Steam Power

The Ulster Festival of Steam and Transport at Ballymena. We go most years and it always seems to rain.

There weren’t as many steam engines as in previous years, probably down to Covid. I expect it will take a bit longer for events such as this to get back to normal and it can’t be easy to transport these huge engines around the country.

This year it rained as usual but not until we were leaving.

Ulster Steam and Transport Rally 2022, Ballymena

Ulster Steam and Transport Rally 2022, Ballymena

Pickie to Pier

Pickie to Pier Swim 2022

The Pickie to Pier swim in Bangor leaves Skippingstone Beach, just past the Pickie play area and finishes at the RNLI launch ramp at the base of Eisenhower Pier. It’s a distance of around 800 metres and about 200 swimmers take part.

After a 30 year lapse the swim was relaunched in 2019. It was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, but returned in 2021.

This year the swim took place, for the first time in the evening, on Friday, 8 July 2022.

Samson or Goliath

Samson or Goliath
Harland and Wolff Shipyard crane

Another photograph of a Harland and Wolff Shipyard crane, this time viewed through a gap in two apartment blocks. The two cranes, Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are much photographed.

Samson is the largest at 348 feet against Goliath at 315 feet. Unfortunately I don’t know which one this is. I need to see them together to tell them apart.


Gardener watering freshly planted flowers

It’s Summer but I took this photograph in the Spring. Now thoughts are turning to repairs, general tidying up and staining fences and sheds to prepare for the Winter. The seasons exert more influence on us than we like to think, even in the 21st Century.