Ardglass and Ballyhornan

We slept as snug as bugs in rugs and enjoyed the extra hour with the clocks going back.

Smudge kept guard as a cat dared to visit our pitch

We went exploring as the sun was shining and no sign of rain.

Jordan’s Castle

This little village has everything close by which is ideal when your dog is 12 years old and not so keen on an early morning walk.

We have always loved Ballyhornan Beach and it’s picnic spot. However this has been refurbished and Monty does not fit under the new height restriction set on the car park so we were unable to visit and had to move further on up the road. When we bought our camper it was instead of a car so we are being discriminated against by a number of council areas, stopping us visit areas on day trips.

I always manage to find some sea anemones on this side of the Lough.


So we are virtually locking down again due to the Covid and our campervan pitch at Carrickdhu was cancelled by the council. I really do not understand this, no one seems to use common sense, as no idea how we are likely to catch Covid in our own self contained camper, in fact safer than walking the dog at home in our development. Fortunately I came across this great little motorhome site still open where we could hook up to electric and still be completely safe in our self contained camper.

Only one hour from home and we had never visited before. We were also fortunate to have such good weather for this time of year.

Rossglass had a lovely beach where we had lunch and had a wander around the grave yard. I noted a large Russell grave which is a family name for me and later discovered a wealthy Russell family lived in Kings Castle in Ardglass as well.

I fell in love with Coney Island and would love to live there on the beach.

Instead we parked up for the night and had fish and chips from Doc’s. Thanks for the recommendation Cathy.

We could not be safer- out and about during the pandemic

We all need to take care of out mental health and even more so during a pandemic when we are restricted with who we can meet and many like myself spend all day working at home alone. I can honestly say, apart from when the government stated we could not travel, which for me was a nonsense, because how was it unsafe to travel when I did not meet anyone. Any way I have felt so much better working from home and getting out in nature. I am so much more relaxed, sleep and eat better.

I found I have a good balance of the outdoors and crafts indoors

The Autumn Horizons shawl was designed by Eleonora Tully of Coastal crochet and the yarn was from Pigmentandply

Out and about locally

This blog post is very late as I was called with little notice for surgery that had been postponed due to the pandemic. With some complications later, spending more time reading and watching movies than I have ever done in my life. Look forward to getting back to work. Most daily trips are to Millisle to watch the waves, the local heron and give Smudge a chance to sniff around the shore.

We also had a trip to Annalong via Newcastle.

Then it was R&R and now looking forward to being back to normal routine, or at least the new normal in the midst of a pandemic.