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Spring already

It has been so long since I have written hard to believe we are in another season and have more or less been in some form of lock down for a year. A lot has happened in this year. We lost my father in law right at the beginning of the first lock down thankfully not due to Covid. I have lost a few older relatives to Covid and had to deal with it in our own household. Fortunately I recovered fairly quickly and was able to continue to work from home. Lots of projects and reading in my spare time and of course out and about in the security of Monty our trusted camper. Smudge has thoroughly enjoyed having us around every moment of the day and became even more of a madam.


no holidays as such but lots of day trips locally to either the beach or the Lough. We are fortunate that both are around five miles for us. We have mild days and absolutely freezing days and although it is Spring we have just had snow to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.

Smudge got a new puffer coat at her favourite shop Murphy and Bailey https://www.facebook.com/MurphyandBailey/ and has had a few visits for treats. One of our favourite places to walk is island hill but you need to make sure you check the tides because if you hit high tide the path is under water.https://walkni.com/walks/island-hill-north-strangford-nature-reserve/

A lot of my crochet has been for gifts such as the natures walk blanket that travelled over to USA and Lollo bear for a very special little girls first birthday coming up. Lots more blankets planned as so many people I want to gift and some for myself as well.

I am presently doing a picnic by the beach cal by Eleonora of https://coastalcrochet.com/ she is such a fun designer and we have so much in common with a nursing background as well. Loving the excitement every other month when I receive my little box of crochet and so far staying up to date with completing projects. I will be starting another cal picnic by the river designed by Eleonora as well but hosted by https://www.littleboxofcrochet.co.uk/. I also plan to start a mosaic for my bed by Maud https://www.instagram.com/maud__akkermans/?hl=en-gb it’s a patchwork cal and I will be choosing different colours.

I have two wonderful sets of neighbours. On one side I have a couple recently moved from Isle of Man who gave me the beautiful tulips above for Easter and a lovely Lithuanian family whose children made us the little jelly desserts below.

As I mentioned in prior blogs Covid has not really impacted our little world too much as I walk in the waves, crochet to classic fm and give Smudge as many cuddles as ever.

November days out and preparing for Christmas

Having Monty has been such a blessing getting out and about, with a little kitchen and toilet on board which is extremely useful during a pandemic. unfortunately the government do not seem to understand the benefits. However for us we are keeping safe and away from everyone whilst enjoying the fresh air and boosting our mental health. we can be seen in Groomsport or Millisle mostly,

The decorations usually go up around the 1st of December. It is quite an event as much decor comes down to make room for them and they all have their place. We have the Christmas music on and Smudge loves the fuss as she wears her Christmas scarf Lucy bought her many years ago.

Cranberry flap jacks and short bread made as well as organising the Xmas day menu. Parsnip, bacon and roast parsnip soup followed by raspberry sorbet and melon. A little break before the turkey dinner with all the trimmings of Brussels sprouts with lardons and cocktail sausages cooked with cranberries, roast carrots, parsnips and potatoes. Cream potatoes and gravy. A glass of Prosecco and profiteroles for dessert. We always eat at 5 so we can go out in the morning to the beach.

Holiday season is over but not for us

We are making good use of ‘Monty’ with lots of days out and we plan to continue this throughout the winter. I had a day leave today and we sat at the beach listening to the wind, waves and classic fm. Smudge snoozed and we relaxed.

Some excitement in the media about a vaccine for Covid. However I will not be opting for this and will continue to keep my distance. I would be concerned I may react as have many allergies. Christmas is drawing near but work will continue and I will keep busy in between with crafts and cooking. I am still working on my Queen as well as a few other bits and pieces. The Christmas cards are ready for mailing.

Our little angel…. even when she wakes us at 0300 and 0500hrs wanting to play .

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.

Ardglass

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.