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Tattooed piglet, part of Pigs on Parade for the Jack and Jill Foundation.

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These works of art were designed by various artists in a wide range of styles.

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This was one of my favourites, covered in symbolic tattoos.

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Church door

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The door to a church in France, detailed sculpture making a decorative entrance.
Looking forward to going to France again next year, revisiting a few of my favourite places for the great food and drink and beautiful scenery.

Off season end of season

Watched the season finale of Game of Thrones last night, winter is coming – most definitely!  Can’t wait for next season and (hopefully) the next book too.
In keeping with this and totally out of season here, this is a picture of a snowy park in winter.

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Vivid memories

NewYork night

New York at night

Bright lights of the city that never sleeps bringing back vivid memories of holidays in New York.  I can almost feel the heat and hear the traffic when I look at this picture

On the way by the National Gallery

On the way home from percussion group I walk past the National Gallery, which is undergoing a strip back and revamp. 

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On the outside of the hoarding, these photos show the work in progress.

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The gallery is on the way to a fresh look, with state of the art display spaces.

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Every time I passed these pictures I think how much I would like to see inside.

Friday half day

Today was Blooming marvellous, except for the weather 🙂   I took a half day off work and went to Bloom in the Phoenix Park, took photos of the show gardens,  sampled food and drink.  Much nicer than spending the afternoon in work and I ended up on the same train home as I would normally get. 
There seems to have been a watery type theme going on in many of the gardens and blue flowers feature in many of them.

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Peter pan themed garden

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Coastal planting, with the bones of a boat and fish sculptures

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More fish sculptures,  this time in copper wire

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Flowers in all shades of blue

For me it’s as much about the food as the plants.  They have farm animals there and demonstrations of things like sheep shearing to encourage people to think about where their food comes from.  There’s a stage where chefs do demos and many of the food stalls give samples as well as having stuff for sale.

I bought the new Blur album recently, on download which I’ve never done before, and I’m really enjoying that, particularly ‘Ghost Ship’, which has a lovely melody.  I’ve been thinking of getting the vinyl, but I think there might be something wrong with my record player.  I haven’t really used it in years and everything sounds way too crackly.

I’ve been re-watching a few episodes of ‘The Smoking Room’, which is a great little comedy, well worth checking out.