Friday, 17 March 2017

A visit to Downpatrick


The town of Downpatrick is the final resting place of the patron saint of Ireland.  It's not too far from home so let's visit.

On approaching the town, a large sculpture of Patrick greets visitors.


On a hill in Downpatrick sits the Cathedral


Inside there is a beautiful stained glass window depicting the life of Patrick in Ireland.


In the graveyard to the side of the Cathedral, lies the final resting place of Patrick, who died on March 17, 461.



Have a happy day!

Linking with Amy at Love Made my Home HERE

Many thanks to Amy who has hosted Five on Friday so faithfully and now passes it on to FAST from next week.


Friday, 10 March 2017

C.S. Lewis Square


Last week hubby and I enjoyed a rare afternoon out in Belfast's East Side which has a newly opened tribute to famous author and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis who was born here and most famed for
'TheLion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" And Chronicles of Narnia.

Here are five (plus!) photos from our visit.

This is the Searcher by Roger Wilson depicting Lewis stepping into the Wardrobe

Aslan is a 3 metre tall bronze sculpture by Maurice Harron - isn't he fabulous?



Maugrim is a frightening creature and almost seems to leap out at you!


Then there is the White Witch, trying to cast her icy spell..


 I love her snowflake cape!


This was a little space of creative genius and imagination and it did feel like we had stepped into another land.

A great day!

Hope you enjoyed and check out more Five on Friday with Amy at 


Happy weekend!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Forsythia stems - a quick tutorial

 I love the colors and blossoms of spring and the vivid yellow of the forsythia is one of my favorites.
So eye-catching and cheerful! just what we need to see after the drab winter days.  Rather than cut some stems this year, so that i can let them flower away outside for all to see, I thought I could try to make some faux forsythia stems using tissue paper.
This was orginally posted back in March 2015.

So here's what I did:  all very easy!

Gathered some bare branches  and bought some bright yellow tissue paper.


I drew a very simplistic template which resembles a star fish and placed this on lots of layers of tissue paper at once so you can cut out lots of flowers quickly.


I then fanned out several layers of the flower and pinched them together tightly in the middle to make a blossom.

Using my hot glue gun I began to glue them onto the branches - warning you WILL burn your fingers!!


And TAH DAH!!! A finished stem of vibrant yellow forsythia which you can use anywhere in your home for lovely spring decorating!


Hope you enjoyed and even get to make some!

I am pleased to be linking with Really Crafty Link Party HERE




Thanks !

Friday, 3 March 2017

March is here!


As this is my first post in the month of March 2017, for fun I thought I'd use the five letters of March to do an acrostic of things I think of and love about this month!
(Think I'll do the same for April!)


1.  M is for Mother as this month we celebrate Mothering Sunday in the UK.

These are a couple of the cross stitch pieces I've made for this lovely occasion and the first was a gift to my own precious mother.




2. A is for theArrival of lovely new blooms and lambs signalling spring is coming! What a lovely feeling that is!



3. R is for Rain and we have more than our fair share of rain in March, but the plus point is there is more chance of seeing a pretty Rainbow!
You can just about see this arc!



4. C is for sweet little chicks too, cake and celebration of my son's birthday this month! Can't believe he'll be 16!!!





5. H is for HAPPY for lo the winter is past and the sound of birds singing fills the land!
Wishing you all a happy March!

Thanks for coming by and commenting! 


Linking with Love made my Home for Five on Friday HERE

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

(Low Carb) Pancake Day!

 Happy Pancake Day!  Just thought I'd share my take on low carb pancakes that I made today.
Maybe you've come across this recipe (or something similar) for low carb pancakes, but this is so easy so here we go!

1. Mash up a medium sized banana in a bowl with a fork.



2. Break a medium sized egg into the banana mixture and beat together with the fork, like this:


3. In order to hold the mixture together, i've found from experience that a tablespoon of self raising flour helps.  mix in thoroughly and you're ready to cook on a preheated griddle/pan with some spray oil to coat it.


From this mix you should get about four small pancakes.  Let them cook for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.


And depending on how healthy you want to be, serve with fruit toppings, whole fruit, melted butter and maple syrup , dust with icing sugar, or my favourite, chocolate hazelnut spread! DELICIOUS!


Hope you all enjoy a very happy Tuesday!



Friday, 24 February 2017

Five on Friday


We had a recent trip to IKEA so I thought I'd show you our purchases for Five on Friday today, hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home.


1. Three galvanised metal plant potholders for my kitchen window sill. i think they have a nice country farmhouse appeal.


2. I admit to loving and collecting baskets! Of course I really needed a new basket for the bathroom!
It provides great storage possiblities!


3. Another confession and this time it is my lack of a green thumb.  Its common knowledge that plants do not thrive for me. IKEA has a fab selection of faux plants so this is the latest one to adorn the bathroom sill.

4. My daughter loves miniature cacti so these were for her room.


5. A farmhouse pitcher in white. Love the simplicity of this and it was perfect for the willow stems I bought on vacation.


There are lots of other great products I had to leave behind for another day but we will be back.
IKEA has a great selection of homewares at reasonable prices.




Joining Amy for Five on Friday HERE

There's lots to see!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Snowdrops and Cross Stitch


Here we are again at the middle of another week and this is my finish today - sweet little snowdrop pillows and pinkeeps.  They are free patterns by The Little Stitcher under the free patterns link.

They are just perfect for this time of year as the snowdrops are blossoming in our gardens and remind us that spring is just around the corner!








Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a lovely week ahead!


Regards!



Friday, 17 February 2017

Five on Friday


We braved the wild weather this half term and headed for the seaside town of Newcastle County Down.  As you can see the rainclouds rolled in but we made the most of our day out at the beach!

So here are five snapshots of our visit

1. Along the promenade we had fun taking pictures in the Globe - you can just make out the lower slopes of the Mournes in behind it.


2. Another new sculpture is this lovely starfish.



 3. It's compulsory to go beachcombing and shell collecting!



 4. Another compulsory part of any visit to the seaside is to enjoy an ice cream or a 99 poke meaning it has a chocolate flake in it too!  SOOOO GOOD!


 5. This is the ice cream parlour where I bought our ice creams and this really is a sweet spot for hubby and me.  When we were just teenagers and starting to date, we would come in here on a summer's evening and have knickerbocker glories or banana boats! What a treat! Oh to be young!


So that's my five on Friday and thanks to Amy for hosting at 



Happy weekend!