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Baby, it’s cold outside

River Feale in January 2024 photo by Mary Dowling

Old Photo Shared on Facebook

Phil Lynott and fans in Tralee in 1980.

For the Weather we have had

from Mick O’Callaghan in Gorey

The pale moon was rising.

I walk out the front door

Of our home in Gorey

Its freezing cold outside 

I look around 

I gaze left and right

I view the spider’s web like tree

At the edge of the garden

It is a most majestic sight

I admire its skeletal appearance

In all its bareness

And undressed beauty

With its beautiful pattern

Of interwoven

Branches and twigs

I take out my camera

To capture its arboreal elegance.

In my photo shot

The rising moon is visible 

In the clear evening sky above

Through the delicate

Web like branches

Its orbital shape

Clearly visible

The street lights

Appear as orange globes

In the background.

I save these images

In my photo memory bank

For future reference

On a bitter cold January evening

In Gorey, County Wexford

Native mute swan

Neil Brosnan has been in touch…

Hi Mary, I believe the swan in Mary Dowling’s photo to be a native Mute swan rather than a migrant Whooper. See pic attached.

Mary’s swan

A Polar Plunge

Prompted by my photo of my grandchildren sea dipping in December, Sue in the U.S. sent us this.

This is Lake Michigan with fewer waves. Photographer Laurel Covert captured a Lee Street Beach polar plunge.

Postbox on Upper Church Street

This mailbox is pre 1984 because An Post, the Irish postal administration, came into being in 1984 when, under the terms of the Postal & Telecommunications Services Act of 1983, the Post Office services of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs (P&T) were divided between An Post and Telecom Éireann, the telecommunications operator now called Eir.

A Fact

This is a fact verified from my own experience.

The best way to find something you have lost is to buy a replacement.



An Emmet and an emmet


Court and all in it

1 Comment

  1. Eleanor Belcher

    I am most impressed at Sue dipping in Lake Michigan in winter!
    I am quite hardy but couldn’t get wet in Lake Michigan in July ( I lived in Milwaukee) but did swim in it in September when it was warmer

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