Beyond my Front Door

White world outside my front door. The church is over there...somewhere...

White world outside my front door. The church is over there…somewhere…


I went to clean my teeth this morning, and by the time I emerged, the world had been transformed by a thick white blanket of snow. I quickly relocated my car to the bottom of the drive; it leads up to our house on the top of a hill, and I can quickly get snowed in, while the rest of the world remains relatively unaffected. Ireland is in for a cold snap for the next week, I’ve just been informed by local radio, followed by high tides and floods.

We’re only two weeks into January, and we’ve seen mild temperatures, wild winds, severe frost, thick fog, and beautiful sunny spring days. What a month of contrast it has already been!

So while I contemplate this new monochrome world outside my window, a few days ago, this is what I found outside my front door…

I must apologise for the poor quality of some of my pics; I admit I’m no photographer, and the light and shadow created such a strong contrast, that my camera/ phone couldn’t handle it, the colour has quite leeched out of the images. But I think you get the idea…

I love where I live. If I could only find an ancient stone circle or burial mound within walking distance, I’d be over the moon. Talking of which, you should see the night sky from here, it’s amazing.

42 Comments on “Beyond my Front Door

  1. Ali the photos are lovely!! We learn as we go I think with photography! Lucky you- we have only had the grey wets here on the west coast of Canada. I’d love some snow!! You do live in a lovely place!

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    • Normally grey wets is what we have here. But every year since we moved here we have had a period of snow in the winter. It is very beautiful, but the practicality of dealing with it in a country which is always inadequately prepared, is quite another story. Hubby has 4 wheel drive, but I dont, so I often get stranded at the top of our hill, when the rest of the world is relatively unaffected. Its a bit like going into hibernation!

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  2. Speaking as a professional photographer, I think your photos are amazing! I LOVE the one of the donkey! (Is he stuck?) And the dog is adorable! Oh, and that road and those hills are gorgeous! Your world looks like a postcard. Oh, the photos I could take there! Thank you for sharing! ❀

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    • Thanks Rachel! No he was definitely NOT stuck! He would have followed us to our front door if there wasnt a hedge around his field! I think you would take fantastic pics here! You must come over…

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    • Yes, Cavan. When I first moved here, I thought it had nothing going for it, just lakes and fishing and farms and cattle… because that is what everyone believes. How wrong can anyone be? Undervalued and under-rated! Bursting with beautiful scenery, friendly people, history and mythology, it really is a hidden gem. You have to dig beneath the surface to find it though.

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  3. One of my old school friends is the donkey ride man on the beach in the town I grew up in. I can never see a donkey without thinking of him (He always gave my kids free rides when we were visiting – it’s not what you know….). Great pictures and lucky you with the snow, my youngest would love some white stuff but it is a real rarity where we live. He lives in hope!

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    • The snow didn’t last very long. It was followed by gales and horizontal sleet. But it is january, so what can we expect? I don’t know why are always so continually surprised by the weather lol!

      Yeah, donkeys are lovely! We used to have one when we were kids. I always wanted a pony, it was the closest I ever got…

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  4. Gorgeous vistas. Beautiful pix. I know what it’s like to love where you live. My home is in the woods, and while we don’t have beautiful views like you, we have the peace and solace of the forest, and the woodland creatures who visit us.

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

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    • That sounds idyllic! I am in awe of trees. I walk in our local woods quite regularly, in fact I was there with my dog this morning. Its not really a natural woodland though. It was planted in the 1800s, although it is quite wild now. How wonderful to be visited by woodland creatures! There is nothing better than watching the ‘aliveness’ of nature all around your home!

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  5. Beautiful, Ali. I can imagine walking out and seeing that cold, quiet, pristine expanse of things from a front yard, and that hushed silence the snow makes….. and then I can imagine quickly darting back inside where it’s warm! πŸ™‚

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  6. You had your bright green, you have your blanket of white, and then there’s your donkey. Quite a phone camera full of Ireland, my lucky friend. I like them all, Ali. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Mark! That donkey took quite a liking to Indi and I… I think he would have followed us all the way home if he could! I’ll have to take him some carrots next time I’m up that way. Hope hes been taken in out of the snow.

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  7. Oh, what an amazing place to live!
    Such beautiful views! (and Indi looks cute for someone who doesn’t like posing. lol!)

    I have always wanted to experience the four seasons. I imagine how it enriches the lives!
    πŸ˜€

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      • We only have rainy and dry season :)) (I live in Indonesia, which is super tropical)
        It is raining super heavy outside right now and I am under my blanket. LOL! (with a cup of hot kaffir lime tea next to me)

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  8. I’ve lived in both too. I enjoy both, but they are different. Sometimes I wish I could see the millions of stars, and listen to the coyotes at night. Then I remember digging up my septic tank, and repairing my well at 10 below F. There’s something to be said for public utilities and snowplows.

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    • Lol! Yes, you have to make sacrifices for sure. Our water comes from a locally managed community well, but the septic tank… well, lets not go there! Its very quiet here at night. Days are noisy thanks to the crow colony,,but I like them. I also like black cats. What does this say about me?

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      • We didn’t have crows at that point of my life. There were huge groups of ravens, and a den of baby badgers just off my property. Talk about cute.

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        • The only badgers Ive seen here are dead ones on the side of the road unfortunately. I bet they were cute! I saw 3 hooded crows last week. Normally we only get black ones. They were sleek and fat, not scraggy like my crow colony.

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          • That’s right. All this stuff is completely different between countries. Our badgers are similar, but different. In Idaho there are tons of jay type birds. Ravens, crows, magpies, whiskyjacks, blue jays, pine jays, etc. etc. They are all very smart too.

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            • I wrote a post about crows. There was a video about how intelligent they are. They can really think for themselves, work out puzzles, make and use tools,,count… amazing stuff!

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