One-Word Sunday: WALL

The theme this week of Travel with Intent’s One-Word Sunday is WALL.

Here’s the wall of self’s room at River Mill, Northern Ireland, where she spent April writing.

Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: LILAC

Self has the perfect picture for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt — LILAC — evening sky over Belfast, late April.

Self was on her first-ever visit to Belfast. She’d originally planned to go in 2017, but ended up going to the Philippines instead. Then, the pandemic intervened. So it wasn’t until April 2022 that she finally boarded a flight from San Francisco to this (to her) almost-mythic city (She was a big, big Game of Thrones fan!)

A friend advised her to stay at the Europa. She took this picture from her hotel room. It was about 9 p.m.

Wordless Wednesday — GRIEF

Rossglass Beach, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

For Uvalde, Texas.

Pull Up a Seat Challenge, 7 May 2022

For this challenge, self selected a picture she took last week: the formal dining room of the Titanic Hotel (which is right next to the Titanic Museum) in Belfast. Out of curiosity, she googled the prices. Wowee! She didn’t expect the prices to be so reasonable. No wonder this hotel is so popular for wedding parties.

Flashback Friday: Belfast Botanic Gardens

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked or Squiggly

  • This week our topic is celebrating Crooked or Squiggly. Basically anything but straight lines. Just make sure the squiggle or crooked part is clearly visible in your photo. Have fun.

— Cee Neuner

YAY, another Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!

For this challenge, self decided to focus on paths.

Two of these pictures were taken at River Mill, County Down, Northern Ireland.

The last picture was taken at Belfast’s Botanic Garden.

Monday Windows: Ballyclander Road, County Down, Northern Ireland

Yes, self knows it is no longer Monday. Nevertheless.

Love Monday Windows. Windows have always been some of her favorite things to photograph.

This one’s the stone house next to River Mill. A family lives in it. She loves that they kept the stone facade, so it looks integrated into the landscape. There is another house across the road, but this one was built from the ground up, in grey concrete, ugh.

Flower of the Day: Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Self walked through the Botanic Gardens on her way to the Ulster Museum, yesterday.

Wow! Gorgeous flowers!

Posting for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

A Dragon in Venice’s Grand Canal

Quentin is about to jump into the canal to retrieve a magic button that he and Julia need desperately: it’s the only thing that will get them back to Fillory.

Witnessing the deed is a dragon expert, a fetching young woman from Australia named Poppy.

“They hardly ever eat people,” Poppy said. “I mean like twice a century. That we know of.”

The Magician King, p. 174

You’ll notice self’s reading pace has picked up. She really loves Quentin and Julia’s backstory. Today, despite watching a bit of the Belfast Marathon, and going to the Botanic Gardens, she managed to spend a good bit of time reading.

Stay tuned.

Last on the Card, April 2022

Bushboy’s Last Photo on the Card allows self to share one more photo from the Titanic Belfast Museum, which she visited yesterday. It was an unexpectedly emotional experience.

There is a very swank hotel next to the museum. Yesterday afternoon, the hotel’s formal dining room was all decked out for a wedding reception. In the lobby were lovingly restored photographs of the ship at launch. You’d think the associations would keep people from wanting to get married there, but the opposite seems to be the case.

This ship’s model was on the second floor, away from the crowds. (The museum got very, very crowded mid-afternoon, at which point self put on her mask. People were staring. But self would rather be safe than sorry.)

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