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As mentioned in my last post during July my Hb and I have had some lovely days out visiting gardens, parks, castles and the seaside.

The weather didn’t always behave itself but in this country if you waited for the sun to always shine, well quite frankly you wouldn’t get very far.

So these are just a few photos of some of our days out.

The above photo is the lovely lavender lined paths in the gardens at Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Antrim Castle gardens are always well worth a visit.

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Another place well worth the visit is the walled garden at Bangor Castle, it is particularly well cared for with many flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs.

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These amazing sunflowers (my favourite flowers) were at the entrance to Ward Park, Banger, Co Down, for a moment I actually could have believed I was back in France, the sun was even shining that day!!

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Somewhere else we always love to visit at this time of year is Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for ‘Rose Week’.

The roses are stunning!!

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Just a shame I can’t share the scent.

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Of course no summer would be complete without a visit to the seaside (cue the not-so-sunny skies again).

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The seaside photos were all taken at Groomsport, Co Down.

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It wasn’t a day for playing in the sand and making sand castles but we did enjoy a lovely walk!

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Speaking of sand, I’d like you to meet my new little bunny….her name is Sandy and she’s a beachy kind of girl!

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Thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.

Just as I was about to publish it I realised it was my 500th post, so I had a little secret giveaway of all you lovelies who left a comment on that post and the number chosen was 13, who was Helen, so a little pack of goodies are on their way to you Helen.

Again thank you to all of you who so faithfully visit and leave me a comment, I really do appreciate them all.

Wishing you all a happy new week! 🙂

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13 comments

Gill July 20, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Sandy is a pretty girl, as always I love the fabric.

ali July 20, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Looks like you two had great days out despite the weather. Congratulations to Helen.

Jane's Journal July 20, 2015 - 6:26 pm

What great days out my friend. The flowers, especially the sunflowers and roses, look stunning. A day out is the best day whatever the weather. I LOVE Sandy…she is one of my new favourites….such a sweet bunny. I’m delighted to see that Helen came out of the hat for your 500th post. Enjoy the week xx

Anne D.T. July 20, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Love to see all of your day trip photos esp. at the seaside. Sandy is very fitting for July. Congrats to Helen……
Here’s to many more blog posts.( I am behind in commenting.) 0-:
Happy Monday, dear Vivienne.
Anne D.T. xx

Helen Philipps July 20, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Such gorgeous gardens….love the colourful flowers and I could just imagine the scent of those beautiful roses…..and how cute is Sandy!! I think she is one of my favourites….just love her beachy theme 🙂 And then I discovered you had a secret giveaway and I am the winner 🙂 !! Thank you so much, I am very lucky and will look forward to the surprise package very much!
Happy new week, dear Vivienne.
Helen xox

Mary C. Waterford Girl July 20, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Thank you for sharing “The Auld Co Down”. I love seeing them. As for your bunnies , what can I say , they are always dressed appropriately .

Elizabeth July 21, 2015 - 4:25 am

The pictures are beautiful Vivienne. Sandy beachy girl is gorgeous turquoise my favourite colour.We have been to all of these lovely places so great to see them again. Thank you. Congratulation to Helen. Love & Blessings. Elizabeth x x

mynestofyarnandbuttons July 21, 2015 - 11:13 am

Awe so nice that Helen was a most lucky “surprise” winner! Love your photos Vivienne, the gardens and beach are so just lovely, quite a mix of weather. So happy you could enjoy the summer days and thank you for sharing!!
xoRobin

Annie Cholewa July 21, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Oh wow, that’s some bed of sunflowers!! And I swear I can smell those roses, must be the power of autosuggestion!

Julia July 21, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Dear Vivienne, Sandy is just utterly adorable!! And even though the sun didn’t shine your pictures are beautiful. The only place I’d been to is Lady Dixon park to see the roses when I was at university. I will definitely try to visit some of those other lovely places someday. Thank you so much for sharing your holiday day trips with us. Am sending some London sunshine over your way. If you could send us some rain in return that would be great – my poor garden is parched! Jxx

ginaferrari July 22, 2015 - 8:38 am

Such beautiful places to visit… aren’t the flowers just gorgeous. I think Sandy is up there as one of my favourite bunnies!

Simone July 22, 2015 - 4:13 pm

I’m a bit behind with commenting! Your photos are gorgeous and I am glad you have been out and about in July making the most of Summer in ALL types of weather! I adore your new little bunny. There is no mistaking that Sandy is a summer girl! Congratulations on 500 posts and well done to Helen being the recipient of your secret giveaway. x

handmade by amalia July 25, 2015 - 5:07 am

Thanks for taking us along – these are all gorgeous places to visit.
Amalia
xo

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