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charles town Pan

Nikon F90x, 28mm Afd lens

charlestown Urchins

Nikon F90x, 28mm Afd lens

Just two images today from a visit I made to Charlestown, Cornwall.

“This small harbour village was a Georgian ‘new town’, a port development planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named) and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay.

Throughout the nineteenth century the little dock was packed with ships and the harbourside sheds and warehouses thronged with complementary businesses: boatbuilding, ropemaking, brickworks, lime burning, net houses, bark houses and pilchard curing.

Today there are two remarkable things about Charlestown.

One is that, against all the odds, it has survived as a working port and a small amount of china clay is still exported in an average of 30-40 ships a year, and this saves the place from becoming a cosy caricature of itself with plenty of ‘heritage appeal’ but no real life.

The second is that – again, against all the odds – it has largely escaped ‘development’ and remains one of the finest and most fascinating places on the Cornish coast.

Perhaps the words “so far” should be added to these two observations, for who knows what will happen to Charlestown in the future?

At the time of writing, the harbour is the home port for a famous collection of old ships which are employed in film projects all over the world – they have brought work and life to the quays and harbour buildings and are a particular draw for visitors.”

I spent a week here and its a week I will never forget, I was working in London at the time and returned to my Job like a new person – this is a very special place!!

Wincham, – Goodbye old Girl

Wincham 1

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

It comes to us all in the end….

Some years ago and longer than I can remember, I was in Liverpool and took this shot of the Wincham at the then new Albert docks.

Wincham’s history

Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich for ICI Liverpool, WINCHAM is a small motor cargo vessel designed to carry goods in bulk on the west coast of England. She is made of riveted steel, has a diesel engine and is the last of a class of 5 vessels built for ICI. Her working week would encompass 2 or 3 trips with chemical products from the ICI works at Winnington on the River Weaver to Liverpool and Birkenhead for transfer to deep sea vessels.

In 1977, she was sold to Bulk Cargo Handling Services Limited whose colours she still carries. In 1983 she was withdrawn from commercial service and purchased by the Wincham Preservation Society Ltd who maintain and operate her from her berth at Canning Dock alongside the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The Society received a grant of £47,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002 and she is maintained in operating condition.

But then….

Wincham about to be broken up at Bromborough 17/04/09

The former ICI Weaver barge Wincham (built 1948) seen about to be broken up on the slipway at Bromborough 17/04/09. She was part of the Mersey maritime collection and based in Albert dock Liverpool but costly repairs meant her original owners took the decision to let her go for scrap… a disgrace.

So here she is in the better days!

Wincham 2

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

Good bye old girl, you left a big space behind!!

Good Friday

Good Friday 2013

Am I a stone and not a sheep
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon,–
I, only I.

Yet give not o’er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

Poetry by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Public Domain

Say hello, Ruby

Say hello ruby

This is Ruby by brothers two year old Labradoodle, who I just got time to meet and walk with last week.

I just wanted you to meet her and say hello, we walked along the grand union canal near harefield in the uk.

I will post more about this walk soon, hope to get to spend more time with her, my brother and Ken very soon!!


A morning craze

Callan Cows

Fuji x100
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Back from my trip and what a Morning to return on….

Gone walkabouts – back soon

gone walk abouts

He call me, I am following

I will keep up with everyone if I can get on line!

Talk soon



Earth the birth of  life

Connected to the North,

Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element, Earth is fertile and stable, associated with the Goddess. The planet itself is a ball of life, and as the Wheel of the Year turns, we can watch all the aspects of life take place in the Earth: birth, life, death, and finally rebirth. The Earth is nurturing and stable, solid and firm, full of endurance and strength. In color correspondences, both green and brown connect to the Earth, for fairly obvious reasons! In Tarot readings, the Earth is related to the suit of Pentacles or Coins.

Earth the birth of new life

Mother goddess is a term used to refer to a goddess who represents motherhood, fertility, creation, or who embodies the bounty of the Earth. When equated with the Earth or the natural world such goddesses are sometimes referred to as Mother Earth or as the Earth Mother.

