Queen of the Indie Eejie Islands!

The Harpy Eagle

The first thing I thought of when Jed posted this challenge on Sunday was the song ‘I wanna be like you’ from the Jungle Book. It’s been stuck in my head ever since bursting forth from my mouth on several occasions.

I liked the idea of being some sort of ape / monkey like creature, swinging from branch to branch, eating banana’s and generally monkeying around, but I figured that all that strenuous activity would take it’s tole on my arms and the banana’s would bind me up. Kinda crap (literally) when you’re swinging from branches, having fun and you’re hit with the sudden urge to visit a rest room, or the Pee Pee Le Poo Palace as it would be called in the jungle!

So I had a rethink, and decided that I would want to fly. Imagine being able to soar high above the treetops, a real birds eye view of the world below.

I pondered which bird I would want to be. There’s the Toucan which used to feature on old Guinness post cards, that could be a good choice, but nay I thought to myself, that would turn me into a bad Queen. If anyone were to disrespect my realm, I would be worried that I would don the catchphrase ‘Toucan play at that game’, before dishing out a fitting punishment. Back to the drawing board.

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Oooo, Toucan play at that game alright it seems!

A few others were researched and disregarded, including the parrot…including the parrot. You can see why I decided against it. You can see why…..ok ok we get the idea!

I figured that if I was to be the ruler of my domain then I needed to be something fairly majestic, so I Googled eagles, and there it was, The Harpy Eagle.

According to a very reputable source (ahem Wikipedia) this species of bird was the inspiration behind the design of Fawkes the Phoenix in the Harry Potter films. What more proof did I need that I had made the right choice.

Ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you, the ruler of The Indie Eejie Islands, The Harpy Eejity Eagle!

Be nice, behave and most of all be wary, or I will punish you with le poop on le head!


Inspired by this weeks ‘Okay, What if?’ writing challenge! There is still time to put your own spin on it!


Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance!

Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance 

Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

I’d pledge allegiance to Swizzel’s Matlow (see here), only I am pretty sure that’s not what this is all about.

Seriously though, on the day I make a promise to undertake more of the Daily Prompt’s and not shy away from using the few brain cells I have left, up comes this Daily Prompt! I live in Northern Ireland ffs, this is not going to be easy!

Patriotism is a devotion to one’s country

I couldn’t give a flying fig if you are Catholic, Protestant or any of the other many religions out there. I was brought up to believe that both sides are equal. One human being is the same as any other regardless of class, colour, religion or sexual orientation. It matters very little to me, if you treat me with respect, then that is exactly how I will treat you.

Although I have lived in Northern Ireland all my life, I don’t really understand all the fighting myself, I’m like the majority of the population who wish it would all just stop so we could live in actual peace. The way I see it, if the fighting continues, there will come a day when there is nothing left to fight for.

Something that was said by the the wife of a gentleman who was murdered by terrorists always stuck in my head. When talking of his death she said,  “And what for? A piece of land that my husband is going to get six feet of.” It doesn’t matter who said it, those words could have been uttered by a grieving relative of someone on either side of the divide, it’s the importance of what was said that struck me. A  6ft rectangle is all any of us are going to get, why waste the important days of your life fighting over it and wrecking the beautiful country in which you live.

So everything else aside, Northern Ireland actually is a beautiful place to live. We’re blessed with some of the most gorgeous scenery in the United Kingdom, we pull a pretty mean pint of Guinness and there is always great craic and banter to be had with the locals.

‘The Giants Causeway’ – Image by Patrice78500

Probably one of the most famous landmarks is ‘The Giants Causeway‘ which many believe to be all that remains of a bridge made by the Irish Giant Finn McCool when trying to link Ireland to Scotland.

The landscape became so imbued with the spirit of this legend that it gave rise to the name – the Giant’s Causeway.

We also have castles, beautiful beaches, wonderful Abbeys, that although now in ruins are still a magnificent sight and well worth a visit,  stately homes, amazing gardens, the list goes on. Some of these fine days I’m going to take myself on a road trip with my camera and go exploring, there are still so many things I have yet to see. It’s something however, that I would like to experience with someone who has never been here before, because sometimes a fresh perspective can open eyes that have become oblivious to their surroundings.

A few years back I became interested in photography, I saw my surroundings a lot differently whilst looking through the lens of a camera, but I shall let you see for yourself, here are some of my shots of various places in Northern Ireland. Hopefully it will let you see us a bit differently, than what you perhaps hear and see via the media.

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Whitepark Bay
The Cliffs at Dunluce Castle
Sand Dunes at Whitepark Bay
Old Youth Hostel
Old Youth Hostel – Whitepark Bay
Rathlin Island
The Big Fish – A printed ceramic mosaic
Grey Abbey
Day out with Dad
Bonamargy Friary
Bog Cotton
Bog Cotton at Spelga Dam
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Scrabo Tower (my favourite out of all I have taken)

Life is a Lottery!

Fingers crossed for the Geek!
Fingers crossed for the Geek!

A while ago I started playing the lottery online. It was so much easier, deposit £10 and get your tickers for the next 4 weeks, no temptation to purchase a sneaky scratch card.

I don’t even really like playing the lottery. I used to buy lucky dips every now and again and that was about it. About 6 months ago Shady and I picked 6 numbers and I’ve been playing them ever since. It’s almost got to the stage I am scared not to play in case the dam numbers come up, with a lucky dip you would never have that worry.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I wouldn’t want to win millions and millions of pounds. I don’t believe that money can buy happiness, it’s brought me nothing but misery, my own fault of course.

First things first I’d have to buy his nibs a ticket from the USA to Dublin cos that’s  the cheapest direct flight, I might be a millionaire, but I’m still going to be sensible. We’d bum around Dublin for a while checking out the sights and supping pints of Guinness before we headed North.

I’d pay all my bills so I did not owe anyone in the whole wide world a single penny.

I’d give money to my family for them to spend as they pleased. If I won enough I’d pay off a few mortgages to make life a little sweeter.

I’d give Lee £10,000 to spend on gadgets and technology. I’d also give him a box of tissues, he tends to drool over shiny electronic items! He uses tissues for other things too but you really do NOT want to know!

I’d buy Paul a TV licence so he didn’t have to watch programs 7 days behind the rest of us. I’d have to be creative about how I helped him out. Were I just to hand him a wad of cash he’d head to the pub darts in hand! Worse still, he might buy a pub!!

Photograph by Matt Mechtley

I’d buy a medium sized house, that would have a games room. Shady and I have had so much fun talking about how we’d kit it out. We never usually get much farther than pinball tables, lots of lovely pinball tables. There’d be a wall of TV’s with one of every kind of console attached. A full sized,  sit in Sega Rally and OutRun, a huge jukebox, a pool table and an air hockey table. Shelves all around the room would house my recently purchased collection of game character models, my Final Fantasy collection being the first to reach completion.

There would be a secret panel in the wall to conceal my little fetish room. Wall to wall stationary. Paper, pens, notebooks, journals, memo blocks, post it notes……I might need a tissue myself soon! What can I say, I’m a freak! I LOVE stationary, it makes me all google eyed!

Whats the reality?

I’d probably win a tenner and lose the ticket on the way to cash it in!

But a girl can dream!

If money was no object, what would you buy?