Posted on June 2, 2021
After almost eighteen months of desert dwelling, MB got to make the trek home.Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Animals, Blind, Blindness, Home, Home fires, Ireland, nature, Spring
Posted on August 3, 2020
Thanks to Xenia for this week’s ‘Sanctuary’ challenge. Check out her post HERE.
When MB thinks of the word ‘sanctuary’ he immediately thinks of his much-younger-then-her-years mom back in Ireland. COVID days, for the elderly in particular, were and continue to be, tough days. There was a spell some time back when MB’s moms age group were confined to their homes and needed the good deeds of others for daily necessities. Thankfully, MB’s mom received same in abundance.
Her sanctuary has been her garden and the family farm. The land is now rented out for others to farm but the green fields are still available for daily strolls. The house lawn & garden provides a flower and shrub-clad sanctuary to sit and rest, or to plant new additions acquired from a nearby garden centre.
Here’s to you Ma!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: COVID, Ireland, Sanctuary
Posted on May 25, 2020
Thanks to Ann-Christine for the ‘delicate’ challenge. A-C’s post can be viewed HERE. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Delicate colours, Green, Ireland
Posted on May 17, 2020
Thanks to photo guest Sue who set this week’s challenge. You can view her superb shots HERE. And if you like golf (like MB!) then you will love Tina’s post HERE. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Ireland, Pastimes, Travel
Posted on April 5, 2020
Thanks to Patty for the gorgeous SIMPLICITY challenge. See here effort HERE. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Ireland, Lough Gur, Simplicity, Travel, Walking
Posted on March 28, 2020
Thanks to Tina for the distant challenge! Followers can see Tina’s great post HERE.
MB offers 2 pics from a trip home in recent years that both convey distance.
The coastline shot is somewhere in County Kerry in SW Ireland. The sunset shot is from MB’s HX home locality.
From distant Qatar,
Regards to all from MB!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Distance, Ireland, Travel
Posted on February 9, 2020
Thanks to AC for her Future challenge; well worth a look. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, caherguillamore, Future, House, Independence, IRA, Ireland, irish history, Sinn Fein, Travel
Posted on January 5, 2020
Thanks to Ann-Christine for 2020’s first photo challenge – Special Spot Shots.
MB was back home for Christmas and spent an inevitable morning, camera in hand, at Lough Gur lake. Weather was nice. Beautiful morning.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Ireland, Lough Gur, nature, Shots, Special Spot, Travel
Posted on September 9, 2019
Greetings to all from MB.
A little explanation of the weekly photo challenge before MB gives his offering. The weekly photo challenge was conceived by four lady bloggers/photographers over one year back. Each takes their turn consecutively to post a weekly theme and the rest of the sheep, like MB, then follow suit. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, energy, Grange Stone Circle, Ireland, Limerick, Silhouettes, Travel, Winter solstice
Posted on August 25, 2019
Thanks to Amy for this week’s framing challenge.
MB has taken this shot at many different times of the year. It’s the tree that grows in the perimeter of the Grange Stone Circle back in MB’s HX Irish homeland. This shot was taken in December 2018.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, archeology, Grange Stone Circle, Ireland, Limerick, Travel
Posted on March 24, 2019
AC has set this week’s challenge with her ‘weathered or worn‘ topic.
For the challenge, MB has selected a shot of Boucher’s Castle from his HX homeland, taken on 01 January just past. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Bouchers Castle, Earls of Desmond, Elizabeth 1, Ireland, Lens-Artists, Limerick, Lough Gur, Queen, Sir George Boucher, Travel
Posted on March 17, 2019
Thanks to Patti for this weeks photo challenge.
Fox hunting, by means of horses and hounds, started in England some 500 years ago and has continued to the present day in Ireland and in a number of other countries. It was banned in Scotland in 2002 and in England & Wales in 2005. Interestingly, in these days of Brexit/Northern Ireland Backstop etc, fox hunting is still legal in Northern Ireland. Followers of the Brexit story will be aware that Northern Ireland Unionists are opposed to the backstop as they do not want NI to be treated any differently than the rest of the UK. The ‘fox hunting’ irony is obviously lost on them.
MB was out and about earlier today and caught the below shot from his car window. Being late afternoon, the pack of hounds and their Master were returning home after a day on the chase.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Fox Hunting, History, Ireland, Travel
Posted on March 11, 2019
Thanks to Tina for this week’s ‘neighbourhood‘ challenge. MB certainly has his work cut out to match Tina’s shots from her spectacular Kiawah Island home!
Below are ten shots MB took when he was home a few months ago for Christmas break. The lake, located in MB’s Irish HX neighbourhood and around which the shots were taken, is called Lough Gur. Followers can check out loughgur.com if they are of a mind to do so. MB readily admits that it’s hard to take a bad shot in his neighbourhood, given nature’s spectacular canvas.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Ireland, landscape, Lough Gur, Neighbourhood, Photography, Travel
Posted on February 10, 2019
Thanks to Tina for the ‘Shadows’ challenge.
Don’t you just freak when you appear, ghost-like, in your own shot?!!!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Ireland, Lake, landscape, Lough Derg, Shadow, Travel
Posted on February 8, 2019
Thanks to Amy for this week’s challenge. Last week’s actually – MB comes to it a little late!
The below shot isn’t anything to write home about MB guesses. It would never win any photo prizes. It isn’t nearly as spectacular as the many landscape shots that others have submitted for the challenge, if one cares to click and look. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: farming, Ireland, Landscapes, Memories
It's a mad HX world!