So which is your favourite? There are so many things I love about different seasons which is just as well living in N.Ireland as we can have all in one day.

I am not a fair weather walker and enjoy a drizzle as much as a walk in sunshine that can leave you feeling sticky and drained. Living in North Down and Ards allows for so much exploration

Craft events or walk in an island, climb to the tower, explore the old mines and quarries. There is so much out there but even in the garden there is much to see

Nothing as good as a dander on a Saturday morning with my best mate in her pram and the promise of a cuppa and treat

Sedentary Life- firstly due to a pandemic and now a way of life

We all need a balance in our lives whether that is work and play, the type of foods we eat and choices of leisure. Many of us have been forced to change our lifestyle with pandemic and brexit changes. Being forced to change is not always negative, in fact I find it positively refreshing.. all previous activities scrapped and starting from fresh. My job now entails walking from one room to another as opposed to driving to the park and ride, catching the bus and walking to the office and I am saving about two hours each day, never mind the take away coffees and lunches. So it’s been almost 18 months and I have jiggled and toyed with how I want my life to be and thoroughly happy with how things are moving along. I feel I am getting a better balance with the outdoors and indoors and my diet. I am the type of person who gets bored easily and never really happy unless I am multi tasking. I am not necessarily a lover of the norm and certainly not a people pleaser. Never swayed by fashion or the latest idol or the music that is popular but I just love being me.. a previous manager used to give me odd looks when I got excited about things that he felt generally people would have not been happy about and then he just said “ weird”. So welcome to my weird world.

Who could not enjoy a breakfast at Haptik before a walk in the woods whilst listening to an audio book

And for the afternoon I will likely crochet by the sea

Delamont Country Park

This little hidden dream stay cation is less than an hour from home and yet we had always drove past. It does help your stay anywhere though when you have excellent weather. It is a very well kept site managed by the Camping and Caravan club.

Relaxation- Woodland walks.

I think I prefer to sit by the sea but also enjoy a good walk in the woods.


For some reason Smudge is not too keen if too many trees to the point it becomes dark otherwise she likes to wander at her own pace and pick up some scents

Scrabo tower
A little stone in memory of Winston, Smudge’s friend who visited for a year from Canada

Lock down relaxing

Whilst lock down is relaxing I have not felt comfortable to meet indoors and still more than happy to be out and about in my own company and small group of friends. With this and the strict regulations for dogs travelling to the mainland and South of Ireland it is just as well as looks like I may be trapped on this part of the island forever. Despite no rabies in Ireland for 100 years the government has decided to move out of N.Ireland your pet needs a rabies vaccine which I will not put my precious baby through unnecessarily so a sacrifice I am willing to make.

Barr’s Bay

We love living between the Lough and the sea and even at the same areas there is always something different to see with the tidal and weather changes.


It’s starting to warm up a little so nice to get out of the boots and into the flip flops. having Monty also means we have our own food on board and do not have to deal with the reduced menus in restaurants and the restrictions still surrounding Covid 19