Daily Archives: August 11, 2009

The Little Mermaid

The other day I went in search of a Tall Ship.  Alas, I was out of luck.  From 13-16th August, Belfast will play host to the Tall Ships fleet of over 40 ships as they cross the finish line of the 2009 Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge a journey of over 7,000 nautical miles, arriving into the Port of Belfast to berth along the mouth of the river Lagan.

Two of the ships had already arrived but I would not get near to where they were before Thursday.  Crowds and walking are not my friends at the moment.  I hoped to head for Carrickfergus or Whitehead and catch one or two heading into Belfast Lough

I may not have found what I was looking for but I did find a little beauty.  Perched on top of a bollard I was reminded of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.

Meet Saskia, lost in concentration as she sketched Carrickfergus Castle.

This talented young lady was on holiday with her family and she told me she took her notebook everywhere with her to sketch whatever took her interest.  Sometimes it was flowers and sometimes it was buildings.  She hoped to fill the notebook with memories of her holiday.  She showed me the previous pages with a collage of pictures from her day at Belfast Zoo.

Saskia’s sister does a hand stand.

Saskia about to do a Cartwheel.

I enjoyed meeting this lovely family and mum and I exchanged email addresses.  I hope they have their photos by now.