You can see how far out it flooded by the leaves on the right of the last photo.

 The other side of the Legan Ball Alley.

Standing on the little bridge just down from the turn to Smithfield and before the turn to Foxhall crescent. The Black Water flooded so much it was just nearly covering the bridges arches!

Not the greatest photos but I hope you enjoyed! 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Merle Part II - July 2013

Some more photos of my playful and crazy pup Merle! Taken about a month or so ago. He is growing so much and has already changed! I will have some more recent photos soon :)

I got him this lovely fluffy ball and he loves it! I only used it now for when he is playing fetch because he is chewing it up too easy when he is left alone with it!

Look at the cute! I think he has a bit of grass in his mouth! He is mad to chew everything that is outside.

We gave him an ice cube and he didn't know what to do with it! It is hilarious watching him being so confused by it and not being able to bite it or keep it in his mouth too long. It was perfect for cooling him down in this hot weather though. Here is a video of him vs a later piece of ice! :D

His little tongue!

When I make weird sounds at him this is how he looks at me! Haha! Perfect shots though :D

This is definitely one of my favourite shots of him! Running with his hoop!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Merle's First Trip to The Bog - July 2013

I have to say I was quite worried about bringing Merle to the bog. He is only a puppy and still has lots to learn. There are many bog holes, drains, ditches, etc. for him to get lost in but at the same time I didn't want to keep him on the lead. Dogs should be able to run around the bog. It is one of their favourite places! So I chanced it and I have no idea if it is to do with his breed (Collie, Labrador, Setter) but he was so good and didn't stray far from us! Only on one occasion did he try to go down the bog hole but Daddy to the rescue! He grabbed him just as he was going down and gave him a few slaps and now if we see him near one we just sternly call him and he knows ;) 

The bog is no place to be in in such heat. We're having (or were having) a heat wave and there was not a breath of air but just lots of cotton floating around! 

Bog cotton! Our bank (where our turf is cut) always had bog cotton growing over it but this was the most I had ever seen. We were picking up the footed turf which had been there so long the cotton and grass was growing all over it. It was so hard to pick up! You just ended up with lumps of cotton in your hands. Between that and the heat and making sure Merle didn't wander down any bog holes it wasn't a fun time at the bog.

 Merle did seem to enjoy himself in between laying down in what shade he could find from the heat (He liked to hide under the tractor and trailer)! Here he is with Steve when Johnny was moving the tractor.

With four of us loading the trailer it was done fairly quick but obviously I had to break to take some photos ;)

You can see some dirt on Merle's tongue! He was having a great time trying to eat all the turf Daddy was picking up and just anything else he could find!

Daddy messing with Merle before we left!

An exhausted Merle has enough of this bog work. He just wants to sit in the shade and sleep.