Archive for March 6th, 2014

A Dragon Looks at Two

So, there’s this thing called a “birthday.” Pesky, tricksy things that keep coming back, year after year, sneaking up and pouncing on the unsuspecting. None are more “unsuspecting” than children under the age of four. By four, I think they’ve gotten the routine figured out, and know what to look for. Hell, they might figure it out by three, I don’t know. It’ll be another year before I solve that little mystery.

Which is another way of saying…he’s two. Two. Two? Yes, really. He’s two.

It’s been a wild year, seeing him grow, both cognitavely and physically (really, for two, he’s as tall as some three-year olds we know). Cognitavely? While far from being a chatterbox, he’s got enough of a vocabulary to identify some common things in the house, the pet’s names. He has some favorite things to request: “Mick Mou” (aka: Micky Mouse Clubhouse) is the current thing, but he’s also gone through stages of “Rat Cook” (Ratatouille), “Cars” (Cars), “Dragon” (How to Train your Dragon), “Nemo” (Finding Nemo), and surprisingly, “Redboot” (Robots).

He’ll dance with music, smile often, or just curl up with a blanket (if he’s watching something). He’ll bring us books to read, and likes to go “outside” (when weather permits), and doesn’t seem to mind the cold. Seriously. He experienced his first time playing in snow recently, and didn’t want to go back inside. He climbs, he slides, and generally makes each of our days brighter.

Here’s to the start of a third year. It’s likely to be just as wild, and just as exciting. We’re looking forward to it.

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Repurposing: Carey’s Castle, County Waterford

In continuing the March (read: Irish) trend that I’ve got in place with the Monday Videos, I’mĀ focusing on Irish locations for the next few weeks.

First up: Carey’s Castle, in County Tipperary

From what I’ve seen, it was built by a family of schoolmasters sometime in the 1800s, and was a resident for monks at some point. I found a collection of pictures here, that I give a better feel for the structure and the surrounding area. From what I’ve found, there is apparently a good walking trail nearby.

If you follow the link to the collection, you’ll notice a mix of archetectural styles — the multiple arch designs stuck out for me (some curved, some pointed, and a few blocked).

For another take on pictures, consider these, taken more recently, and in Black & White.

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