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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Happy weekend!