April 2012

Goodness I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last posted, where did that week go to!!!!!

I want you to meet a new little bunny friend, her name is Jubilee Jenni and no prizes for guessing what she is looking forward to!

Jenni is so excited about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June and she dreams of standing in the Mall waving her little Union Jack as the Queen goes by!

Dressed in red, white and blue Jenni has Union Jack buttons on her cardigan, a Union Jack button in her ear and Union Jacks all over her skirt! So she is dressed for the occasion and is counting down the days. 🙂

To catch up with other news, at the weekend I attended a knitting workshop with Arne & Carlos of “55 Christmas Balls To Knit” fame. I forgot to take my camera with me (sorry Mia) so I have no photos of the day but it was fun. They are highly entertaining, funny, well travelled people and it was very interesting finding out how they went from designing two fashion collections a year to knitting Christmas baubles and also learning all about their home in Norway!! We then made a bauble of our own, yes I know many of you will find this funny (I know you’re laughing Jane) as I bearly do Christmas in December let alone April but I had to enter into the spirit of the occasion!!

I want to thank the lovely Maggie from Magpie and Button blog for the pretty crocheted brooch I won in her blog giveaway!! Thank you Maggie!

I also want to thank the very kind Lily of Making It Vintage blog for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. Now I have to answer a few questions so here we go;

What is your favourite colour? Green
What is your favourite animal? Rabbit (hence my blog name!)
Favourite number? 3 (absolutely no idea why!)
Favourite non-alcholic drink? Tea
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, I don’t have Twitter not that I know what I’m doing on Facebook either!!
What is your passion? Animals! I love all animals! I abhor cruelty to animals, I’m a vegetarian and I am totally against animal testing.
Do you prefer giving or receiving presents I love both!

Thank you so much Lily but please forgive me for not passing it on as I just couldn’t narrow it down to five recipients, I’m awarding it to all you bloggers out there! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week! We go on our holidays to France next week and I have a greenhouse full of seedlings that need planting out and more seeds that need putting in so I think I’ll be spending quite a bit of my time out there this week!

Happy new week! 🙂

Hello everyone, just dropping in to bring you some moments from my day.

It is still slightly chilly around these parts but due to the recent April showers the garden and trees are greening up nicely as you can see by my sycamore tree.

Ok, here goes, my Monday moments…………..


The Forget-Me-Nots are in full bloom.
It’s onwards and upwards for the tomato seeds!
Some little plants awaiting warmer days before being planted out!


Charlie, what a handsome lad he is and his good looks are matched by his beautiful nature and temperament, I adore this little cat.
The not often photographed Lily, Lily has always been quite withdrawn and shy and not keen on too much fuss but lately she has wanted to be my friend which is of course lovely.
And then there’s Jessie, well what a madam she is, ‘imp’ would be a good way to describe her!


A pile of circles which will be become squares, which will then become a blanket ~ eventually!
Lots of bunny bits and pieces which will of course become bunnies.
These Cath Kidston colour inspired granny squares are not mine, they belong to my daughter who has taken up crochet and is making a blanket. She says she has found her yoga, I love to watch her do it, that’s my girl. 🙂


Well I think these three photos sum up today perfectly. Sometimes blue skies, sometimes grey. Sunshine and showers, just as April should be I suppose, a little bit of heat wouldn’t go amiss though!

Happy new week, hopes it’s more sunshine than showers! 🙂

Hi everyone, just popping in to introduce you to Daisy Daydream who spends her days dreaming of daisies!

Daisy Daydream has a daisy in her ear, daisy buttons on her cardigan, a daisy in her hand and lots of daisies on her skirt! In fact she insisted on a long skirt because the longer the skirt the more daisies you get!

She’s off to plant some more daisies, as there is no point in just dreaming about them!

Actually, there are quite a lot of daisies about these parts today and hopefully they’ll all find their way into my shop soon.

Hope you’re all having a good week with not too many April showers! 🙂

It has been a lovely sunny Sunday and despite being a little chilly I thought it was time to take a walk in the park again especially as it’s bluebell time.

