It IS easy being green – Weekly Photo Challenge

Being Irish, this topic is almost made for me, Ireland’s national colour being …. yes that”s right BLUE. You didn’t expect that did you? Everybody associates Ireland with the colour green, and everyone who has visited the Emerald Isle will bring you stories using GREEN very often.

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Tricolour, flying from Thirty Three The Mall, Waterford.

So, what should I use to picture being green. How about a few of these. You can see where the song came from “The moorlands and the midlands with their forty shades of green”.

I’ll end this post with the Waterford Greenway. I’ve used pictures of the Greenway for a few photo challenges over the last number of weeks, because I’ve been spending a lot of time there. The whole length of the Greenway, a disused railway line, was officially opened on Saturday 25th March, fifty years to the day that the last passenger train did the journey. It is a beacon for people thinking about recycling projects, old infrastructure and how things can be used into the future. It is a catalogue of civil engineering projects, bridges, viaducts and tunnels, all built to carry people from A to B. Turning this piece of history into a modern cycle track and walk way has had it’s own engineering problems. What do you do if cows want to cross from one side to the other, through an old bridge? Give them their own tunnel. What else would you do? I have a video cows crossing under me, but WordPress won’t let me attach it without paying, so you’ll have to believe me, it’s a sight to see.

You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG1EInsqNAs

 

Atop – Weekly Photo Challenge

Decisions, decisions, what to do for this one? Atop of a mountain, atop of a building or atop of spaghetti, all covered in cheese, I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed!

celestial star with truffle atop

Well you can’t beat this. Chocolate truffle atop a chocolate star cake. Anything can be improved by adding more chocolate.

I wish – Weekly Photo Challenge

I’ve used pictures I’ve taken on the Waterford Greenway quite a few times, for different photo challenges, but I don’t think I really do it justice. I WISH I could bring you all for a cycle along the Waterford Greenway, so you could see for yourself.

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The Ballyvoyle Tunnel, Waterford Greenway, Waterford, Ireland.

Entering this tunnel feels like going into Jurassic Park, the vegetation around the wall cut feels like it’s from an other world, the temperature is different and the air is still. Then 100 yards later you are out in the open crossing a valley on an iron bridge.

So why do I love this place so much? Well, it changes, from one end to the other, a coastal town to a medieval city, sea views, rolling farmland, around mountains and along river banks. It has it all, except for cars. 46 kilometres of cycling without having to look over your shoulder ….. WISH YOU WERE HERE?

 

The Road Taken – Weekly Photo Challenge

I often find my mind wondering while doing every day things, but especially thinking back to the history of the places I’m passing through. I’ve used pictures of the Waterford Greenway before, because it is very picturesque, but it’s also a road taken by many people throughout our history.

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The Road Taken by countless Irish people, heading for England.

Children today will know this place as a safe playground, a cycle way with no cars and very little in the way of hills. It is a very beautiful route travelling from Dungarvan on the coast around the Commeragh Mountains, then along the Suir Valley into Waterford City.

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Looking towards Waterford City

So who has taken this road before? With the proximity of the river, the area has been important with traders, throughout history. Kilmeaden Castle stands on the south bank of the Suir, and controlled a lot of the local trading with Norman England, which could be why Oliver Cromwell was so upset.

 

Long before the railway was built and Cromwell came to visit, Waterford was a very popular destination with the Vikings. The Woodstown Viking Site at the edge of the Greenway, was only rediscovered in 2003, whilst doing excavation work for a new road. The were so many artefacts discovered that work on the road was immediately stopped. The range of objects found on the site, on display in Reginalds Tower museum and well worth a visit,  show how important international trade was to the Vikings.

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The most important stone in Waterford?

At the edge of the river bank, near the Woodstown Site, it this stone. Why is it there? I don’t know the answer, but my imagination tells me it’s important. Think of the river as  The Road Taken, would this be the Viking equivalent of a parking meter to moor your longboat to, or maybe it’s for the equivalent of the traffic management camera with a Viking sitting on this guiding the river traffic to the right dock. Maybe one day we will find out for sure.