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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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As I mentioned in my last post I am in the process of getting my own little craft room and during a lot of sorting out quite a few little bits and pieces have come to light again. Some of them have been around for quite a while. I remember getting some of them from an elderly neighbour of my aunts when I was a young girl. The little doll faces came from this old lady, is it me or do any of you find them slightly creepy?

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This crochet yarn is still in it’s original celophane!

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It’s going to stay in it’s paper too!!!

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A new way to take up your trousers and an implement from the time when people darned their socks! Maybe you still do!

On the subject of vintage treasures it was my Hb’s birthday today, good job he doesn’t read my blog! ;)

We headed to the coast for some lunch on what was a drizzly day.

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It really was quite wet when I took this photo.

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The lighthouse is Donaghadee lighthouse in County Down. The Irish Sea was looking quite grey and moody today.

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This view is across Strangford Lough.

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So there you are, I managed a post without flowers or rabbits!!! ;)
While I’m on the subject, can I just thank you all so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. In hindsight it looks like I was fishing for compliments, that wasn’t the case at all, I just felt that my posts were all becoming a bit samey. I love my quiet simple life it just doesn’t always make for exciting blogposts but you have all been very kind, so thank you!

So tomorrow my boy is home and we will continue the birthday celebrations with a family tea!

Wishing you all a great rest-of-the-week! :)

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These are the Mourne Mountains, the mountain on the right of the photo is Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain.

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This is where “The Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea” (a song written about the area).

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This is the Irish Sea under a greyish sky which wasn’t like this all the time, the clouds let the sunshine in from time to time.

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And this little town is Newcastle, Co Down, which sits at the foot of the Mournes.

All very calm and peaceful you would think!

Well it was until this ………………

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Aeroplanes! And lots of them too. We had come to the seaside to watch the Festival of Flight! I probably have mentioned it here before but I adore all kinds of flying machines, so this was a treat!

I have to say that all the photos of planes were taken by my Hb as my little point and shoot just couldn’t keep up with them and I would rather watch what was going on anyway, I took a few but Hb’s are much better!

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Then my favourites arrived ~ The Red Arrows !!!

The skill of these pilots is absolutely amazing. I love the speed, the noise, the excitement of their display!

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Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

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The show then finished with a display from a Vulcan, which is the last of it’s kind still flying. It looked like a giant moth in the sky, an amazing aircraft!

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It was a brilliant afternoon, exciting displays and it stayed dry despite some very grey clouds at times!

Thanks again Hb for the use of your photos.

Now as we are on a seaside theme, I thought I would share my two recent girls with you.

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This is Marina, who is on her way to live in Spain!

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And this little lady is Shelley, who is going to live in England!

Thanks as always for dropping by!

Have a wonderful week! :)

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I have finally got around to sorting out my photos from last week’s outings. We had lovely weather for my Hb’s time off work and we made the most of it by getting out and about, a lot!!! Be warned this is a very picture-heavy post!

These first lot of photos are from Antrim Castle Gardens, Co Antrim.

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All the following pics were taken at Gosford Forest Park, Co Armagh. Gosford has a huge castle which is now, believe it or not, used as apartments, quite a grand place to live!!

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And finally our day out at the seaside, at Groomsport, Co Down.

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So that was last week, if you are still with me, thank you, I just needed to get it all recorded.

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The weather has been absolutely wonderful, not only last week but this week and by the sound of things next week too! Happy days!!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have yourselves a wonderful weekend! :)

Well here we are in not only a new week but a new month and a new season! As you all know October marks the beginning of autumn in the Green Rabbit calender.

How did I celebrate the new season ~ by going to the seaside!

My husband had the day off work and we headed to the shores of Belfast Lough, had some lunch and a walk on the beach.

It was breezy and cool but not freezing cold and there was the odd fleeting shower but it soon moved on with the breeze.

This beach is a beachcombers dream with so many shells, stones and my favourite, sea glass.

This is my little bag of treasure from today!

Even though walking the beach and picking up shells seems like a summer pursuit, the signs of the new season are all around.

The leaves are changing colour ………….

and there are berries aplenty.

So my new week, new month and new season has got off to a good start!!

Hope yours has too! :)

I love of flowers!

This statement will come as no surprise to those of you who visit here regularly but it’s not just garden flowers, I love wildflowers too!

During the summer I have been photographing wildflowers wherever I found myself ~ country lanes, seaside, park!

Looking back at the photos I do wonder where the summer has gone. Some of these photos I took over 2 months ago and yet it only seems such a short time ago.

Just some of the many flowers I’ve photographed during the summer and lovely to see that it didn’t rain all the time!

I have lots of books on wildflowers too, some of them from my childhood. One of them is the Ladybird Book of British Wildflowers, the one above though isn’t my original one it’s another one I picked up a little while ago in a secondhand book shop.

Why did I want a second one??

Well I wanted it so that I could send it to the very clever Fee to work her magic and make me these beautiful blocks ………………………

Aren’t they brilliant??


I think I’m right in saying that Fee enjoys a commission, her blocks are also available from her shop.

Her work is amazing!!

I don’t suppose there will be many more opportunities for sunny wildflower photos from now on, at least I have my blocks to look at!

The air is definitely a lot cooler but at least the sun shone today, let’s hope it continues to do so over the weekend.

Happy weekend and as always thanks for visiting! :)

Last week, with my husband off work on holidays, we had a week of days out and about. We visited gardens, went to the seaside (twice), a garden centre, for walks, we had picnics and meals out and throughly enjoyed a lovely week with very good weather (only a shower or two).

So this is a post full of photos of our week at home and all the flora and fauna and scenery we encountered along the way!

