AS SEEN ON MANOR STREET
If you say that the writing is on the wall, you mean that there are clear signs that a situation is going to become very difficult or unpleasant. However, I have decided to be optimistic, how about you?
ST MARY’S CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCH – ALL KERBING PROHIBITED BY ORDER
Today I visited this graveyard for the second time, this time to try a different camera and lens combination [Canon 1DsMkIII – Sigma 24-105mm lens].
On arrival I was surprised to see the following notice: “all kerbing, temporary or permanent is prohibited by order”. It caught my attention because I did not understand what the word “kerbing” means in the context of a churchyard or graveyard. [Note: if you examine my images you will see many examples of kerbing]
I later discovered that kerbed memorials differ from headstones in that a kerbed memorial covers the entire grave. In Ireland many cemeteries do not permit the setting of traditional kerbed memorials on an individual basis. Here is a good explanation https://www.ukmemorialservice.co.uk/a-kerb-set-provides-clear-definition/
An interesting discussion of the issue in Ireland https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/middle-line-needs-to-be-found-after-public-outcry-over-graveyard-flowers-and-trinkets-ban-35993292.html
Excellent advice regarding the maintenance of old graveyards: https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/content/files/guidance_care_conservation_recording_historic_graveyards_2011_7mb.pdf
THE BOTANIC GARDENS – VIKING HOUSE
The Viking house is a replica based on a 11th century type one Dublin house excavated in the 1980’s by Patrick Wallis and his team at Wood quay. The house is 8mtrs long and 4mtrs wide, with a ridge height of 3.5mtrs, it has an Oak trestle frame and a door at each end.
The Viking House came about as a project to mark the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
It was built between January and May 2014 by master craftsman Eoin Donnelly and thatched by Peter Compton.
In 1961 excavations in the region of Wood Quay and Fishamble Street in Dublin revealed the perfectly preserved remains of Viking Dublin, dating from the 9th and 10th centuries. The building is an accurate recreation of one of these first Dublin houses based upon the archaeological evidence.
In Viking Age Dublin each house had a fence and a long plot of land in which they probably kept chickens and grew vegetables, fibre and dye plants. We know they ate a lot of wheat and barley as well as growing cabbages, beans and onions.
Large quantities of bones from cattle sheep and pigs, as well as fish and shellfish from Dublin bay meant they had a healthy and varied diet.
I am still testing the Canon 1Ds Mk3 Sigma 24-105 combination. I did not realise that the lens came with a hood but today I discovered a hood in the box and unfortunately I incorrectly attached it to the lens and as a result I had to crop many of my photographs as the hood was visible at the corner of some of the images.
I also uses Dxo Raw to pre-process the photographs before importing them into Lightroom … this was an experiment and it may not be practical to include this step in my workflow.
BIRDS IN THE BOTANIC GARDENS – CANON 1Ds Mk3 SIGMA 24-105
Any visit to the Gardens reveals a colourful, charming, and sometimes noisy array of our feathered friends but this time they may not have displayed much colour but they did attract a lot of attention and interest.