High Days & Holidays


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The European Heritage Open Days were held here this weekend, it’s a time when all over Europe historical and famous buildings throw their doors open to the public.

We always like to pick somewhere we haven’t been before and this year we chose to visit the beautiful Florence Court, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Florence Court was the 18th century home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

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We started off our visit with a picnic in the grounds in the brilliant sunshine, the weather was very kind to us, big cheer for Indian Summers.

We then took a tour of the house.

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Now as is almost always the case with all these magnificent buildings there was no photography allowed inside the house except in the room that the tour started in.

So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was indeed magnificent.

There were many treasures from a trunk that belonged to William III to a chair that the Earl sat on in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II. So many interesting artifacts and beautiful furniture.

I really loved the ‘downstairs’ it was so very Downton Abbey, the kitchen where the food was prepared, the rooms where the servants ate and where they filled hot water jars and oil lamps for ‘upstairs’, all fascinating.

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After the tour of the house we went back out into the sunshine to enjoy the grounds and gardens.

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Now at first sight this tree doesn’t look very significant. It’s an Irish yew tree which is a different species to the English Yew, this particular yew is the mother plant of every other Irish yew tree in existence throughout the world today. It dates back to between 1740 and 1760.

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I’m not sure how much of this plaque you can read but it explains the history of the tree.

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I was so jealous of their pumpkins, considering the fact that mine never got beyond the flower stage!!

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It was a lovely day out, Florence Court is definitely worth a visit.

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We’ve had some lovely days out during my Hb’s time off work!

There have been visits to parks, woods, the seaside, gardens, mountains and canal tow paths.

We’ve played in mazes and with sun dials (I liked the human one best), we’ve looked down on the city from on high and over the sea towards Scotland, we’ve walked through trees, up mountains, beside rivers and canals and the sea. We’ve had lovely meals out, picnics and ice creams, there has been sunshine and showers but most of all we’ve taken time to smell the roses (and other flowers too)!

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sun dial Collage

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black mountain flora Collage

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bangor castle Collage

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bangor castle 2 Collage

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I wish it could be summer all the time!!! :)

Photos taken at ~ Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne, Co Antrim : Black Mountain, Belfast, Co Antrim : Newry Canal Tow Path, Co Armagh : Groomsport, Co Down : Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Bangor, Co Down : Clare Glen, Tandragee, Co Armagh

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On one of our days out this week we visited Rowallane Garden a Natioanl Trust property in County Down.

I thought you might like to take a stroll with me, bring your umbrella though as unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind!

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Despite the weather we had a lovely walk around the gardens, the walled garden is particularly beautiful!

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We also had the company of this little chap (photo thanks to my Hb with his many lens!!) who seemed very pleased that someone had turned up on a damp day, he was a very good tour guide, he knew all the best perches and places to shelter from the rain!

Thanks again for visiting and for all your comments on my last post.

Have a lovely day (sunshine has been restored here)! :)

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At this time of the year my husband always takes some time off work, it’s a stay at home holiday with lots of days out and about.

On Saturday past we had a lovely picnic in a country lane among honeysuckle and wild roses and then visited the lovely Antrim Castle Gardens, a favourite of ours, which we enjoyed in a mixture of sunshine and showers.

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We have another nine days stretching out in front of us with lots of little outings planned, fingers crossed for lots of sunshine! :)

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Flowers are part of so many of life’s celebrations!

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Today is my daughter and son-in-law’s first wedding anniversary!

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Happy Anniversary L & J !!! xxx

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The beautiful Côte d’Azur, the blue coast, it’s not hard to see how it gets it’s name, is it!

We had a wonderful time and with the exception of one thunderstorm which is only to be expected in the heat we had wall to wall sunshine, I do miss feeling that sun on my skin!

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Cannes 2014 Collage

Beautiful Cannes during the film festival!

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Nice 2014 Collage

Wonderful Nice!

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Too many of these!!!

Antibes 2014 Collage

Antibes.

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Palm Trees Collage

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Boats Collage

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Cherry Collage

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Monaco Collage

Monaco, the day after the Grand Prix!

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So another brilliant holiday in the south of France, all over way too fast, I do so love this part of the world!

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Hello, I’m just popping in to say au revoir before I head off on my hols.

It has taken an absolute age to get this post on as WordPress is being a right pain at the moment. If you have had comments disappear on my previous post they probably ended up in my spam. Getting my photos uploaded was a nightmare but eventually I managed it.

Just a few images from my garden at the moment, there’s lots about to happen out there too, I just wish I could press the pause button until I come back so I don’t miss anything!

The top photo is of one the aquilegias the pesky snails didn’t eat, I do love aquilegias, they’re like little alien flowers.

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This is the geum I bought at the Garden Show, it has settled in nicely in it’s new place.

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So lovely people I shall ‘see’ you all soon, I’m off in search of some sunshine, it has been in short supply here today, that’s for sure!!

Take care! 😎

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