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Busy bees are quite difficult to photograph, they aren’t very good at staying still and posing, I have only managed to get a few photos on our travels during the month and in my own garden.

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This little bee however was much easier to photograph, this is Melissa, her name comes from the Greek and means ‘bee’.

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Since I started making my bunnies I’ve realised that over the past four years, I’ve made a ‘bee girl’ each year!

โ€œIf the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.โ€ Albert Einstein

Whether Mr Einstein was right or wrong and I must agree it does all sound very logical to me, we have to look after our bees!

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

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As mentioned in my last post during July my Hb and I have had some lovely days out visiting gardens, parks, castles and the seaside.

The weather didn’t always behave itself but in this country if you waited for the sun to always shine, well quite frankly you wouldn’t get very far.

So these are just a few photos of some of our days out.

The above photo is the lovely lavender lined paths in the gardens at Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Antrim Castle gardens are always well worth a visit.

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Another place well worth the visit is the walled garden at Bangor Castle, it is particularly well cared for with many flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs.

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These amazing sunflowers (my favourite flowers) were at the entrance to Ward Park, Banger, Co Down, for a moment I actually could have believed I was back in France, the sun was even shining that day!!

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Somewhere else we always love to visit at this time of year is Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for ‘Rose Week’.

The roses are stunning!!

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Just a shame I can’t share the scent.

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Of course no summer would be complete without a visit to the seaside (cue the not-so-sunny skies again).

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The seaside photos were all taken at Groomsport, Co Down.

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It wasn’t a day for playing in the sand and making sand castles but we did enjoy a lovely walk!

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Speaking of sand, I’d like you to meet my new little bunny….her name is Sandy and she’s a beachy kind of girl!

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Thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.

Just as I was about to publish it I realised it was my 500th post, so I had a little secret giveaway of all you lovelies who left a comment on that post and the number chosen was 13, who was Helen, so a little pack of goodies are on their way to you Helen.

Again thank you to all of you who so faithfully visit and leave me a comment, I really do appreciate them all.

Wishing you all a happy new week! :)

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This past week and a half we have had a few trips out and about as my HB has been on holidays from work.

We usually have our little holiday at home at this time of year and usually the weather behaves itself unfortunately this time it was a mixed bag of sunshine and showers but we were determined to still get out and about.

On one of the more showery days we headed to the National Trust property of Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Castle Ward has been the home of the Ward family since around 1570 and the most interesting thing about the building is its dual architecture, reflecting the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh.

The entrance side of the building is built in a classical Palladian style favoured by the Lord (above photo) and the opposite side of the building is Georgian Gothic which was the preference of the Lady of House (photo below). These differences weren’t just confined to the outside of the building either as they continued throughout the interior with the house being effectively divided down the centre with two very different styles.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, Castle Ward is used in the filming of the series, more information about the property can be found here and here.

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The view from the house overlooking Strangford Lough, in the rain, I might add!!!

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Castle Ward has beautiful grounds and gardens too.

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One of the things I really enjoyed in the grounds was the beautiful wild flower meadow!

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With so many buttercups!!

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I suppose this is as good a time as any to introduce you to…………..

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Buttercup!!

I actually had a real little bunny called Buttercup, she was a tiny little black Netherland Dwarf with a huge personally, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make a Green Rabbit Buttercup!

Thank you so much for visiting and thanks also for your comments on my last post, so glad you liked Oceana!

Enjoy the rest of the week! :)

P.S. I’ve just realised this is my 500th post!!!

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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

from Sea Fever by John Masefield

Belfast had a visit from the magnificent Tall Ships this past weekend!

These wonderful vessels were enjoyed by thousands of visitors under both cloudy and blue skies.

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It really was brilliant having them visit.

So, inspired by these fantastic ships I’ve made a little nautical girl……

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I’d like you all to meet Oceana, who is my 200th bunny!

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She even has a little “star to steer her by” in her ear! :)

Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks as always for dropping by!

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Just dropping by to wish you all a peachy weekend……..this is Peaches by the way.

The weather this past week has been a lovely for the garden, I have enjoyed being out there most of the time.

The peaches by the way are bought, I don’t grow them in my garden…I wish, we’re getting through quite a few of these delicious little doughnut peaches at the moment.

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Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments on my garden in my last post.

Happy weekend everyone and to my lovely friends in the U.S., have a great Independence Day, enjoy your holiday! :)

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We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.

We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faced leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

by Beatrix Potter

I’m not sure about the last two lines but I do try my best!!!

One thing is for sure I do love my garden and especially at this time of year when there is something new to be found every day.

So today I’m sharing my June garden….June loves the garden and the garden loves June!!!

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Thank you so much for visiting today, wishing you all a wonderful July! :)

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Just popping by with a final round up of the June Girls who have all been inspired by my French holiday!

As I explained all about the first six of them in my last two posts (here and here) I’ll not go into any details about them today.

So first up is Sherbet!

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Azur Collage

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Jasmine Collage

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Rosemary Collage

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Lavande Collage

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And finally this is Jaune, who you haven’t met before!

Cycling is very popular in France and in a couple of weeks the most famous cycle race of all, Le Tour de France will begin. On holiday there were many cyclists training along the shores of the Mediteranean perhaps getting ready for ‘Le Tour’.

The cyclists will all want to be in the ‘maillot jaune’, the yellow jersey which is worn by leader of the race. Well this little bunny is already in her ‘maillot jaune’ although I’m not sure she would win any races on the bike pictured on her dress!!

I’ve given her the name Jaune which means yellow.

All seven June Girls will be listed in my Etsy shop this evening, Wed 24th June at 10pm (BST).

More details about them can be found here, please remember they are collectible items only and not suitable for children under 14 years.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your week! :)

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