Celtic Goddess

The Irish goddess Anu, sometimes known as Danu, has an impact as a mother goddess, judging from the Dá Chích Anann near Killarney, County Kerry. Irish literature names the last and most favored generation of deities as “the people of Danu” (Tuatha De Danann). The Welsh have a similar figure called Dôn who is often equated with Danu and identified as a mother goddess. Sources for this character date from the Christian period, however, so she is referred to simply as a “mother of heroes” in the Mabinogion. The character’s (assumed) origins as a goddess are obscured.

Celtic goddes

The Celts of Gaul worshipped a goddess known as Dea Matrona (“divine mother goddess”) who was associated with the Marne River. Similar figures known as the Matres (Latin for “mothers”) are found on altars in Celtic as well as Germanic areas of Europe.

The pagan earth

In many cultures, earth spirits are beings that are tied to the land and plant kingdom. Typically, these beings are associated with another realm, the forces of nature that inhabit a particular physical space, and landmarks like rocks and trees.

In Celtic mythology, the realm of the Fae is known to exist in a parallel space with the land of man. The Fae are part of the Tuatha de Danaan, and live underground. It’s important to watch out for them, because they’re known for their ability to trick mortals into joining them.

Gnomes feature prominently in European legend and lore. Although it’s believed that their name was coined by a Swiss alchemist named Paracelsus, these elemental beings have long been associated in one form or another with the ability to move underground.

Grange Crag Walk 5

Likewise, elves often appear in stories about the land. Jacob Grimm collected a number of stories about elves while compiling his book Teutonic Mythology, and says that elves appear in the Eddas as supernatural, magic-using beings. They appear in a number of old English and Norse legends.

Working Together

Common blues

Nikon D90, May 2011

We work together
We work as one
Though there may be times
When we don’t ‘get on’

We may not always
See ‘eye to eye’
And sometimes we feel
Like saying ‘good-bye’

When this happens
We shouldn’t lose heart
For of ‘something greater’
We are all a part

Each one of us
Has a role to play
In making this
A brighter day

Janice Walkden

Via dei Fori Imperiali – Rome

Via dei Fori imperiali

Contax G2, Ilford HP5

Wiki : Via dei Fori Imperiali

Family Transport

The Bikes

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens and Ilfords XP2 film

No Poems today just a picture I took way back in the 1990’s while doing a walk around the sheds on my wife’s family farm in County Kilkenny.

This collection of old bikes is everyone used by all the kids and adults in the family for many years.

Just think of all the stories they could tell!

They are still someplace hanging around waiting for someone….

Crossing the Bar

Crossing the bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put to sea

But such a tides as moving seems asleep,
Too full of sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home

Twilight and evening bell
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar


What is Meditation

Space to think What happens as the mind starts to quiet down?

“And we find that interesting things start to happen. Because we’re no longer reinforcing unhelpful emotions, we feel happier. And we’re free to notice that happiness more because we’re less obsessed with our thinking. So we really notice how happy we are becoming.”

Thank you!

Cuckoo flower

Its just over a month since I started posting again on this blog and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me Likes/followings and great comments.

Thank you, you have helped lift me so much!!!!

Here are some Irish Cuckoo flowers for your St Patricks weekend

Have a great one!!!


Galway bay

Fishing boats on galway bay

The old fishing village, Teach mor, County Galway
Fuji X100, Iso 200, 35mm lens

The Area around Teach mor, Galway bay in County Galway is one of the most beautiful in Europe in my own opinion.

I took this shot while we walked our way along the coast road, you can see an old abandoned fishing village on the far shoreline. We had the place to ourselves all afternoon and Molly got to swim with the seals as they came close in just to work out who she was.

I think they got a bit of a shock when she went in with them…

Happy, St Patrick day.

ST Patrick

St Patricks day

For anyone who has been viewing my posts (Many thanks!) you will have noticed that I don’t have a big belief in the Christian story.

This is a personal choice and not one I have always been able to make, in my younger days I do remember being very taken by the stories I heard in church. This stage of my life lasted into my mid teens then slowly faded as I started to travel more .

