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In my last post I hoped for better weather, well my wish came true, we really couldn’t have had better weather for Easter and with my Hb off for the week we made the most of our days.

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After a lovely lunch out on Easter Sunday we headed to Hillborough Forest park for a walk, where nature was beginning to wake up.

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We took a walk around the historic village of Hillsborough too, this is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

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Divis Mountain, the highest peak in the Belfast Hills was our destination on another day out.

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And as you can see we made to the summit (that makes it sound like Everest!), not too hard really and the thought of the flask of tea and the chocolate Easter egg in my Hb’s backpack to enjoy at the top, spurred us me on!!

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The views of Belfast city from the top of Divis are pretty amazing!

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If you’ve ever flown into Belfast International Airport you will flown round behind this mountain and if you’ve never flown into Belfast International, then why not???? Come and visit us, it’s lovely here and we’re very friendly! :)

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On another daytrip we drove through Carrickfergus on our way to Whitehead, Carrickfergus has a brilliant Norman castle.

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Belfast Lough looked almost Mediterranean on that day!!

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In Whitehead they like to paint their houses pretty colours, some bright and ………………

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……………….some pastel.

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This is Portmore Nature Reserve which is run by the RSPB, it was on the BBC’s Countryfile programme a few weeks back where they featured Irish Hares which are flourishing there. We thought we would pay them a visit in the hope of seeing some. Sadly not, the hares live beyond the lapwings breeding area and no one was getting anywhere near that at this time of year and rightly so, I would have liked to have seen the hares though.

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On the way back from Portmore we drove around the shore of Lough Neagh, the grasses were very pretty in the sunshine.

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The gorgeous weather has meant some garden time too which has been great.

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There have even been opportunities for some stash enhancement over the past week too because you know how it is, I have very little yarn! ;)

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And of course I have made time for some bunny making as well, with a start made on the April Girls.

All in all it has been a lovely Easter with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C on most days, my favourite time of year was certainly everything I hoped it would be.

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My post today is a bit like an episode of Sesame Street, as it’s brought to you by the colour orange.

It’s another dull start to the week so I’ve been seeking out a little cheering colour and there is none more cheerful than the colour orange.

I have mentioned before how much I love orange flowers in the garden and there are still a few out there shining like little jewels. The weather has been so mild with no frost yet at all so the nasturtiums are still blooming their little hearts out and my window boxes are doing well too!

I also have a lovely bunch of peachy orange peruvian lilies on my dining room table, I do love fresh flowers in the house at all times.

The contents of my craft basket have an orangey tint at the moment and my long time work-in-progress autumn blanket also has its hint of orange (really must finish it)!

Even part of my lunch is orange today, I didn’t need the spoon to eat the orange, it’s part of a set that I brought back from France and I just thought it looked good, artistic license!!! ;)

I’m actually wearing an orange scarf today as well but sorry no selfies!

It’s only 34 days until the shortest day and 45 days until pre-spring, the brighter days are coming and I’m just doing what I can to get myself there!

Have a great week! :)

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I have over the past week or so received some lovely happy mail which I thought I would share with you.

These beautiful vintage French seed labels came from Simply French Vintage.

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Aren’t they wonderful, I just love these images!

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Having read about this book on a few blogs I decided I would like to read the book itself.

Four Hedges for those of you who haven’t read it is about Clare Leighton who was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century and about her passion for her garden.

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Claire’s illustrations throughout the book are amazing.

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A lovely little parcel of fabric dropped onto the mat this week from Celtic Fusions Fabrics, definitely bunny skirt material!!!

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This also arrived in the post this week, all the way from Australia from the lovely Elizabeth who last year became the owner of Pixie. She sent me a photo of Pixie with a little koala who has now come to live with me in my craft room. Thank you Elizabeth it was lovely to see Pixie again.

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I was very lucky this week to win this beautiful artwork in a giveaway. I had just found My Painted Bear on Facebook and fell in love with Naomi’s art, I then noticed that she was having a giveaway, entered and luckily won. When I emailed Naomi I then found out that she too was from N. Ireland and had actually exhibited work in a gallery in my home town. Naomi’s work is beautiful, you can find her Etsy shop here and her blog here. Thank you Naomi.

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Now this pretty little bunny just arrived yesterday, isn’t she gorgeous? She is made by the very talented and clever Farrell & Holmes, I defy you not be tempted when you take a look at their website. The bunny is stuffed with lavender and I could smell it as the postman handed the package over to me. You can also find details of their work on their Facebook page.

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Now if you would like to receive some happy mail too I have just the thing for you.

The lovely people from Country Living Magazine have offered me a pair of tickets for one of my readers for their Spring Fair which takes place from 19-23 March in the Business Design Centre, London. There will be lots of ideas for your home and garden with an array of carefully selected exhibitors, from small producers to craftspeople from across the British Isles. There will be crafting workshops, garden features and a lifestyle theatre. For more information about the Fair and all it’s features, you can visit the website: http://www.countrylivingfair.com/spring

Now if you would like to win the pair of tickets all you have to do is mention it in a comment below. I’ll draw the name of the winner next Tuesday, 4th March.

