New Beginnings

This title sounds like the name of a digital scrapbooking kit! Alas, no, I have not started designing my own kits. Much too difficult, I prefer to use other peoples’ stuff.

So how was you New Year? We had a quiet New Years Eve, apart from our neighbour who came round and was coerced into some Wii-ing. Watched the crowds in London watching the fireworks, listened to Big Ben strike midnight, and decided it would definitely not be fun to be in the middle of those huge crowds in the cold wind and rain.

I don’t usually make New Years resolutions, but if I had this year it should have been this:

DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH THE MENUS ON YOUR NEW CAMERA WHILE WAITING IN THE CAR, AND DEFINITELY DO NOT PRESS THE FORMAT CF CARD FUNCTION WITHOUT FIRST REALISING THIS WILL DELETE ALL PHOTOS ON THE CAMERA!

Oh well, I will live and hopefully learn! Fortunately no precious photos lost, just a few (hundred?) of the beach, the waves, the river…..while I experimented with various settings on the camera. However, I can pretend they were the most AMAZING photos ever, and like the fisherman who tells of the fish that was “This Big” but was also The One That Got Away. You believe me, don’t you?

Well, my disappointment was shortlived when we woke to snow the next morning. We missed the deep snow that fell at home, but there was a pretty covering and it was very cold, so I wrapped up and set off to take some snowy shots of the local landscape. I am sure it happens lots in colder countries, but this was my first experience of snow ON the beach and sand dunes.

Here are just a few of my fav photos of that morning:



Dunluce Castle (above and below)



2 pics of White Rocks Strand




The Skerries Islands

The rest are all of Runkerry Strand at Portballintrae

Do you have a favourite from these photos? Let me know.

I know some of you just read my blog to hear the news of George the cat!

So here is some George news

George spent the few weeks over Christmas in his new second home, the vets! We visited him on 2 January, and warned the kids that George would NOT be coming -home with us. Of course, the vet said – “Would you like to take him home?” So George is back, still sporting the must have accessory for cats = a huge plastic collar so he can’t lick his wounds, and give them a chance to properly heal. This means he has to be kept indoors for now, but as you can see from these photos, he seems to be coping quite well, and his purring is as loud as ever! The girls insisted on tucking him in, but he didn’t seem to mind too much.

Finally, a layout! First for a few weeks, and my first Christmas Day 2007 layout. I did it for a scraplift challenge over at The Meadow.

That is me (sort of) up to date.

Take care until next time.

18 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. First time here….I love it…those photos are great!!! and poor George..your layout is awesome and speaks so loud!!! Have an awesome day!

  2. Wow – those photos are stunning! I’ve never seen snow on the beach either! I tried to pick my favorite, but it was too difficult – I like them all. I’m so glad that George is back home. He is sooooo cute tucked in sleeping.

  3. Carjazi - aka Diane

    I’m so sorry that you lost the photos on your card, but WOW the one’s you have posted are amazing. I can’t pick a fave either, I’m loving the ones of the waves. Just Awesome photos! Glad your back been missing my N. Irish friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh my! Sorry you lost your photos!

    But the ones you have here are totally amazing! I love that place! O would really like to have a chance to visit it one day.

    Poor kitty too!

  5. Welcome back Jan Mary! I’m sorry that you lost your pics, but you sure made up for it with great ones. I love the one with the fence and the overlook.

    Glad that George is doing well. My cats really hated those cones! Have a great day and welcome back!

  6. ROFL My 3 year just saw the pictures of your cat and said, ha ha ha! A cat in a bowl. LOL

    I’m so glad he’s doing good!

    What stunning pictures! All of them are gorgeous!

  7. “DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH THE MENUS ON YOUR NEW CAMERA WHILE WAITING IN THE CAR, AND DEFINITELY DO NOT PRESS THE FORMAT CF CARD FUNCTION WITHOUT FIRST REALISING THIS WILL DELETE ALL PHOTOS ON THE CAMERA”

    1- ugh – been there done that!

    2- my favorite photo would be the last one, with the beach grass in the snow.

    3 – WELCOME HOME GEORGE!

    4 – some of the pics of the cats are almost posed the same as your little boy with his cars!! Great layout, btw!

  8. Hi JanMary,
    What gorgeous photos (as always). I liked the first one of the castle and the one with the fence. Your lost in my world LO is so adorable and your title is so fitting! Glad to hear George is home. He’s just so darn cute… wish I could reach thru the screen and scratch his little head! LOL!

    Hugs,
    Donna

  9. I really liked the photo of the bench, and the last one.
    They were all beautiful, I’ve never seen the sea meeting snow covered land like that. I always picuture the sea and the waves in a tropical setting.
    The layout turned out great, too!
    Happy New Year!

  10. Beautiful photos, sorry you lost some but hopefully there wan’t any majorly important! Glad your cat is home, hopefully its for good this time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 2335, the waves capture my imagination… i did my masters thesis in irish lit and remember so many references to waves crashing and the keening of the soul heard in those wavesg…

  12. Good Morning JM!

    Oh Dear – so sorry that you lost your pics… have had this happen to me too. Gives you such a sick feeling, no?

    The pics you have posted are very powerful and evoke emotions of mystery and romance! Thanks for sharing.

    Po ‘lil Georgie kidden kat…

    Don’t you wish we could all get ‘lost’ like your sweet son?

    have a wonderful day!

    ~ Barb

  13. oh so sorry to hear that you have lost your photos ๐Ÿ™ I knew that feeling, I lost all my digikits, photos for 2007 and much much more in august. So now I have 2 ehd to put my things too. and I also got a dvdburner to christmas. So now is all my photos etc on dvd’s too.

    you have taken so much beautiful photos. I love them.

    poor poor george, I hope he is better soon.

    have a great sunday and week

  14. First time here–lovely site!

    I loved the pictures of Dunluce Castle in the snow! I’ve been there twice, once this past summer and once in 1997–Northern Ireland is one of my favorite places on earth!

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