This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is to take and post shots of the sea.
As I’m surrently living in the centre of Korea (I’m smack bang in the middle between North and South) I don’t have much access to the sea! However, I am extremely lucky that I come from an island totally surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea and thus I will use this post to look back on all the good times I have had there and portray how beautiful Ireland really is.
When I saw the title of this weeks photo challenge I knew immediately which photos I wanted to use. It should be noted that one of the shots below was not actually taken by me…it was in fact taken by my camera as it floated away into the sky.
I’m guessing it was feeling pretty carefree at the time, as the timer worked its charm, snapping aerial photos of my house and farm every 2 seconds as it began its journey West with not a worry in the world….except for the pull of the 20 colorful helium balloons to which it was tied to.
Admittedly I’m sure my camera was feeling a lot more CAREFREE than I was! (To read more about the camera adventure, click HERE.)
Last weekend I had 3 friends visiting from Holland and brought them to colorful Cobh for the day. On of my favorite things about Cobh is the ‘Deck of Cards’, a row of beautifully painting houses stacked up on a hill overlooking the town below. With the stunning St Colman’s Cathedral perched on a hill behind them, the houses make for some pretty amazing photos.
What do you think , fancy living here?
Summer in Ireland this year fell on Friday 10th August, and what a beautiful summer it was. As luck would have it, some wise soul in Cork decided to organize a Flash Mob in Grand Parade so we could ‘dance into the weekend’ in style!
Normally flash mobs gather quickly, do something wacky, then quickly disperse. This one was different…and better! It lasted nearly an hour and everyone just danced their socks off, basking in the sunshine, and moving up and down and around the street to the beat, with not a car in the world! Here are a few pics I took before joining in the fun myself!
Happy Weekend Everyone!
316 semi-naked painted bodies…a new Guinness World Record!
This Saturday, the wonderful people from “Cork Body Painting”, are aiming to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records by body painting more than 264 brave Corkonians (and anyone else who turns up!).
The chance to get naked (again!!) with hundreds of others and get painted by cool artists from head to toe? YES PLEASE!
As you can guess I signed up straight away and have since seen that lots of my outgoing couchsurfing friends have signed up to! I really hope the day is a success so I can tick off “Set a World Record” from my never-ending Bucket List! I have already picked out what colours I want to be painted but still need to decide on a cool design so let me know if you have any ideas!
If you want to sign up, you must do it before MIDNIGHT today!You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their facebook page. If you are feeling REALLY brave you can also sign up for the Cork Naked Bike Ride taking place on 3pm on the same day!
Some Models involved in promoting the world Record Event!
Some photos from my Cousin Caroline’s Wedding last weekend.
My beautiful family!
My Sister, Aoife the Flower Girl and Moi!
Drive on James!!
With the beautiful bride
Caroline on her big day
The happy couple in Mums garden!
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that last Thursday I lost my amazing GoPro camera, after attaching it to 23 helium balloons, and watching in dismay after the wind snapped the rope and it floated high into the sky over county cork. (You can read about all the drama HERE.)
What you might not know is that I was stopping at nothing to get that camera back! I contacted the local radio station, and used the power of social media to get the word out to everyone in the area to keep an eye on the skies for a crazy contraption consisting of 23 balloons, a styrofoam mount and a tiny little camera!
On Good Friday I had an email from a girl I sister went to school with, Debbie Deane, saying her husband had found my camera in one of their fields, over 20km from my house! I was speechless. My parents did not know what was going on as I jumped up and down mouthing silently and pointing at the computer. We simply COULD NOT believe someone had found it. I jumped in my car and drove down to collect it, with a smile on my face that was not going to be leaving anytime soon.
I had a great laugh with Debbie and her husband as they told me about how they had been checking up on a sunburnt cow when they spotted the balloon in the field and went to investigate. They then went home, put the memory card in their computer and looked through the photos to see if they could recognize the owner but had no luck. Later, Debbie’s brother arrived, and recognized me straight away! An Easter Miracle!
When I arrived home I couldn’t wait to look at the photos and I was not disappointed! There were over 900 photos of the Cork country side, as the camera took a photo every 2 seconds on its crazy adventure in the sky. Next thing I knew I had National Newspapers contacting me, saying they wanted to publish the story! You can read the Irish Examiner article HERE, and the Irish Independent article HERE.
My friends could not believe my good luck and one remarked, “You come home for 1 week and you make the papers!” Life really is one big adventure.
Mapping the balloons journey from my house to Innishannon