Home countryside gardens, forest & seaside


I have finally got around to sorting out my photos from last week’s outings. We had lovely weather for my Hb’s time off work and we made the most of it by getting out and about, a lot!!! Be warned this is a very picture-heavy post!

These first lot of photos are from Antrim Castle Gardens, Co Antrim.

antrim gardens 1 Collage


antrim gardens 2 Collage


antrim gardens 3 Collage

All the following pics were taken at Gosford Forest Park, Co Armagh. Gosford has a huge castle which is now, believe it or not, used as apartments, quite a grand place to live!!


gosford 1 Collage


gosford 2 Collage


gosford 3 Collage



And finally our day out at the seaside, at Groomsport, Co Down.


groomsport 1 Collage


groomsport 2 Collage




So that was last week, if you are still with me, thank you, I just needed to get it all recorded.


The weather has been absolutely wonderful, not only last week but this week and by the sound of things next week too! Happy days!!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have yourselves a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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jooles July 19, 2013 - 9:58 am

Oh what beautiful photos Vivienne ….. looks like you had a blooming lovely week ;o)
I especially love that shot of the path under the trees, beautiful.
I feel so behind with everyones blogs at the mo, i have just been having a look back and saw your daughters wedding ….. Oh my goodness, she looked absolutely stunning and what a wonderful day, congratulations to the happy couple.
enjoy the sunshine!
love jooles xxx

Marigold Jam July 19, 2013 - 10:42 am

Fabulous photos – looks like you had a lovely week.

Helen Philipps July 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

It looks like a really lovely week, with lots of interesting places to visit and beautiful things to see. The gardens look so lovely, and your seaside pictures are stunning. Have a wonderful weekend enjoying the sunshine!
Helen x

Stephanie July 19, 2013 - 11:24 am

Gardens and the sea, Vivienne! What more could one ask for! I am so glad you had a wonderful week.

Isn’t that butterfly beautiful? 🙂

Jill July 19, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Beautiful photos, Vivienne. What super places and super weather you had for your husbands week off.
It’s scorching here today. I’ve already spent the morning at Violet’s school manning the refreshment stand at morning Sports Day, then I’m back there again this afternoon to watch Violet compete.
Busy, busy, busy…..
Have a lovely weekend.
Jill xxx

ali July 19, 2013 - 12:49 pm

such lovely photos thanks for sharing them. What a nice week you two had…Ive been to Groomsport but not the first two places you visited….they are on the to do list now, still enjoying the sun? ali

Simone July 19, 2013 - 2:01 pm

So glad the weather stayed nice for your days out! Such a pretty little butterfly in your photo – I wonder what it is? Lovely grouping of shells too. x

Carol Pina July 19, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Amazing pictures! looks like a big snake going up the tree and a person in one. The flowers and all are beautiful! love Carol

Jane July 19, 2013 - 4:24 pm

What perfect weather you picked for your week off Vivienne. Such lovely photos….of course I spotted the shells and the sand…bliss. Have a wonderful weekend, more sun is on it’s way…woop woop, Jane x

leon10 July 19, 2013 - 4:30 pm

lovely post and beautiful pictures like the one of the sea side and the one with the pretty butterfly never seen that kind of species very pretty maybe its a rare one have a lovely weekend gr leon10

Liz in Missouri, USA July 19, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Beautiful! You have given me such a lovely break in my day.

Jessie's Needle July 20, 2013 - 6:39 am

Great photos, well displayed – who needs lots of words.
S xx

Mia July 20, 2013 - 10:38 am

Looking lovely, Vivienne, both flowers and that inviting seaside… I am so happy your weather took a turn to better, and now I wish it’ll stay with you until September or so! It’s windy and rain-ish here but we’ve had some lovely days (wouldn’t complain if we got a few more still though!)!

Have a lovely weekend!


Madelief July 20, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Lovely photo’s Vivienne. So summery! What a beautiful castle. One we did not see yet and to add to our wish list 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Madelief x

Anne D.T. July 21, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Hi Vivienne—AMazing seaside and garden views. I’m really glad you and Mr B could have a week out and about. My favorites are the stone bridge, arch and walls.

Happy bunny making…..
Many greetings from finally cooler America!!Last week was very extreme!
Anne xxx
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knitsofacto July 22, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Looks like you had a fabulous week!

Sharon July 23, 2013 - 7:51 am

What great pics, looks like a lovely mixed break, just my sort of thing.

Margaret July 23, 2013 - 10:39 am

Another lovely picture show Vivienne.
I’m glad you had such great weather for your days out and about.

Patty July 26, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Looks like a great week Vivienne, you have such wonderful places to visit on your doorstep, castles, coast, just lovely. x

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