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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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As promised in my last post I’m here to share some photos of my wonderful French holiday, be warned though there are quite a few, you maybe need to fetch yourself a cup of tea!! Apologies too, to those of you who follow me on Instagram, as you may have seen some of these before!

So let’s start off with the beautiful Antibes marina!

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I think this is my favourite of all my holiday photos, I love the evening sunshine through the poppies. It was taken on the Place de Gaulle, Antibes.

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No trip to the south of France would be complete without a visit to Cannes especially when the film festival is on! I actually managed to put my foot on the bottom of the red carpet as I passed by, nice to be able to say I was on the red carpet at Cannes, even though it was with Crocs on and not Jimmy Choo’s!! 😉

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The Place de Massena, Nice, busy with pedestrians, cyclists and where you have to watch out for trams!!

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Early evening sunshine over the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, a view I could never tire of!!!

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Grasse, the home of the perfume industry, pretty provencal flower gardens and where there is a constant scent of perfume in the air!

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Juan les Pins is a very busy place on a Sunday afternoon and it’s not the smell of perfume here but the strong scent of sun tan lotion!!

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This is the breathtaking coastal walk at Cap D’ail, full of stunning views…..

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…..amazing houses

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…..beautiful beaches

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….. and pretty flora

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…..and where we walked

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…..and walked

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…..until we reached here, the border between France and Monaco!

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We walked around another corner to arrive at Monaco’s Heliport…..

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…..where the rich and famous were arriving by helicopter from Nice airport, most likely for the Grand Prix!

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The walk back again in the late afternoon sunshine was pretty amazing too!

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It was market day when we visited the pretty little village of Biot!

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This pretty little walled hilltop village is St Paul de Vence, one of my favourite places on the Côte d’Azur.

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It’s quaint narrow streets are full of pretty little shops and art galleries.

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And with this view from St Paul de Vence towards the Mediterranean Sea I’ll bring my wonderful holiday on the Côte d’Azur to a close!

If you managed to get this far with me well done, there were a lot of photos!!

It’s not the end of them either (sorry), during June my bunnies are going to be south of France inspired, so there will be a few more images along the way.

Although my June Girls won’t necessarily look French they will have been inspired by the sights, scents and tastes of the Riviera.

And speaking of June, have a lovely one, with fingers crossed for a lot more sunshine and heat!! 🙂