June 2012

Blue and grey have been pretty much the colours of the week. One minute the sky was blue then very quickly it turned a deep grey, the heavens open and it poured!!

It’s not just been the ‘bright blue before the storm’ colour of blue either, we have had the dark navy blue of an angry thundery sky too.

It’s no secret how much I love a bright blue sky and sunshine but I also love a thunderstorm! There’s something quite exciting about an electrical storm but when it’s over I like the bright blue sky to come back again. It’s the rain that begins in the morning and stays all day I don’t like.

I think my crochet flowers this week have been influenced by the skies as they all have been blue and grey, the blue being of the thundery kind!

Well here we are at the beginning of another weekend and almost at the end of another month!! Where does it all go to???
It’s been lovely to have you visit this week, have a wonderful blue sky weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

The little box pictured above arrived in the post today. I have been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival since finding out that I was lucky enough to be one of the winners in the lovely Emma’s of Silverpebble giveaway!!

Just look at the beautiful necklace that I was so lucky to win. Isn’t it stunning!! I do feel so fortunate to own one of Emma’s amazing creations.

As I’m sure many of you already know I do love my greens and blues and this necklace looks like it was just made for me!
Please do go and have a look at Emma’s wonderful shop to see for yourselves the beautiful jewellery she makes.

And here is the lovely lady herself!! She was featured in July’s Country Living Magazine, you can see in the background the beautiful beach hut that is Emma’s studio, set in her fantastic garden.

Thank you so much Emma for the gorgeous necklace, I really love it!!!

I also received more bloggy kindness this week when my lovely friend Mia awarded me the Sunshine Blog Award!! Now if there is something needed around here it’s sunshine!!
There are a couple of rules with this award. Firstly there are a number of questions to be answered, however I answered a similar set of questions a few months ago with another award, so if you really want to know my answers (they’re not that exciting!) you can find them at the bottom of this post. Secondly I have to pass it on to 10 deserving bloggers now this is where I usually fail as I can’t pick just 10. In fact Mia did a really good job of picking a lot of my favourite blogs and her blog is one of my favs too. So I’m going to opt out of this and award it to everyone on my blogroll!
Thank you so much Mia for being so kind and for the award.

Enjoy the rest of your week folks and thanks as always for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday afternoon we paid a visit to the world famous Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working whiskey distillery in Ireland.

And what was our reason for visiting this facinating destination?

Well this time it wasn’t to do the tour and whiskey tasting (I have to say though, Bushmills are extremely generous with their free samples;))

No this time we were there for ‘Bushmills Live’, a music festival celebrating local music.

So not only was there homegrown whiskey but homegrown talent too!

Of course if we’re talking homegrown talent, that means General Fiasco were most definitely there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some more local talent that some of you who are into your popular music might recognise ~ Snow Patrol! I have to say they were amazing!!! Thanks go to my OH for the band photos, my little camera couldn’t cope with smoke machines and strange lighting.

Can I just say that I’m not sponsored by Bushmills Distillery or the Northern Ireland Tourist Board just proud of our local talent and industrial history!

It really was a lovely evening out and although overcast it did stay dry which is more than I can say for today! It looks like late autumn outside. I heard on the radio today that we are to get the equivalent of 2 months rain in the next 3 weeks!! I do hope they’ve got that one wrong!

Wishing you all a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year the Summer Solstice falls today on the 20th June and as you can see by our sky we have indeed got a summers day!

It actually seems no time at all since I was on here talking about the shortest day, now where did that half year go to??

I think today needs to be enjoyed because the weather forecast tells us that tomorrow and the next few days are going to be anything but summery.

Two things that none of us have control over ~ time and the weather!

I’m trying not to focus on what the Summer Solstice actually means, the fact that it’s now midsummer and from today onwards the days are getting shorter. That does make me slightly sad.

I am going to focus on the beautiful day and the fact that my garden is a very happy place in the sunshine!

Summer returned, or should that be arrived, today and a welcome visitor it was too!
So good to see some blue skies and sunshine although I have to admit it wasn’t really hot but I’m not complaining as I am more than grateful for a dry day!

I wasn’t the only one happy, the little bees were happy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

They just love this buddleia, the bush just buzzes.

They weren’t the only bees in the buddleia, there was another little Bea there too!!

Meet Beatrice Bunny, known to her friends as Bea.

Bea like the bees is a very busy little girl and at the end of a busy day she likes nothing better than some hot buttered toast spread with honey!!

She wears a bee in her ear and …………

……has bees on her bee-striped cardigan and bees on her skirt!

So all in all a bee loving girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets hope this new week ahead has lots more summer sunshine for us all!

Happy new week. ๐Ÿ™‚

We really do need reminding that it’s summertime, don’t we!

After what was a reasonably good start to the week here, it has taken a turn for the worst.

At this time of year I really look forward to spending time in my garden and enjoying it.

It really is a case of ducking the showers and getting out there when I can, if I’m lucky, sometimes the showers last all day.

Lots of lovely stuff is happening out there too, when we do get a little dry spell I’m out there with my camera.

You just have to grab the moments when you can!

Wouldn’t it all look so much better in the sunshine though!

Even though I detest the rain there is something quite pretty about raindrops on leaves, don’t you think ~ but just once in a while.

As I can’t always get out to ‘play’ with my flowers, I’ve had to resort to staying in and making some!

At least it stayed dry long enough for me to pick some spinach for the pasta at teatime!

With the help (or hindrance??) of Jessie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

As I type this I can see a bit of blue sky, better late than never I suppose! So I think I’ll make the most of it and take a walk in the park, it could raining again tomorrow!!!
Hopefully not though!

This little girl was crocheted while I was on holiday and I have just put the finishing touches to her. As she was ‘Made in France’ I have named her Franรงoise. She is pictured here among rather wet lavender in my front garden and not, sadly, in a lavender field in Provence!!

Being a little French girl she just loves the scent of lavender and the sound of crickets.

She proudly wears a ribbon in her ear which is the colours of the French flag and she is dressed in red, white and blue.

Franรงoise and I both hope this non-stop rain will go away and we would like to wish you all a lovely weekend with lots of sunshine!
Come on summer where are you??

This evening the Olympic Flame reached Belfast on it’s tour around the UK.

The crowds turned out to welcome it! ๐Ÿ™‚

There was a huge cheer as the caldron was lit! (Sorry about the photo quality, everyone one wanted a pic)

And if all that wasn’t enough, we had General Fiasco (only the best band in the country) entertaining the crowd!!

Proud Mum?? Always! ๐Ÿ™‚

Congratulations Ma’am on your Diamond Jubilee!

Wishing you all a wonderful Jubilee weekend!!! ๐Ÿ™‚