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…

Beauty in the everyday

Spring has definitely taken hold this weekend. Apart from a splurge of hailstones, the dry and sunny weather has inspired me to get outdoors and enjoy nature in bloom. The colours are varied - from pale spring blossom to bright yellow primula and the vibrant pink of rhododendron petals strewn on the ground. They are all equally lovely and a…