About Me

This blog was started on 13th May 2013 in order to explore some of my more creative skills that were just waiting to leap out. The format would hopefully provide some great and constructive feedback and allow me to consider where I want to head to next.

The blog predominantly features photography and, to a lesser extent, writing. Photographs on this site are available for purchase in a high definition format and I would ask that you use the contact form on my Copyright Page for enquiries.

I am based in Cork and love to travel within Ireland and further afield. Being based in Europe I am privileged to able to take a 2-3 hour flight and explore different cultures, tastes, architecture and landscapes. However, if we stop to look all around us, there is plenty of beauty to see in everyday life. I would hope that this blog can underline this through both images and the written word.

With holidays I like to find hidden gems and prefer to take this route and get it wrong on occasions than to ‘play safe’. Once we stayed in an old farmhouse where the walls were so thick it could have been a fortress and the lady running it (who spoke no English) apologised as while all the jams, honey, butter, cured ham etc at breakfast were homemade, the cheese was not – it came from the farm down the road (or perhaps I should say track).

So that’s me in a rather large nutshell (think coconut), plenty going on and all rather exciting. I will endeavour to respond to all comments and thank all those that deem my blog worthy of a follow.

Many thanks for getting this far and have a great life.

John Grant

Note: Unless specified, the photographs and posts on this blog are the work of John Grant, working under the name of Meticulous Mick and JRCR Grant. 

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266 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thank you for sharing. You have a wonderful display. I always find it fascinating to look at photos and wonder what the photographer was thinking when he snapped it. I will be visiting Ireland in July with a camera in hand hoping to capture just a sliver of the beauty you have captured in your photos.

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    1. Cheers Quirky and I hope you have a great time while over here. Just remember, the weather can change in the blink of an eye and that changing light can be so rewarding 😎 So many times when taking images, something just captures my attention. I can’t always tell why, but I know I just love it. If others do too then that’s great. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words, so nice to receive. Hopefully there is a wee bit of humour in the site too, but above all I feel under no pressure to put what people want to see, but to put out what appeals to me. Hopefully you will continue to appreciate all that makes me naturally curious. MM 🍀

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    1. Thank you so much Ronald, I quickly popped over to your blg and liked the variety (lots of different places) and natural subjects – seems to mirror my own blog I feel. Going to explore a bit more later – so….I’ll be back. Thank you for your kind comments here, MM / John 🍀

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  2. I loved your pictures… I haven’t explored your blog, but looking at beautiful pictures clicked by you I’m pressing like button!

    By the way, you are based in Ireland but you say you’ll be interested in opportunities in Munster, Germany…you love Germany especially Munster?

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    1. Hi there Arv, I’ll pop over and check your own work in minute but thanks for all the likes and, in particular, your comments.

      While Munster is the name given to a German province, it is also the name given to one of the four provinces of Ireland. In Ireland, Munster covers the counties of Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. Can cause a bit of confusion. 😕🍀

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      1. Thanks Mick… It’s a news to me about Munster in Ireland..
        I hope to travel to Ireland someday. To me Ireland brings in images of overcast sky and great cliffs! I don’t know why I have this image in my mind… is it misplaced?

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      2. No the Cliffs of Moher are well known as is the wet weather which makes everything so green. Guinness, the pubs, live music, horse racing, the catholic church, 50 shades of green, …..that roughly completes it…..🍀

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  3. Oh I can resonate to you I am 49 12-122015—-my body feels the old but my mind refuses to get old. Thank you for stopping over at my blog. I use to do security now got a degree and cannot find a job so of course I went back to cutting hair at a Great Clips, 8.25 an hour…if only the people realize this maybe they would give a TIP more often. My monthly income with a 21 year old is 1000.00 a month if that, ugh….I might have to blog about it as I have been not given promotions and advances fo political reasons and had to quit Security. I don’t like that another girl that has no high school diploma who started AFTER me got a raise and promotion and Not me…I quit, moved on and pray to do book reviews for authors and get paid one day little by little. A goal I might achieve for in 2016. Bless you my friend online-J PAULSON 10-29-2015

