High Days & Holidays


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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!

Buns  Collage

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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This is Slieve Croob, the highest peak of the Dromara Hills in County Down and the source of the River Lagan which starts there as a little spring and then makes it’s 40 mile journey mostly along the border of County Down and County Antrim to Belfast where it flows into the sea at Belfast Lough.

On one of our days out this week my Hb and I decided to take a walk up Slieve Croob to once again (we’ve been before) find the source of the Lagan and to enjoy the wonderful view from the top.

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This is as far as you get on four wheels from this point onwards it’s on foot.

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Lots of mums and babies on the way up!

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There’s always a little black one, isn’t there! :)

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And here we are at the top!!

Now where does the River Lagan start??

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Is it this little spring?

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Or maybe this one?

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This is a good one, maybe this is it!!

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Truth is I’m not sure which one is the actual start of the river but they all seem to make their way to this channel which is most definitely the beginnings of the River Lagan.

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You can the river channel zig-zag it’s way down the valley on the start of its journey.

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Being up Slieve Croob is not just about finding the start of the river though, the views are stunning! On the day we were up last week it was a bit hazy, so my photos are not as clear as I would have liked them to be. On a really clear day you can see the whole of the County Down coast from Belfast right down to the Mountains of Mourne.

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This view is looking south towards the Mountains of Mourne, the peak on the left is Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest peak, I’ve been up there too and the view from there isn’t at all as good as it is from Slieve Croob.

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This is looking out towards the centre of the province and towards Lough Neagh, which can’t really be seen very clearly at all because of the haze. I live over there!!!

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This view is looking out over Belfast, where the river eventually ends up!

We were also up the mountains in the distance in this photo this week too but we were in the cloud for most of the time and the photos weren’t great but we plan to go back there on a lovely sunny clear day in the summer because the view over the city is amazing.

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More woolly friends on the way down again!

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And evidence that they were there, in case we didn’t spot them!!!

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So a lovely day out, good exercise, lungs full of fresh air and wonderful views even though we’re still not quite sure where the River Lagan actually starts! :)

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Out of all the celebrations throughout the year, Eastertime is by far my favourite. If like me you are a bunny lover and a chocolate lover, well it really is the best time of year.

I have my Easter decorations up, my family will all be here for Sunday lunch, including the boy who is home from Berlin, there is lots of chocolate and the sun is shining ……….happy days!!!

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easter dec Collage

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My latest little bunny, arriving just in time for Easter, is called Jade!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Hoppy Easter from the Green Rabbit! :)

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Well as I’m sure as you all know today was St Patrick’s Day and as it’s a bank holiday here in N.I. my hubby had the day off, so we decided to take a little day trip. My daughter was off too so she came with us, unfortunately my poor son-in-law had to work!

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We took a drive to a little place called Whitehead, as you can see they like to paint their homes nice bright colours.

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Whitehead is quite close to a very good fabric shop which is where my daughter and I disappeared to after our picnic lunch, my Hb set off along the coast with his camera while we were away, so it was a win, win situation!!

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The sky was a bit overcast today but the sun did manage to break through from time to time and it was dry and mild.

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At times it was clear enough to see Scotland, if you look along the horizon in the above photo you can just about see it!

So all in all a lovely day out (and yes I did buy more fabric!!).

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I’ll leave you with my new springtime bunny, this is Jemima! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments about Beatrix, my last bunny, you are all so kind!

Wishing you all a fabulous new week! :)

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Today was my daughter’s birthday and I made her a special bunny for the occasion!

Paris is her favourite city, so it was easy to pick the theme.

She was in Paris a couple of weeks ago with her work but she can’t wait to get back there again.

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We have had a wonderful day together, after a beautiful lunch in a lovely restaurant, we went back to her and her hubby’s house for tea and birthday cake (it’s all we could fit in)!!

Happy birthday sweetheart!!! :)

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