It’s not just bluebells though, the park is full of all sorts of wildflowers.

Of course at this time of year, the jewels in the park’s crown are the bluebells, it never ceases to amaze me how such a small flower can produce such a beautiful sea of blue!

So I hope you enjoyed you little walk with me around the park, taking in the wildflowers and fresh air.

Happy new week and thanks for visiting! 🙂

My husband and I took a trip out yesterday, the weather was typically April, sunshine one minute, showery the next but this was something I had wanted to do for a while now, visit the birthplace of the Titanic.

You may wonder why, as I have lived here in Northern Ireland my entire life, I’ve never done this before. Well the truth is that it is only in recent times that there has been somewhere to visit. For years the building of the Titanic was never celebrated probably due to it’s untimely demise and the tragic loss of life. However the wonderful shipbuilding industry we had here was something to be proud of and thousands of magnificient vessels where built here offering employment to thousands of people. As it is the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic a big effort has been made with everyone now being able to visit and experience the history.

Titanic was built in the Harland & Wolff shipyard, the home nowadays to the two giant yellow cranes Samson & Goliath. Anyone arriving in Belfast will be greeted by these two landmarks which now have a historical preservation order. However these two giants weren’t around in the days of Titanic and Olympic, it’s sister ship. Shipbuilding in those days was an altogether different and harder task.

This is the drawing office which is in need of a lot of work but this is where the plans for the Titanic would have been drawn. There are plans, thankfully, to restore this lovely building.

This photo is of Thomas Andrews who was the principle architect on the Titanic and who sadly went down with the ship.

This is the famous Thompson dry dock which in it’s time was the largest of it’s kind in the world and where the Titanic was fitted out. It is 44 feet deep.

The Titanic would have been brought in here and when her keel had rested on the keel blocks the water would have been pumped out so that work could begin on her.

This is a photo of Titanic in dry dock, she was simply known as hull 401!

This is an original capstan at the head of the dry dock which turned under steam power and would have pulled Titanic up the dock and into place.

And these keel blocks are the very ones that Titanic would have rested on in the bottom of the dry dock.

Still as it was in Titanic’s day is the pump house which was responsible for pumping the water out of the dry dock. 21 million gallons of water were pumped out in 100 minutes, which 100 years ago was quite a feat.

A lot of time and effort has been put into restoring the Nomadic which is the only ship of the White Star Line still in existence, it was used to ferry passengers from Cherbourg out to the Titanic on her first and final journey.

This is a new statue which has been erected to honour the many shipyard workers who worked at Harland & Wolff, it is in East Belfast where the majority of shipyard workers lived. It was hard work and many lost their lives doing their jobs.

The future of the Titanic Quarter is this new building, four-sided with each side the size of the bow of the Titanic.

The Titanic story is told in full inside here and there is even a replica of the Titanic’s famous grand staircase. I haven’t visited here yet as it is booked up well in advance but when things calm down a bit, I’ll be there.

On Saturday Belfast along with many other places will be remembering the 1512 lives lost one hundred years ago in the Titanic disaster.

Thank you for indulging me this long post about something that has always facinated me. I really enjoyed my day at the docks and I’m so glad that Belfast has been able to move on and not only remember those lost but to also celebrate it’s engineering and shipbuilding history. As a lady said on the radio today, “what happened to the Titanic was a disaster not the Titanic herself”!

                                                          HAPPY EASTER !!! 🙂

Well here she is as promised, Easter Bonnet Bonnie!

Of course a bonnet’s not just for Easter and Bonnie will look good all year round in her little white hat with it’s yellow rose.

Bonnie is a spring girl at heart and loves all things from this season including chocolate eggs and daffodils.

She’s also a big Beatrix Potter fan and just loves her Peter Rabbit dress!

Both Bonnie and Candy will be available in my shop.

Thanks as always for dropping in here this week and for all your lovely comments.

I hope you all have the most wonderful Easter weekend, filled with sunshine, bunnies and lots and lots of chocolate! 🙂

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