Friday festive photo hunt – decorations

For something a bit different for December Kate’s monthly photo challenge  has gained a Christmas theme and gone weekly with a photo, or photos, posted each Friday except Christmas Day. The topic for this week is Decorations and I could think of nothing better than the highly decorated house front just a few doors up from the family home in Roscrea.
The couple who live there originally put a few decorations in the front garden just for their kids but after compliments from a few neighbours they decided to continue each year but adding at least one different thing each time; they also have a ‘post box’ on the gate post for people to post donations if they wish and these all go to a local charity.
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I only started going over to Ireland in 2016 but unfortunately the photos I took of the decorations that year didn’t come out too well. I should actually be over there now for a short break but circumstances being as they are I’ve been unable to go, however I’m keeping my fingers crossed that in twelve months time I’ll be able to see what’s been added to the decorations and take some more photos.

31 thoughts on “Friday festive photo hunt – decorations

    1. I don’t have any myself but I do love seeing other people’s lights and these are great. I’m disappointed that I won’t get to see them this year though 😦

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  1. We have a highly decorated house in our village – they only use masses of white lights and they seem to have an awful lot of them and it is just purely for their own pleasure! The electricity grid must rub their hands together when they switch on their lights and their neighbours must have to use eye masks to be able to sleep at night – it is very very bright!
    Your Roscrea photos are a much more gentle light and certainly more fun πŸ™‚

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  2. Heavens, I can just imagine it – I hope they switch the lights off when they go to bed so the neighbours aren’t disturbed during the night. I like these as some of the decorations in the garden move as well as look pretty πŸ™‚

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  3. The house looks fabulous! It’s a shame you’re unable to visit Ireland this year but next year you will, keep looking forward. A cul-de-sac near us is well lit up, all houses competing to be the best methinks πŸ™‚

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  4. It would have been Michael’s dad’s anniversary mass last Sunday and we are both gutted we couldn’t be there – unfortunately the second lockdown ended just a couple of days too late 😦 Hopefully next year we’ll be there. There’s a house round the corner from me which is well lit up but not as much as this one here.

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  5. Clever you! I never thought of that for decorations. I do like to see homes with plenty of lights outside even if they are bright and garish but some how they appeal to me.

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  6. Yes I too like to see houses decorated outside too – but with limitations. They can go over the top. But as most are done with collection boxes for charity they do some good.

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    1. There are a couple of houses I pass on one of my dog walks that look like Blackpool illuminations and have huge blow-up Santas on the roof – completely OTT imo, but I like these ones and they really brighten up the street πŸ™‚

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  7. Looks great & we have certain streets sometimes that go all out with decorating & they attract quite a bit of attention. People seem to have been somewhat reluctant this year with festivities & I think we are all holding our breaths somewhat to see what Christmas will bring (as in another wave of this virus possibly), but I’ve made a start with a wreath on the door. Take care & hugs from down under.

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    1. Lots of people here have been putting up Christmas lights early, two houses I pass near work had their windows lit up before Halloween. Normally I would think it ridiculous but I suppose some people are just finding a way of brightening up the end of what has been a really awful year.

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  8. sorry for not playing by the rules. Ill put my right foot in and shake it around & turn myself about then do the ‘hookie- pokie’ and that’s what it’s all about ❗️

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  9. It looks so festive, I bet it looks even better if/when it snows! I’d like to put more lights up outside of our house, but the roof is a little too high, more yard ornaments are needed instead.

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  10. I’m a big kid, I love walking around and seeing what displays have appeared outside the village houses. I think this year so many people have made even more effort – in our village there was a request for as many people as possible to put lights up this year and over 130 houses signed up.

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  11. I wouldn’t like to see their electric bill in January, haha. I do like to see all the outdoor decorations, more and more people seem to go all out these days than they did even just a few years ago.

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  12. It does look fabulous. We have something similar near to us and they seem to go brighter and bolder every year. I used to think it was a bit over the top but over the last few years it’s grown on me and I look forward to seeing what they’ve added every year now. It always brings a smile when we drive past and I would definitely miss it if they stopped doing it πŸ˜ƒ

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  13. I do love seeing them but we never ‘go to town’ or overboard on decorations. I did pester for a reindeer for a couple of years back in the UK but I always had to make do with someone else’s. Fortunately we had obliging neighbours. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Not easy this Christmas, is it? Just you and Michael? And the dogs, of course!

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    1. Yes Jo, just me and Michael and the pets. Michael only gets Christmas Day anyway, he’ll be working the rest of the time 😦 I don’t bother with decorations myself although I do have a very small tree for the unit in the living room.

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  14. How special this is that it is so near an important place for you. These outdoor decorations can take on mammoth proportions in the US where we lived for a while but they are also popular here in New Zealand despite that it doesn’t get dark till at least 9pm.

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  15. The Irish connection is with Michael, his dad came from Roscrea so the family home was his – his sister-in-law still lives there and this house is just a few doors away. Sadly he passed away just four years ago but I wish he could have seen these decorations.

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