Pimms, poppies and a sunbathing pup

I was greeted by a torrential downpour as I left work today and thought to myself - is that the summer over ? We've been blessed with lovely weather for the last week - sunny skies and beautiful sunsets  and to see the rain is a bit disconcerting.  Summer weather is notoriously unpredictable here in Northern Ireland, so…

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…