Tim (my son) who is a coffee aficionado, bought me some ’38 Coffee’ whole beans for Christmas. I’d duped him into thinking I was getting a brand new professional Gaggia from Santa, and he kindly thought that I’d need some beans for the big day – and of course to make him a decent cup of Americano. I was lying, of course – a serious breach of ethics, and one of those conscience riddled challenges that we all face from time to time.Continue reading 38 Espresso – An After-Christmas Taste Treat!
Motivation and Inspiration
It’s encouraging to drive along a road and see some inspirational words on a wall. In Belfast, it makes a nice change from some of the darker, paramilitary or terrorist inspired murals. Ant when you are ‘getting on a bit’ like me, this wall on the Newtownards Road is particularly appropriate – a good incentive to keep going!
This area of Belfast is known as ‘Ballymacarrett’ – an ancient townland name, and the home of many of the old Belfast industries, most notably the famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Short Brothers aircraft factory, the Belfast Rope Works and the Scirocco Works.
The mural features everything that is good about East Belfast, its community and renown, including CS Lewis, born in East Belfast. Also included are a ballerina, Belfast City Hall, and a group of children playing in the street, a boy releasing a dove, symbolising peace.
The main text on the mural is:
You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.
The Bathrooms and the Board Room!
I’ve finally got around to uploading part three of my Templemore Avenue Baths Project. If you haven’t seen Part One and Two, you can find them here.
The Public Baths was more than just a swimming pool (or two!). The original idea of the baths was to provide hygiene for the people of East Belfast at a time when houses had no bathrooms. The old bathrooms are long out of use, but I was able to get a look at them. Continue reading Templemore Avenue Baths (Part 3)
The Hanging Fireplace of Moneyreagh!
Dringing home along the Moneyreagh Road towards Ballygowan I’ve been fascinated by an old derelict dwelling near the village of Moneyreagh, at what used to be known as ‘Milligan’s Cross.’ There’s nothing special about the building, except that there’s an old second floor fireplace exposed at the side of the building. Tonight I asked Janette to leave me off outside the old building, so that I could make some photographs of the fireplace, and its surrounds, – and then to walk the two mile journey home. Here’s my favourite image:
I love the textures and colours in the walls and brick, and the contrast between the bright blue tiles and the crumbling plaster in the walls.
In December 2019 I had my attention attracted (or ‘distracted’ since I was driving!) by the old Templemore Avenue Baths, – for there were no cars parked in fort of it – which is unusual, and that fact prompted me to actually get out of the car and make some photographs.
So,you can see the original post here:
So, when I discovered that one of my ‘Baby’s First Year’ mums worked at the Baths, needless to say I asked for quick look inside, and so with the help of David, Sam and Sharon, I got a great tour of the inside of the building, and just in time too, for the building just about to be stripped inside, and incorporated into a new state of the art leisure complex being built on the adjacent site. Here’s some (but not all) of the photos…
The Boiler Room was my starting point. in a lower floor below ground level, the machinery there is still working (for the community group who have been using the building) but no less interesting for that.
The Baths had two pools, and the small of the two has been disused for quite some time.
The larger pool is still in use at the time of writing. It features little changing cubicles along the sides of the pool – probably considered unhygienic by modern standards, but perfect for the period in which the structure was built. Thanks to David for removing the pool cover to let me see the water!
I sat in one of the cubicles to get a swimmer’s view of the pool…
The most interesting part of the building is the actual bathrooms themselves, and these will be in Part 3 – following in a day or two. I’ll post a link here.