Gardner House

Gardner House

As I mentioned already in my Polish Coal post, my dad worked in Suttons Coals for years. Gardner House on the South Mall in Cork used to be called Suttons House but then coal’s fortunes changed.

Oil and gas became more popular. Legislation banned any coal other than smokeless coal from urban areas and the coal industry in Ireland went into decline.

Anyway, South Mall is the “financial district” in Cork City. There are some beautiful buildings but also some damn ugly ones like Gardner House and the white building across from it.

The photowalk on Saturday is almost full! Will is going to be there too and has blogged all the photowalks countrywide. It’s going to be busy!

On the off chance it’s going to rain make sure to bring an umbrella, or at least a rain coat and if you can, a plastic bag to cover your camera. We can head into the English Market of course but there will be wanderings around the city too!

I must ring the Old Oak tomorrow and ask if they’re serving food around 4pm, failing that perhaps a restaurant. Any other suggestions?

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 6s

Open Happiness

Open Happiness

Youghal, last April. Coca Cola sells happiness while Tesco tries to sell bargains.

PS. I just posted a gallery of photos from the IBA 09 photowalk last February.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

O’Briens Sandwich Bar

O'Briens Sandwich Bar

“O’Briens’ HQ placed in examinership” according to this news report yesterday. This is their fairly recently opened (and more recently closed) “sandwich bar” on Oliver Plunkett Street here in Cork.

Loved their Triple Decker, even if it was a little pricey. Hope the company survives.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/1600s

Little Fluffy Clouds

Little Fluffy Clouds

Clouds drift over the River Lee across from Blackrock Village about a week ago.

I’m trying out the preview of Bibble 5 Pro at the moment. Great DAM features, although it is starting to slow down after importing about 90,000 images and it’s reading from an external USB 2.0 drive.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Waterford Glass

Waterford Glass

It’s funny the things that catch your eye. On a corner on Patrick’s Street there are these 3 signs: “Seiko”, “Waterford Glass” and “HMV”.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Haircut, pint and hangover pills

Haircut, Pint and hangover pills

So, start off in the College of Hairdressing to tighten up that stylish hair of yours, then off to the “Hi B” for a pint (but turn your mobile phone off!) and then downstairs to Minihan’s Pharmacy for the Alkazelser.

Actually, I don’t like the Hi B. Any pub owner who verbally attacks his customers is a pub I don’t want to frequent. Lovely people in the pharmacy though.