Blue poppies and a handkerchief tree

Last weekend hubby, myself and the hound dog spent a lovely Saturday afternoon at Rowallane, a National Trust garden located a few miles just outside of Belfast. To be honest, we have often overlooked this place in the past, opting instead to go to better known National Trust estates such as Castleward and Mount Stewart.  However, in…

Sailboats and shimmering seas

Resolved not to do any work on the May Day Bank Holiday (including housework!), I took myself off to Carrickfergus, a large town on the north shore of Belfast Lough, famous for its Norman castle and part of the Causeway Coastal Route. Two hours were well spent enjoying the  views,  listening to the sailboats jostling in the breeze and…

Four seasons in one day

Yesterday our unpredictable weather gave us four seasons in one day - light rain, sunshine, a cold wind, heavier rain, some heat and then a good blattering of hailstones.  Every glance towards the sky brought a different view - an ever changing formation of clouds, darkness followed by light, the landscape bathed in sunshine to be swallowed…