I’ve been traveling backwards and forwards to Dublin quite a bit over the last few years – Ireland is a curious mix of the old and the new. Fantastic for new companies with good support from the government, but a lot of history and definitely quirky, from the Guiness Tower, the Spike of O’Connell Street and the little alleyways that seem full of bars. It was my first visit in a while and definitely my first trip since being diagnosed with Coeliacs disease. I needn’t have worried – the hotel I stayed in (The O’Callaghan Davepnort, http://www.davenporthotel.ie/) was more than aware and very happy to cook Gluten Free variants (as far as possible) for the vast majority of the meals on their menu.

I was there a couple of days and managed to get out and about on the second night – although it was raining heavily(their IS a REASON its called the Emerald Isle). Anyway, I managed to snap a few pics – I hope you enjoy… If you have a long weekend to spare,  I would definitely recommend spending the time in Dublin.

Where else but Dublin would you find a bridge designed like a Harp?

Where else but Dublin would you find a bridge designed like a Harp?


Their is an interesting blend of old and new.. here’s a tall ship (available for weddings!) moored up on the Liffe just upstream from the Dublin Convention Centre

The Old and the New - the Convention Centre is in the background.

The Old and the New – the Convention Centre is in the background.


Loved this pre-school nursery – who wouldnt want to attend if the inside is as much fun as the outside?

St Mary's Pre-School, City Quay

St Mary’s Pre-School, City Quay


No visit to dublin would be complete with out an outing to Temple Bar – here’s a view down Fleet Street into the Bar. Always busy, always something to see lots of bars (but no Beer/Lager/Guiness for me – I’ll just have to make do with Irish Whiskey!).

Looking down Fleet Street to Temple Bar.

Looking down Fleet Street to Temple Bar.


My short stay over, I was back to Dublin Airport to fly back to London – as I flew Aer Lingus I got to use the ‘newish’ Terminal 2 – nice view below as we took off headed back to London…

View from Above - Terminal 2 in the middle...

View from Above – Terminal 2 in the middle…


Saw some very interesting weather on the way over – this was just south of Birmingham (having built-in GPS is useful.. even in a plane!)..

Very dramatic cl;oudscape.. I would not have wanted to be underneath that...!

Very dramatic cloudscape.. I would not have wanted to be underneath that…!


Nearly home.. as we turned into the setting sun, I managed a somewhat misty view of the O2 Arena and London Docklands…

O2 Arena/London Docklands...

O2 Arena/London Docklands…


Always nice to get home… thanks for reading…


Strangely Poignant

While out walking I came across these poppies, growing wild,  in what I guess you could call a man-made wasteland. Work was done oh a couple of years ago now and nature is slowly beginning to reclaim the wood (this was actually a temporary road).



What’s strange is that I havent seen ANY poppies anywhere else in the wood or along the roadway, just in this one spot.

Poppies of course are particularly poignant at this time of year with the commemorations around D-Day……

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The wings they are ‘a-spreading’

Well, it had to happen. Its been a year of firsts (I’m definitely going to write a separate post on that one.. stay tuned). The year started well..my daughter passed her practical driving test at the first attempt – she has already collected her first badge of honour (aka scratches), but hey, I am sure their will be others. She reached 18 and is officially her own woman(and dont you dare try to tell her otherwise – I certainly daren’t!). She has now booked her first solo (i.e. non-parent accompanying) holiday to Malia in Crete in a few weeks. I really feel sorry for Crete – it wont know what’s hit it. The series of milestones put me in a reflective mood and I think some daughterly embarrassment is very overdue. So…. Here’s Ms Dirger at Age 3, looking very cool by the pool on Gran Canaria…

Puerto Rico 1999

Isnt it funny how time flies. It really doesnt feel like it but that was 15 YEARS ago. Where does the time go? She is now a very capable, confident young woman. Here’s a pic from her ‘Prom’ (or what I knew in my time as a leavers disco) when she left school at 16 to go to college.

Almost ready

College really suits her. She really enjoys the course she is doing. She is now 2/3 of the way through the course and continues to make us proud. Finally(I promise) the last pic, which shows how she has matured even more(She’s second from left, next to her friend Abbi and Mrs Dirger!).

Kefalonia 2013

So what’s the point i hear you ask. Well, it really brought home to me how time flies when you arent looking. Enjoy your kids while you have them – they soon ‘grow up’….enjoy every second….

Thanks for reading.


Whatever the weather

Over the last few days (for once) we have had quite pleasant weather. But on the odd occasion we’ve had cloud we seem to have had some very strange variants… a selection below.. strange I think but pretty cool (in a weird way)… their was a day I didnt have my camera (typical) and the clouds actually looked like waves.. anyway.. enjoy… more natural awesomeness.

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Close(ish) Encounters…

The first pic in this entry was taken when I was out and about in Sandhurst – I actually thought this chap was injured as he really didnt seem fazed by me (or my dog)…. clearly he was just enjoying a break in the sunshine on the park seat… he looks a little the worse for wear.. maybe a heavy night ? 🙂



I also came across this.. which on closer investigation proved to be a telegraph pole.. I really dont want to be the engineer that has to repair any phone lines that break on this one…

Smothered by Ivy.

Smothered by Ivy.


Finally for this morning (No idea why I am up so early).. I am still experimenting with the Macro Mode on my new camera. Took this of what I think is a DragonFly on my Japanese Maple Bonsai in the early summer sunshine. I wasnt quite quick enough to catch him when he landed on the back of my hand. We seem to have 2 or 3 that linger in/around our garden. Enjoy and thanks for reading.


Enjoying the sun.

Enjoying the sun.