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  4. Well I am glad to read that you found what you really want to do because you do it well…and it is inspiring for me. Great read, great photos. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting, it is an honor to be connected. ~Heather

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  5. Hey,
    I had a blog back in 2013 and was following you… I’m delighted to have found you again and I am very impressed with how far you’ve come. Sincere congrats to you. Your work has become even more beautiful over the years.
    MissB x

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  6. Mick/ John if you remember I asked if I could use your photo “abandoned room with suitcase ” to go with a poem I have written ? Well it is due up tomorrow , I have linked back to you you and your blog . I do hope you will like it …. it is just a little story . Thank you for your permission. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Jacob, very honoured. With anyone that follows I always hop on over to take a peek at their blog and yours will be no exception. Might just take a few hours to get to it mind, but I will pop on over. Happy and fulfilling blowing Jacob, MM

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  7. Hi John so you are a Cork man my Dad was a Dubliner my Mum from Oxford their union caused some constanation, she a Church of England rich girl he a penniless Irish Catholic! In the late 19 20’s early 1930’s.
    Anyway they worked and had a large family me the last.
    Good for you see a new road and taking it, as you say rather the road less traveled with all the treasures you can encounter than to plod on on the safe option ever wondering .. what if.
    Be well and be happy. 🙂

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    1. Still a blow in really – my mother is English and my Dad Scottish and have been in Ireland for 16 years now and married to a Cork lass. Thank you for the encouragement and the follow, wishing you well, MM 🍀

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  8. John, it’s so nice to meet you on here – I am glad you stopped by my blog, many thanks! You have so may nice passions, cooking, travel and writing. I am glad you gave up the older career to seek what you are gifted at, IT Shows! ~Jackie

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      1. You so amaze me, I had no internet for awhile, but hope to afford to keep this newer one. Trying to find a job with a BA degree is not easy in IL. Your photo’s always inspire me and reading all of the nice comments. / Jackie

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      2. Jackie, best wishes on the job front. In changing career tack completely I have found numerous barriers to push me back. Just not content to plod the same path – I hope I succeed but it isn’t easy……..we’ll get there and glad I can provide some inspiration for you….John / MM 🍀

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      3. Thanks John, I needed to hear this today. I wish something would be in my path to take me on something more intellectual. Cutting hair is physically, emotionally, spiritually etc draining. 😦

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  9. Hi, John/MM! I’ve been meaning for some time to stop by with my thanks for your follow and for me to view your wonderful photos firsthand. Should have followed you a long time ago – my bad. But I’m here now 🙂

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  10. Beautiful shots John. Lots of hard work on getting your new venture up and running. Now, for some really stunning scenery, get yourself and your camera up to North Antrim’s outstanding coastline! You might have done that already, but that place loves the lens!

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  11. you are officially my hero for daring to change your path in life
    most people are walking dead, too afraid to even think of that possibility

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    1. Well am a lot happier and yet to really eat into my redundancy stash and most importantly happy out. Just about to launch a partnership and loving work. Perhaps I had been walking dead for too long and some life-events shook me up to see the truth of it all.

      I will provide further announcements here on my blog. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      John

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  12. Lovely insight to Cork, it’s were most of my family are. You are bringing back fond memories as been 11 years since I’ve been back. I hope to get back next year to see the lads and see more of the sights.

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  13. Hey MM, I know these are kind of like chain letters and I normally don’t participate but received 2 nominates last week and decided to participate this time. In my acknowledgement / nomination section, I nominated your awesome blog for the One Lovely Blog Award due to all of the amazing photos you’ve posted. Take a look when you get a moment and thanks for all your great work! http://quickmeups.com/2014/07/15/lovely-inspiring-blog-awards

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