Friday, 29 September 2017

A visit To Ballydougan

Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes on Wednesday - I think I'm only just recovering from chocolate indulgence though!

As part of my birthday treat, hubby took me to a special little cottage tearoom that I've been longing to visit.

It's called Ballydougan Pottery and Tearooms near Lurgan County Armagh. 

This is the tea room with a great old inglenook fireplace though its not working anymore.
The flowers adorning the chandeliers were gorgeous and were from a wedding function.

I thoroughly enjoyed a blueberry and white chocolate scone with butter and preserve and you can see the plate is from the pottery made on site.

This id the matching teacup and little milk pitcher. I love the shape of the teacup!

This is the entrance to the giftshop where you can buy their pottery.  The building is an original stone cottage with thatched roof - really quaint!

Inside, there is a great display and array of pottery and this antique sideboard caught my eye!

As did the blue pattern on this set!

And perfect for autumn, this set has apples on it.

It was lovely to visit and hope you enjoyed a peek around too!

Best wishes

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Special Day!

Today is a special day for me as I turn a year older!  Even though it's rainy and grey here, I have enjoyed a lovely time with my hubby and my three kids.

I received this lovely old red lantern candle holder from hubby - he knows I love collecting lanterns!

From my sister-in-law I received some sweet things including this wooden pumpkin and now sits in my shelf with other autumn decorations.  Love it!

My dear daughter made us all my favourite chocolate cupcakes (instead of cake) and I have indulged in one (or two)!!! and found them delectable!

So I have been well and truly spoiled and enjoying every moment!

Best wishes and thanks for coming by!
Wish I could share some tea and cupcakes with you too!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn and Apples!

Happy First Day of Fall!

To celebrate this fruitful season, I made a wonderful apple and cinnamon cake loaf.

As a neighbour had a bumper harvest of cooking apples and gave me some, I thought I'd try to make something new to me and found a recipe on Pintrest, relatively easy and I had all the ingredients to hand.  The recipe can be found here

(I found it took almost 20mins longer to cook mine the whole way through.)

 All in all, it turned out well!

Perfect with a generous dollop of whipped cream - or ice cream if you prefer!

Thanks for all your kind comments!

Best wishes!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

From the Primitive Past

Whilst on holiday in Lancaster County PA, we visited the Landis Valley Museum.

It has a great variety of restored homes dating back to the 1700's with a vast collection of authentic pieces collected by the Landis brothers.

This was a lovely stone building which was an inn...

It was filled with many wonderful primitive pieces...

...and gave a great insight into how life went on back then.

Well worth a visit!

Best wishes!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer Summary

Hello again! 

I have been enjoying a wonderful summer break and to shoe my way back into blogging and crafting again, I thought I'd share some of our holiday highlights.

Back in July we had a wonderful trip to the USA, beginning in New York City.
A couple of views from the Top of the Rock and from Brooklyn.

Nest we were off to Philadelphia

I thoroughly recommend a tour of the historic district.
Below is Elfreth's Alley, one of the oldest streets in the city and so pretty!

Of course we queued to see the Liberty Bell with its famous crack!

Then we had to stop in my favourite area of Lancaster County Amish Country!

A quick stop in Harper's Ferry WV - a beautiful spot!

For the final week of our trip we headed to Annapolis MD.

 All too soon the sun was setting and we headed home with lots of fun memories!

Hope to catch up with you soon!

Best Wishes

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!