It’s raining, it’s pouring…….

Another day of rain and so I stay indoors.  I watch the flowers as their strength is tested by the heavy downpours.  This picture will serve as a memory to hold onto until next year.


The childing autumn, angry winter, change

Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,

By their increase, now knows not which is which.

from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.



A day in 3 parts

What a glorious day!  These could be the last good days of summer, so off we go for a tour of County Down to some of our favourite places.  First to the house and gardens of  wonderful Mount Stewart.

Then we board the ferry at Portaferry to cross to Strangford.  Such a short trip but being on the water is a joy today.

A short drive from Strangford is Kilclief.  There are a few families on the beach: one group having a picnic, another playing cricket and at the edge of the sea some children paddling.  This is the perfect place to stop and relax.  The sun is warm and the air is fresh.  It doesn’t get better than this!



It amazes me just how beautiful this little country is, even when the sun isn’t shining!

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glenariff 2

These are pictures taken not far from the Visitor Centre looking down the valley to the Irish Sea and hazy views of Scotland in the distance.

Only a short walk today as our purpose here today was to add our voices to the Hen Harrier Day campaign.



I’m off to the park!

I recently read a post about a visit to Granada in Spain.  The bright skies, perfect blues and the feeling of light was amazing in the author’s photographs.  I have never been to Spain, so I made a promise to myself that I should go there soon.

For now, today, I could only go as far as the southern end of Belfast, to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, about a half hour drive from home.

Of course it was raining, that fine soft rain that soaks you right through!  So here are some flowers to cheer me up!


A short course in Cumbria

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Greystoke Village

The sun was shining when I arrived in the village but thereafter it mostly rained.  It was after all the Lake District but it didn’t worry me on this visit as the course I was on was indoors at the Cycle Cafe  –

I was on a wood engraving course and it was brilliant!  Here is some of my work.  I should point out that all of the wood blocks we worked on were very small, about 2″ x 1″.

Now that I’m home again I need to buy some tools so that I can continue.  Wish me luck!