You can also book tickets at a special discount using the code Blog12. Tickets are available by calling 0844 848 0150 or online at http://www.countrylivingfair.com/Spring/book

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Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post, all of the February Girls are heading off to their new homes. My next lot of bunnies are going to have a Spring/Easter theme which I’m really looking forward to.

I’ll leave you with these little tete-a-tete daffodils from my garden, according to the Green Rabbit Calendar tomorrow is the beginning of ‘real’ spring……happy, happy days!

Have a great weekend! :)

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I’m in search of colour today!! Why, you ask………

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because this is what the weather is like here today!!!!

So I took my camera for a walk around the house and into the garden and greenhouse to find some colour to share with you!

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Even my new Valentine girl is a colourful one, normally I personally prefer the earthy coloured bunnies but that bright pop of yellow is just the ticket for this dull and grey day! Her name is Carys by the way, from the Welsh for love.

Just before I go I would like to thank the lovely Susana from the blog La Ventura Azul for awarding me the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, thanks Susana, you’re very kind!

So it’s a bit of a dismal day here I’m afraid, I hope it’s brighter where you are, thanks for visiting!

Happy Tuesday! :)

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Well it’s lovely to be able to post again, I’m afraid WordPress is being a right pain at the moment! Having checked the forums it’s obviously not just me, lots of folk are having problems. I know that comments from some of my previous posts have disappeared and I haven’t been able to publish my posts or upload photos. To get this far I’ve had to download a new browser on my iPad and email myself my photos which are on my lap top. Getting onto my blog from the laptop is impossible via Safari, Internet Explorer, Crome or Firefox. These are problems though that lots of WordPress users are having.

Anyhow I’m quite sure you’re not here to listen to all this, I just hope you are here and that if you want to, you can comment!

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You may recognise the scarf/shawl in my photos, you have seen it before, I started it quite a while back. It’s called the Lacy Baktus and over the past week I have pulled it from my WIP’s and started to knit it again, this time I’m determined to finish it.

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It is knitted in the beautiful Quince & Co Sparrow yarn which is much too nice to be waiting in a WIP queue!!

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I’ve not given up on the bunny making though, I will be making the skirts for my next set of girls from these fabrics, they’re going to have a sewing theme.

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Well it has been quite a damp, dismal week here but as usual I’ve been out in the garden searching out a bit of colour for you!

Thanks for dropping in, well at least I hope you’ve been able to drop in!

To all my lovely friends in the US, Happy Thanksgiving and to everyone, happy weekend! :)

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I love it when autumn behaves itself, our weather was very good over the weekend, we were very lucky to escape the storm that hit southern and eastern parts of the UK. So far this week it has remained lovely, I actually managed a bit of gardening today planting a few bulbs for spring and transplanting some plants that I grew from seed for next summer. I love being outside and the sun shining on me while I work is wonderful.

The garden is in that in-between stage, the sunflowers are finished but the cosmos is still blooming, little chrysanthemums are unfurling while the only bit left of my black-eyed susan are the black eyes. However the good weather makes keeping on top of the garden easy, as well as soothing my soul!!

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Strangely, even though I’m enjoying the autumn (while it behaves), I am preparing for the next season around the corner, which is completely out of character for me as I’m usually a bit bah-humbug!!! (I do hope you haven’t fainted Jane)

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Maybe its due to the number of folk wanting a Festive Bunny!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks for dropping by! :)

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I’ve finally come to accept autumn and have at last let summer go, I think the week away in France was just what I needed, it was an extra week of summer that I was very lucky to get and now I feel more settled.

This week I have been sorting out my garden and have bought myself some cyclamens to replace the fading summer bedding.

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When we came back this is what the top of our garden looked like, it seemed like our sycamore tree decided to do its leave shedding all in one go!!

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There are a few summer blooms hanging on, I found this little zinnia when we returned and the sunflowers, even when on their way out, still look good.

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I have been decorating my craft room with some autumn decorations, some of which I brought back from France.

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The little bunch of acorns were picked up on a walk in France, the chestnuts however are good old Northern Irish ones.

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The little hedgehog was knit from Julie’s pattern.

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When I was away I bought some lovely new bunny skirt fabric too and these pretty little jars for storing buttons and beads were only one euro each!

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While shopping for my autumn decorations I thought I would bring a couple of extra ones for a little giveaway for my bloggy friends. I have been extremely lucky in giveaways myself recently (more about that in another post) so I thought it was time to have one myself. How do you enter the giveaway?? Well if you left a comment on my previous post you already have as its one of my secret giveaways. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and warm welcome back. I used the random number generator and the number it picked was……………………….

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Comment number four, who was Jill.
The little hanging leaf and owl tealight holder will be on their way to you soon Jill.

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I’ve been bunny making this week as well and I hope to have a few autumn inspired bunnies ready very soon!

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I rescued this bunch of cosmos from the garden this afternoon as the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t too wonderful!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, fingers crossed for a dry one and thanks as always for dropping by! :)

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