If you do one thing this week join the Connect Programme!

My first impression of the Connect Programme = NOISY! The first thing I saw was the image of security men scratching their heads in the deafening cacophony that was the temporarily broken, fire alarm.  All we could do was grin and nod at each other, hands over our ears- an excellent ice-breaker! Kerry Harding (our…

Breaking in the Ilse Jacobsen.

The shop sells a smörgasbord of deliciously edgy to downright glamorous designer wear at a fraction of the South Molton Street prices and, as if by magic, on Friday, an Ilse Jacobsen arrived. In my size!

Visiting the Aargh ory

On the plus side, I laughed so hard that my sides ached, tears streaked my cheeks, and I was completely powerless to retaliate

33 go mad in Portrush

Fabulous coastal trip at the weekend. 33 went mad in Portrush. 3 walkeditoff in Portstewart. Famous for the ‘golf coast’, our venture did not disappoint. Adventure and laughter, kidultz and tweens cavorting blithely on the beach and in the water. The incredible rich flavour of succulent just-caught mackerel, cooked on the beach. A conga line…

Slick Streets and Art Shows

Sports Day happened on the rainiest day of the year.  How typical is that?  The temperature had fallen by 10 degrees that day and I was amazed they still did it.  The teacher on the mike was great at inspiring the kids and making them laugh and they all had boundless energy, joyful little clouds…

Weird plants and hangovers 

A week of decision-making and holiday plans. (House extension in process-chaos reigns supreme!). Sunday morning I walked it off  at Minnowburn https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/minnowburn and was rewarded with an elegantly feathered heron, marching along the river bed in time with my steps.  They are such leggy birds and so reminiscent of Chinoiserie and Japanese art, it is…

Bog snorkelling and horses asses

20 minutes up the hill out of Belfast there is the very wild and usually quite windy, Divis Mountain.  The views are breathtaking.  However a gentle 4K leg stretcher became a bog yomp due to horses asses.  I jest not:  We decided we had time to check out the Heath Walk on National Trust managed,…

Walkitoffni “Hi”

This week the drama of the chairs caused me to seriously need to Walkitoff in NI. Before the replacement arrived I knew they were sending me the wrong one. AGAIN! Mine is a discontinued line and I love it but I know we got the last chairs in Ireland. Despite numerous emails and 30 week…