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Camera Club

Posted by Tim on 7 July 2017 - 11:39am

As you probably know we are involved with the Photography Society here in Kinsale. Last Tuesday was our last formal meeting for the summer months - we will resume again in September. One of the new photography challenges I have been learning is how to photograph local birds. As I have been getting a few common Irish birds coming to our new feeders, in the back garden.

We feed them raw peanuts and they seem to LOVE them. I set up my camera on a tripod just inside the door leading to the garden - and near the feeders. The idea is to figure out where the birds will land, focus on that point, and shoot away if and when they land. Here's a bit of what I've gotten so far...

on the feeder                                              Here are two beauties on the feeder...

chaffinch                               A chaffinch getting ready to move to the feeder

bird                     I don't know what kind of bird this one is, but he/she is brilliant.

We Are Back in Kinsale!

Posted by Tim on 21 June 2017 - 4:37pm

  It's hard to believe we have been gone for 6 months from our home here in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. We had a very very blessed time in America with family and dear friends as well as time to make new friendships. Kathy and I are indeed very blessed as we travel this road of life. 

  Since our arrival on 2 June, we have been running as hard as we can, and loving it! Our nephew, Garrett Long, from California, was with us a few days after we got back, followed by our first hosting of our annual 'Summer Team'. The image below is a glimpse of these brilliant young adults who stayed with us for 9 days conducting a four day Quest Club (games, crafts, bible stories, and much more) a musical Tempo Cafe' in the town and many other things. We got to try out all six bedrooms and even found enough beds in our new place to accomodate the entire group.  Here's their picture, taken in our back garden on a perfect Irish summer day!

summer team image 

Family Reunion in California

Posted by Tim on 29 May 2017 - 12:37pm

Kathy's side of the family had a small reunion on Sunday, 4 days before our planned flight back to Ireland, scheduled for June 1st. We have had a great 6 months back in America and are now looking forward to returning home to Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. Here's a few images from the reunion...

Kathy with brother Steve           Kathy with brother Steve Long, who recently lost most of his things in a total house fire

Kathy's Mom                                            Shirley Jager, Kathy's wonderful mother

Sarah & Alvin             Our daughter and son-in-law, Alvin & Sarah Marquez in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Butchart Gardens

Posted by Tim on 10 May 2017 - 8:11pm

My sister Sue and brother-in-law Tom, Kathy and I had a chance to race up to Vancouver, B.C. catch the ferry to Vancouver Island and visit The Butchart Gardens on Tuesday! We got a perfect day to witness one the most incridible gardens on the planet. What was once a dug out limestone quarry has been transformed into a stunning dislay of flowers, shrubs, trees and fountains. Absolutely BRILLIANT!

We have just 3 weeks left here in America before flying home to Ireland on 1 June, arriving on the 2nd. Hard to believe it has been nearly six months since our arrival on December 1st of 2016. Here's a few images of the gardens...

butchart gardens

butchart gardens 

butchart gardens 

butchart gardens

butchart gardens 

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