But anyway, I really do wish everyone a happy St Patrick’s day.

I found this to be a very balanced and interesting article, make your own mind up!

St Patrick and the snakes of ireland


Pagan beliefs Air

Fujifilm X100

The pagan elements :


Air is one of the four classical elements, and is often invoked in Wiccan ritual. Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. Air is associated with the colors yellow and white. Interestingly, in some cultures a triangle sitting on its base like this is considered masculine, and is connected to the element of Fire rather than Air.

In some traditions of Wicca, Air is represented not by the triangle, but by either a circle with a point in the center, or by a feather or leaf-like image. In other traditions, the triangle is used to mark the association of degrees or initiation rank — typically first degree, but not necessarily. In alchemy, this symbol is sometimes show with the horizontal line extending beyond the sides of the triangle.

In rituals, when the element of Air is called for, you can use this triangular symbol, or use a feather, incense, or a fan. Air is associated with communication, wisdom or the power of the mind. Do an outdoors working on a windy day, and allow the powers of air to aid you. Visualize air currents carrying away your troubles, blowing away strife, and carrying positive thoughts to those who are far away. Embrace the wind, and let its energy fill you and help you achieve your goals.

In many magical traditions, air is associated with various spirits and elemental beings. Entities known as sylphs are typically connected with the air and the wind – these winged creatures are often related to powers of wisdom and intuition. In some belief systems, angels and devas are associated with air. It should be noted that the term “deva” in New Age and metaphysical studies is not the same as the Buddhist class of beings known as devas.

Read more about the magic, mythology, and folklore of air and the wind: Air and Wind Folklore.


The first element of the alchemical tradition.
Air is the essence of intuition and learning, the element of the nature of the mind.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Represented by: Feathers, Birds, incense, fans, flags, flowing garments and sheer material.
Season: Winter
Color: White
Chakra: Crown

Celtic gods and goddess:


“The Silver Wheel”, “High Fruitful Mother”. Celtic (Welsh) Goddess, the sister of Gwydion and wife of Donn. Deity of element of Air, reincarnation, full moons, time, karma, retribution. The palace of this sky Goddess was Caer Arianrhold (Aurora Borealis). Keeper of the Silver Wheel of Stars, a symbol of time and karma. Her ship, Oar Wheel, carried dead warriors to Emania (Moon-land).


Arianrhod (Welsh pronunciation: [arˈjanr̥ɔd]) is a figure in Welsh mythology who plays her most important role in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi. She is the daughter of Dôn and the sister of Gwydion and Gilfaethwy; the Welsh Triads give her father as Beli Mawr.[1] In the Mabinogi her uncle Math ap Mathonwy is the King of Gwynedd, and during the course of the story she gives birth to two sons, Dylan Ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, through magical means.



Independent Heart

Soft words you spoken
From the heart that is broken
I know deep inside
You have a level of independence
With a mystery of suspense
You are recovering
Waiting for someone
To catch on to the discovering
Of the real you
With a heart so true
Giving of your best
Expecting nothing less
While hurt is making amends
Leaning on loving friends
Accounted for in time you spend
With words you write
Not giving into a broken hearts flight
Staying strong
Carrying others like me along

by Jodie Moore

Created on: May 22, 2007

The Lighthouse keepers of Ireland

St Johns point lighthouse

The picture above is of St John point lighthouse, Co.Donegal.

Back in 2011 I started a project of capturing photos and information about the history and lives of the Lighthouse keepers of the Ireland.

I just want to share a small amount in this post.

Molly at St Johns

St johns point is a very haunting and beautiful part of the coast line of County,Donegal.

St Johns Point Donegal

“This is a harbour light to guide from Donegal Bay and to mark the north side of the bay leading to Killybegs Harbour from the entrance up to Rotten Island.

The tower, built of cut granite, was designed by the Board’s Inspector of Works and Inspector of Lighthouses, George Halpin, and erected by the Board’s workmen under Halpin’s supervision.

