Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Don't Fence Me In!"

One thing leads to another on the computer these days, and today was no different.
I was looking at a nice picture of Cheekpoint on the river Suir 
and it struck me there were some spelling mistakes. Should it have been a Checkpoint on the river Sewer?  No! There is a village called Cheekpoint near Waterford  in Southern Ireland and it is indeed on the river Suir. This led to other place names in Ireland, some familiar from their US counterparts such as Baltimore, others unfamiliar. Quite a few are preceded by the prefix "Bally". Now a Bally is a small division of land in Ireland, called also a Townland, and there are over 6000 named Townlands. At one point the Post Office tried to abolish all Townland names from postal addresses as being superfluous when Postal Codes were introduced, but failed completely in some areas. ( They are from two or three hundred acres up to 7000 acres in size)
They used to have them in England too but they failed to survive. The English words include Vills, Trefs, Towns, Townships, Baileys, and Shires. In the Isle of Man they had Treens.
So many types of land divisions to put fences around! So many fences in the world!
How about Walls next?
Wooden Fence, Metal Gate

Old Fence Corner

Fence Post

Old and New
A very Steep fence!
Here are a few fence pictures to go with today's post. One thing leads to another indeed! Thank you Mary for inspiring this post! This is Mary.
History is not in my baileywick! I usually leave all that to Helene and Alan.....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Over!

Finally we are finished! The suspense is over! The world can go back to normal work/fight mode! Barack is Back! The best is yet to come!!
Sides of the Trail

Orchard with Sage Brush

KVR Trail

Fence Posts

The Red Tree

House in the Hills

The Wooden Bridge
Here are a few photos from our walk yesterday on West Bench KVR trail. The weather so far is pleasant and warm and dry for November.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Confusing Events

Talk about getting mixed up in UK between Hallowe'en and Guy Fawkes, in North America we are becoming confused between Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, and Christmas. Of course, we are enjoying them all, but with modern commercial deadlines, they seem to be appearing almost at the same time.
Deck Celebration

Hallowe'en, Christmas, or Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, or Christmas?
We went out for Sunday Brunch yesterday, (a confusion between breakfast and lunch) and found these images on the restaurant deck!