Well I had to leave my calling card, didn’t I!!! ;)

If you made it to the end, thank you for your perseverance!
Being a blogger makes you look harder ~ don’t you think!!!

Happy new week everyone. :)

Welcome to the ‘Kingdom of Mourne’!
This magnificient area was the setting for the Festival of Flight this past weekend.

The Mourne Mountains are Northern Ireland’s highest mountains with Slieve Donard being the highest peak at 2789 feet. Now I know in the grand scale of things they’re aren’t huge but they certainly are beautiful!

I want to thank you all for the ‘finger crossing’ I asked for last Friday because the weather on Saturday in this little corner of Northern Ireland was lovely. When we left home it was pouring and we gathered together raincoats, umbrellas, and wellies but when we got to Newcastle, Co Down the one thing we needed and didn’t bring were our sunglasses!

We had brought a picnic with us and we settled down on the beach in the sun and waited for the air show to begin.

The air display included the French Patrouille Reva, the Irish Air Corps and a US World War 2 Mustang but there is no doubt the stars of the show were the RAF Red Arrows!!

The display that these pilots put on was amazing!

Something I don’t think I have shared with you before is that I have had a lifelong facination with airplanes, I love them, I could spend all day at an airport watching them take off and land. So an air display is a real treat for me.

I’m pleased to say that one of the Red Arrow pilots is a woman. Perhaps I’ll be a pilot and fly a Red Arrow when I grow up (whenever that might be!). ;)

The photo above was taken by my husband as his camera is much better at fast faraway things than mine and to be honest this was so exciting I wanted to watch it not photograph it!

They finished their absolutley brilliant display with their famous Red Arrow heart with the arrow through the centre! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this. :)

Now the dark clouds gathered over the mountains but then moved on to thankfully rain on someone else. We wandered around the little town which as well as many pretty little gift shops has a yarn shop and a lovely bead shop, then we had our evening meal in a gorgeous Italian restaurant. We then went to the music festival in the evening to watch my son’s band play.

Of course General Fiasco were brilliant! :)

We finished off our day at the seaside with one of these. You just have to, don’t you! ;)

So another lovely summer day out came to an end, don’t you just wish it could be summer all the time!

We’ve had two bank holidays here this week and coupled with the gorgeous weather (up to today that is) it was time to head for the coast which luckily for us is only a 40 minute drive away.

I promise I have not adjusted these photos at all, that really was the colour of the sky and sea! Amazing I know, as we don’t usually get this type of weather.

This little cottage has been in this seaside village for approximately 350 years and has been well perserved and inside, it has lots of little bits of history.

There were plenty of lovely floral displays too.

After a delicious lunch of brie, honey and whiskey tartlets and champ in a local restaurant, we spent the whole afternoon on the beach.

Such a nice way to spend an afternoon, enjoying the sun, the sea air, a spot of beach combing and of course ……..

……..writing your name in the sand!!!

Well as I mentioned earlier unfortunately the good weather is no longer with us. Today has been dull, cold and showery and the forecast for the weekend ahead is to be even worse (sigh). Looks like it’s going to be more of a knitting weekend than a sun worshiping one. Enjoy your weekend whatever you do and whatever the weather. :)

Hello everyone I’m back! I can’t say I’m terribly thrilled about that though as it’s been cold, showery and breezy since my return and as you can see from my opening photo of sun, blue sky and palm trees I had become very used to the complete opposite! Temperatures reached 33 degrees C on some days and as we approached Belfast International Airport on the way back the pilot announced that the temperature was 11 degrees C, you could hear everyone on the plane groan at the same time!
We did have an absolutely wonderful time and enjoyed every second of our trip. I took lots and lots of photos and to be honest I was a bit overwhelmed with them and didn’t know which to use in my blog posts. I didn’t want to repeat myself as we were in the south of France last year on holiday but I decided that it will probably take three posts to cover everything I want to, so I hope you will indulge me and that I won’t bore you all too much.
In this post I want to show you some of the lovely places we visited on the very beautiful Cote d’Azur.

This is Cannes, one of my very favourite places. I think this photo shows both sides of this pretty town, the old town in the distance and the shiny expensive yachts that fill the harbour which are used by the (very) rich and famous!

I think I might buy myself this little one as it’s soooo my colour! ;)

The International Film Festival was on while we were there and here you can see them hoovering the red carpet for all the ‘beautiful’ people who would use it over the period of the festival. What you can’t see is that behind me the press were on their stepladders waiting for the stars. I have to say we didn’t see anyone famous as I haven’t the patience to wait for them. I would much rather see ……….

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and this, which to me is the real Cannes!

This picturesque little place is St Paul de Vence, it is a small walled town built on a hill and is the home to many artists and crafts people.

It has lots of pretty little craft shops and

there is a photograph waiting around every corner.

Next we have Grasse, the perfume capital of the world and as you climb up the steps to the old town you can smell the perfume in the air!

It is the home to a few perfumeries.

There was a rose festival on when we visited and there were stalls with all kinds of products made from roses including rose flavoured macaroons and rose petal jam. The streets were strewn with rose petals, all so pretty.

There were roses everywhere, it was beautiful!

This was my first visit to Grasse and I definitely would go back, I loved it.

Finally this is Villefranche-sur-Mer, a gorgeous little bay between Nice and Monaco, you can just see the train in this photo disappearing into the rock on it’s way to Monaco.

Again this is a place that wherever you turn there is a photo waiting to be taken.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is somewhere where people come to sit, have a drink and watch the world go by, very slowly.
Oh to be back there, would you join me, we could sit under one of those yellow parasols!

Well that’s my first installment of my Riviera holiday, I hope you’ll join me next time for a look around some French markets!

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