Thursday, 20 August 2009

A Wedding to look forward to

We have been celebrating an engagement this week which means that we will have a family wedding coming up early next year at which my DDs are going to be bridesmaids, so there is alot of excitement in our house at the moment and lots of drawing dresses and googling wedding bits and bobs. In honour of the occassion I took this photo, and I also used it as my last assignment for the photography course I was doing at Feel Good Photos. It's a shot I have been wanting to try for a while so I am so glad I finally got round to it.

It got me thinking about my own wedding photos and I realised I don't even know where my album is. So my task for the weekend is to find the album and show it to my youngest DD who has never seen the photos before.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Yay, an Award

I'm so chuffed to have been awarded the 'Fabulous Blog' award by Gaelikaa over at Gaelikaa's Diary and Ayak over at Turkish Delight. Both these lovely ladies write fantastic blogs that really bring the country they live in alive to their readers so if you haven't paid them a visit yet, do it now!

OK, back to the award......... the rules are to list 5 things you are addicted to and then pass it on to 5 more bloggers, so here goes.

I am addicted to (in no particular order):
  • Farmville on Facebook
  • Starbuck's Skinny Latte
  • Photographing my family and friends
  • Digital Scrapbooking
  • My homemade Nachos

I am going to pass this on to -

A Mad Scientists Musings

Diary of an Allotment Widow

Riches of my Soul

Snaps and Shots in My Space

Welcome to My World

Monday, 17 August 2009

Bubbles at I ♥ Faces

I just had to enter this shot in the I ♥ Faces photography blog this week when I heard the theme was Bubbles. It doesn't seem to matter what age you are, bubbles never lose their appeal.

To see more Bubbles photos pop on over to the I ♥ Faces blog.

Lughnasa Fair

I have finally got round to posting some pictures of the Lughnasa Fair at Carrick Castle. I love these medieval type fairs because there are always lots of characters to take pics of but the one at Carrick is one of my favourites because the location is just so lovely. I made a scrapbook layout from this years pics as I know I definitely want to get it printed out so it can go in my 2009 book.

The fair was full of things to do. There were people dressed up as medieval characters, children's entertainers, art & craft workshops, archery and birds of prey demonstrations, face painting, acrobats, story telling, street theatre and of course plenty of stalls selling local crafts, speciality foods, coffee & tea and a mouth watering range of snacks. Unfortunately I left it too late in the day to get something tasty and all the strawberries & cream crepes were gone!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Carrickfergus Castle

I mentioned in my last post that I had been to the Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle so I thought I would post some images of the castle today. I am photoshopping some of the shots of the fair and I will post these tomorrow but for now here is the castle.

Carricfergus Castle is here on a map and here is a picture of it from Google Earth.

The castle is over 800 years old and is now under the care of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It sits in the town of Carrickfergus at a strategic position on the shores of Belfast Lough.
Carrick castle was built by John de Courcy but has been added to and altered over the centuries. It is now open to the public and hosts many events throughout the year. The banqueting hall has been restored and there are many displays throughout the castle to show what life was like in medieval times.

You can hire the castle for special events such as weddings, and birthday parties can also be held there. I think you can also get married in the chapel, which is extremely small and would only provide enough room for 2-3 people. I remember when I was a teenager they used to run medieval banquets which were very popular but I don't think they do them now - pity though, that would be fun!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I just discovered Wordless Wednesday and knew I had the perfect picture.

My OH looking out from Carrick Castle across Belfast Lough which he had kayaked across the previous week.

For more Wordless Wednesdays go here or here.

Photos of the Lughnasa Medieval Fair at the castle coming soon.