Outdoor living space

I feel the slightest draft so takes a lot to get me outside and despite the greenhouse effect On the environment I have enjoyed the better weather we have managed to get this year.

And National Trust-Rowallane

And love carrying out surveys for Shore (NI) to support Ulster wildlife gets me out from my sedentary work life

Check out the creativity tab at the end for my latest makes

Summer 2022- is the pandemic over??

Following the Queens Jubilee celebrations, we dared to leave N.Ireland for the first in nearly three years and took outer trusty camper to Edinburgh. I did not just bring memories home but Covid as well extending my time off work a bit more!

We visited many castles on our journey from Cairnryan, Glencoe, Inverness, Ballater and Drum.

My pavlova the size of the oven and fit for the Queen
70 yr celebration bandana

Seasons

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

Benone and more

We decided to take a holiday every month over the summer season and each time we were blessed with amazing weather.

We had booked into Deighans in Benone which was really a bigger site than we like

Castle rock

Weather was so good we stayed an extra night in Castlerock. It was small and we would stay there again

Musendun Temple
Castlerock

Crafting continues