A surprise wedding


Morning boys and girls
Hope all enjoying the glorious sunshine back in Ireland at the moment, or if you’re in the Middle East that you’ve got plenty of moisturiser slapped on your face and a decent umbrella for added protection. Interesting to see all the pics on facebook from Ireland during the week as natives try to adjust to very rare hot weather. Lack of practice I guess means that the look just isn’t quite right, and the occasional bright red all-over sun burn (tan) just proves the point even more.  Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic


Local saying back home – ‘I doubt it said Croker’.

Lord Croker was lying on his death bed when someone tried to console him with the thought he was going to a better place. His looked up and gave the immortal response – “I doubt it”.

The ruins of Croker’s mansion are across the road from my parents farm at Grange, County Limerick, Ireland.

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Me & Caroline


Morning lads
Inshallah you are all smiling brightly this fine July day. I see on the net you are getting Middle East type weather back home in Ireland with highs of 25C expected. Now you all know how we feel in the middle of winter out here.

MB has now arrived back in the Middle East after the most exhausting 10 days of his life back home. Was just far too much going on and MB was stuck in the think of all the action as you can imagine. Far too many topics for one blog so MB will confine himself to one topic this week – Caroline.

Caroline with dad JFK, on board the yacht ‘Honey Fitz’. August 1963. MB did not take this photo.

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Yes lads, the only living daughter of JFK was back in her ancestral homeland of HX last week and what a week it was. She brought along the husband and 3 kids Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable


Horses @ Lough Gur, Ireland. 21 June 2013.

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Photos from HX


Heading back to Middle East tomorrow night. Some memories of my trip home:

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (6) – Graves


St John’s Church Knockainey, Limerick, Ireland. Graveyard tour 27 June 2013. Earliest graves date from the 16th century. One headstone states that John Murphy, deceased, lived 219 years.

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (5) – Invaders


Invading walkers pass by under watchful gaze of two ‘locals’. Lough Gur, Ireland. 21 June 2013.

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (4) – Sunrise


Two ladies watch the sun rise at Grange Stone Circle on solstice morning. 21 June 2013.

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (3) – Family Day


Lough Gur Festival – Family day by the lake. 23 June 2013.

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (2) – Moonlight


Lough Gur, Limerick, Ireland, under the moonlight of the Super Moon – 3am this morning 24 June 2013

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Trip Home: Photo of the day (1)


The ‘Long Walk For The Longest Day’ – over 5 hills around Lough Gur lake, Limerick, Ireland, on 21st June 2013. Memorable!

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Weekly Phopo Challenge – The World Through Your Eyes


Observing the Summer solstice sunrise at Grange Stone Circle, Lough Gur, Ireland. 21st June 2013.

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‘Twas the night before Caroline!


Everyone’s made the effort for the big day tomorrow.

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Heading Home


Caroline Kennedy visit to HX

Fifty years after President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Limerick, his daughter Caroline Kennedy will return to the Mid-West to trace her father’s links and visit her ancestral family home in Bruff, Co. Limerick. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves


Did someone say curves?!

Giving you 6 of the best from end April 2013 visit to Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Mosque is open to people of all religions to worship. And to respectful photographers. On an overcast day, or any day, it’s jaw droppingly beautiful.

Apologies to all that many of these have already featured in one of MB’s recent posts, but MB just couldn’t resist the temptation when he saw the weekly challenge. He is weak Lord. Please forgive!

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Adios.

MB