The tower, painted white, had a first order catoptric fixed light 98 feet above high water with a visibility in clear weather of 14 miles. The light was first exhibited on 4 November 1831 with the buildings in an uncompleted state. The final cost at the end of 1833 was £10,507.8.5.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s videos:

BallyCotton lighthouse

Ballycotton lighthouse

Hookhead Lighthouse


This lighthouse project is ongoing and will most likely take sometime, I will keep updating..


Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens on Kodak iso 100 film
Irish landscapes : Nigel borrington

Killary Harbour

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Satellite image of Killary Harbour

“Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the West of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.[1]

On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, Connacht’s highest mountain, rising to 814 metres. To the south rise the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.

There are two minor settlements nearby. On the southern side near the mouth of the fjord lies the hamlet of Rossroe while Leenaun lies inland to the east. Close to Rosroe there is an old building which now houses a hostel. This building was formerly a modest house which was used by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the famous philosopher, as a quiet place to write shortly after World War II. A plaque acknowledging this was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1993.

Nearby lies the so-called Green Road, a rough road running along the side of the fjord back east towards Leenane at the head of the fjord. It stretches for approximately nine kilometres and was part of the famine relief program during the 19th century. Aquaculture is important locally with a salmon farm based at Rossroe while mussel rafts are a common sight more to the east.”

One of the most beautiful landscape in Ireland, visit if you can!

Tails from the river bank

I told you it was great in here…

Molly out 1

I know I left it here someplace, maybe right at the bottom – hang on

Molly out 2

Found it

Molly out 3

now for a good old run around

Molly out 5

followed by sunning my belly…

Molly out 7

So are you going to stop sitting in front of that Laptop after breakfast or what?

Can we go out please


I know your doing that blog thing again!!!!, but look the suns out and the river is going to be great this morning!

One for Monty and Anne…


Wicklow Landscapes on film.

wiklow hills

Shot of the Wicklow hills.

Nikon F90x, Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens and Kodak Ektachrome
Irish landscape images : Nigel Borrington

I just started looking at my older stock of slide images and found a set that I took way back when – in County Wicklow.

Some very good and interesting colours coming from these scans, maybe just maybe people have always been correct about film. The detail however is another issue, the film grain in these images removes a lot of detail that even my old Nikon D200 would record.

Look at the black and white contrast!


Supermarket submission

Coolagh County kilkenny

I recently got asked to submit some images for a supermarket chain in County Kilkenny, they want to refit their stores. This is just one of the images I sent in.I don’t know if they will take the work but even if they don’t it’s made me a least think that someone may start to again.

Samuel Coulthurst

Samual Coulthurst

Samuel Coulthurst: Victorian Salford, Manchester(UK) – (1889 – 1890)

19th Century street photography

Back in 2002 I was back home in Manchester and visited the Lowry art museum and gallery at the Salford Quays, Manchester. This exhibition has stayed in my memory ever since so I thought I would share a post about the display of work I attended that day.

During a two year period (1889 and 1990), Samuel Coulthurst and his brother-in-law James Higson both members of the Lancashire and Cheshire photography union, dressed as what was known then as rag and bone men.

They carried their camera on the back of a cart they used and took many photographs of the people they met and got to know. Many of these photographs have been archived along with details of who these people were and what they did.

They were not simply doing a street walk about with a camera but spent time both living the lives and getting to know the people of Salford.

Many for the street children that the two photographed would have attended the Charter Street Ragged School, they had either lost parents to industrial accidents or to famine or disease. In the grounds of this church owned school is a grave yard that contains 6000 such parents. The city of Manchester has many such locations from this period.

It was in such conditions that these two photographers lived and worked taking pictures that made history. Without them most people would have forgotten in part at least, the kind of live’s that the 19th century people of Manchester lived including my Own Ancestors.

The exhibition is repeated by the Lowry Gallery so if you are in Manchester and into history/photography then maybe you could call in.


Samual Coulthurst 1

Flat Iron Market Salford. Manchester 1890.

Samual Coulthurst 2

Swan Street, Salford Manchester 1890.

Samual Coulthurst 3

Organ Grinder – Swan Street Salford, Manchester 1890.

Samual Coulthurst 4

Tom Shudehill, Poultry Market. Manchester 1890.