Northern Ireland

(Wed 1-Nov-2017)

I visited Northern Ireland recently, with my wife, for our tenth wedding anniversary, so we’ve now been to all four nations that make up the UK.

While we were there, we visited Giant’s Causeway (because how can you not?):

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Despite it being a rainy day in September, it was busy, and the walk down from the visitor centre to the rocks was crowded, but had some spectacular views:

Northern Ireland: beach near Giant's Causeway

Though I must admit to be nearly as interested to see the award winning visitor centre as the rocks themselves:

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Afterwards, we visited the nearby remains of Dunluce Castle, thought to be the inspiration behind Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, and a filming location for the great castle of Pyke, Seat of House Greyjoy, in Game of Thrones:

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

View from Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

We also visited a Patterson’s Spade Mill, to see 19th century water-powered spade manufacturing, which sounds boring but really wasn’t. I don’t have photos of most of this, but the power came from this turbine, now about 200 years old:

Spade Mill Turbine

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And on the subject of masking tape...

(Thu 3-Aug-2017)
Photo showing walls painted with thick blue masking tape on woodwork and adjoining wall

This thick, coloured masking tape is much better than standard narrow strips of nearly invisible tape. It’s wider than the edge of the roller, so it’s easier to roll right up to without going past it onto the ceiling or next wall.

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The many uses of masking tape, part one.

(Wed 2-Aug-2017)
Drawers with masking tape labels

I’m working on becoming an organised person with an organised house, something I’ve been bad at for a long time. I’ve sorted out my son’s drawers (with his help and input), and until he’s used to it, these masking tape labels should help him with both putting away laundry and getting out clean clothes to get dressed. I tried something similar with post it notes for my daughter, but they fell off within a day. Masking tape is nearly as easy to write (and draw) on, sticks better, but still won’t damage the furniture when I take it off.

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On Christian culture

(Sun 4-Jun-2017)

I was reading The L’Abri Statements of Faith (PDF), and this section, from 1.5, about applying God’s truth to the whole of life, really struck me:

Often Christians retreat from the wider culture, believing it to be completely dominated by ideas and practices which are contrary to God’s commandments. Developing our own sub-culture will provide protection from the world for ourselves and our children, many Christians feel, and so society is abandoned to go its wicked way. Yet, God has not abandoned the human race, humans all still bear the divine image, and therefore His Glory can still be perceived in all human cultures despite the terrible corruptions of sin. As Christians we are called by the Lord not to withdraw from the world but to be in it, living as salt and light in it, rejoicing in all that is good in human society, and committing ourselves to make a difference in our own small way in whatever calling we are placed by the Lord.

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Stoodley Pike

(Wed 7-Sep-2016)

Last Friday, we visited Stoodley Pike, a monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon, originally built in 1819 and rebuilt in 1856.

It’s quite a short walk from the Harvelin Park estate of Todmorden, but 180m of elevation change, so it was quite an effort to get up to it! (Google maps link) It was very windy at the top of the hill around the monument.

Stoodley Pike

There is staircase inside to a balcony 40 feet up, the whole monument is 121 feet tall.

Stoodley Pike

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