Home countryside eastertime

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In my last post I hoped for better weather, well my wish came true, we really couldn’t have had better weather for Easter and with my Hb off for the week we made the most of our days.

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After a lovely lunch out on Easter Sunday we headed to Hillborough Forest park for a walk, where nature was beginning to wake up.

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We took a walk around the historic village of Hillsborough too, this is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

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Divis Mountain, the highest peak in the Belfast Hills was our destination on another day out.

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And as you can see we made to the summit (that makes it sound like Everest!), not too hard really and the thought of the flask of tea and the chocolate Easter egg in my Hb’s backpack to enjoy at the top, spurred us me on!!

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The views of Belfast city from the top of Divis are pretty amazing!

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If you’ve ever flown into Belfast International Airport you will flown round behind this mountain and if you’ve never flown into Belfast International, then why not???? Come and visit us, it’s lovely here and we’re very friendly! 🙂

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On another daytrip we drove through Carrickfergus on our way to Whitehead, Carrickfergus has a brilliant Norman castle.

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Belfast Lough looked almost Mediterranean on that day!!

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In Whitehead they like to paint their houses pretty colours, some bright and ………………

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……………….some pastel.

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This is Portmore Nature Reserve which is run by the RSPB, it was on the BBC’s Countryfile programme a few weeks back where they featured Irish Hares which are flourishing there. We thought we would pay them a visit in the hope of seeing some. Sadly not, the hares live beyond the lapwings breeding area and no one was getting anywhere near that at this time of year and rightly so, I would have liked to have seen the hares though.

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On the way back from Portmore we drove around the shore of Lough Neagh, the grasses were very pretty in the sunshine.

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The gorgeous weather has meant some garden time too which has been great.

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There have even been opportunities for some stash enhancement over the past week too because you know how it is, I have very little yarn! 😉

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And of course I have made time for some bunny making as well, with a start made on the April Girls.

All in all it has been a lovely Easter with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C on most days, my favourite time of year was certainly everything I hoped it would be.

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14 comments

Simone April 10, 2015 - 10:31 am

Vivienne, you have summed up Easter beautifully! You have had some lovely days out and I had no idea that the Queen had a residence in N.I. and very nice it looks too! I bet you liked the green painted houses best of all! x

Elizabeth April 10, 2015 - 11:33 am

I am so happy you had a lovely Eaaster. Good to see Ireland especially Carrickfergus we lived there and were our first child was born. Good looking bunnies peeping up, looking forward to seeing all of them. Thank you Vivienne. Love & Blessing x x Elizabeth

Mia April 10, 2015 - 11:39 am

Hello dear Vivienne,

Lovely post! And ever so welcoming, if I could I would jump into plane this very minute…maybe one day? It is so green&blooming all over at yours, I am just a bit jealous since snow blooms around here still quite heavily… But we are getting there! Wishing you happy April-days and lovely times with the April-girls!

Sunny weekend!

Yours,
Mia

handmade by amalia April 10, 2015 - 11:40 am

What a lovely walk! I always wonder about these rows of colored houses – do they have a neighborhood meeting to decide who paints what color? And why did nobody choose pink?
Amalia
xo

Marigold Jam April 10, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Brilliant post! Hasn’t the weather been amazing? I have never been to Belfast (well not to Ireland at all) and I must say you make a very good advertisement for a visit!!

ali April 10, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Sounds as if you had a lovely week. I do like Hillsborough and Whitehead…..hope the Bank House was open. I’ve never been to Portmore. ….that’s something else on my todo list.

Jane's Journal April 10, 2015 - 3:39 pm

What lovely days off your shared with us Vivienne, I really enjoyed my virtual journey. We have only ever been to Dublin, never N Ireland, for my 40th and of course that was a long time ago! You have some beautiful views near you, a great advert….put the kettle on if we ever make the journey ;0) The weather has been so glorious hasn’t it. I just hope it can last for the weekend too. Enjoy your April girls, they seem to be coming along very well. No one can every have enough stash so don’t worry re the new yarn! Happy weekend my dear friend xx

Debbie Seton April 10, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Sounds and looks like a wonderful time! I’ve been to southern Ireland many times (my Mum is from Tipperary) but never to the north, which I plan to remedy at some point! Other half has never been to Ireland at all, so when we have the means, I hope we’ll do a little tour – I truly love your island <3

Anne D.T. April 10, 2015 - 6:16 pm

So lovely to see more of your spring days, Vivienne. Glad to hear your hb had a week off and some days out and about for you two. Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for sharing more of your photos.
Anne xx

Helen Philipps April 10, 2015 - 8:49 pm

A gorgeous post, I loved seeing all your pictures. It is so nice to know you have had lots of sunshine and spring days, and the flowers are blooming. Your new yarn looks really beautiful too…very inspiring. Have a wonderful weekend!
Helen xox

Julia April 10, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Hi Vivienne, I loved hearing about all your trips and seeing the photos has made me homesick again (even though we’ve just come back from Easter in Enniskillen!). I love the fact you bring flasks of tea and Easter eggs to spur you on to climb mountains. That’s exactly the sort of thing I would do too. Am looking forward to seeing your new bunnies xx

Susan April 11, 2015 - 10:48 am

Beautiful photographs of your trips Vivienne…I always love to see your garden pics too…delicious yarn in lovely colours….and even more gorgeous ladies!!
Happy Weekend !
Susan x
P.S The painted house are just so pretty!

B.Géraldine wool and cats April 11, 2015 - 4:40 pm

I love Ireland ! I went there 23 years ago …. Thanks for those beautiful pics … and I see spring is really there !!! Your new girls look adorable …. Have a lovely and creative weekend !

Patty April 13, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Hi V, it’s been lovely to see your area on these photos, I think it looks brilliant and what gorgeous weather. I have only been to the south west of ireland before, never had the chance to visit N. Ireland, maybe one day. Shame the hares made themselves scarce on your trip, I love hares.
Very envious of your wool stash, fabulous colours and textures to keep you going for a while 🙂 x

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