Half Term Happenings

It is lovely to be back at the cottage after almost 2 months of the daily hectic-ness that is every day life.

Here there are “lie-ins” – well, later than 6.50am, so that counts! There are no school uniforms, packed lunches and school runs. There is NO HOMEWORK! (HoweverMiddle Daughter is continuing to work hard towards her transfer test/entrance exams in November/December despite being on holiday)

We still have the cooking, cleaning and laundry etc, but the kids love to get involved with the cooking at least!  Not sure what we would do without eggs though – french toast, boiled, scrambled, poached and fried – they can produce them all!

Yesterday we had a walk on the beach at Runkerry Strand

This is the River Bush just before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

 After sunday lunch in Ballycastle I persuaded the family to indulge me by returning home via the Dark Hedges – one of my favourite places to photograph.  I think this has been my first visit in Autumn – it was a crisp sunny autumnal day.

I am managing to create quite a bit of jewellery up at the cottage – the small table in the sun-room is my work bench.  I will post some of my latest JanMary Designs creations later in the week.

Plans are well under way for a Coffee Morning and Jewellery Party on 12 November, with donations and percentage of jewellery sales going to Friends of the Cancer Centre @ City Hospital, Belfast.  

I am looking for some new, easy, tried and tested recipes for buns, cupcakes or tray bakes, so if you have any suggestions be sure to link me up 🙂

So, have you any plans for this week? Do share!

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  1. wish I were up there right now – by a fire!! Nothing exciting planned this week except for editing photos!!!
    Maybe I need to get out and do some shooting –
    enjoy your week away from the norm!!!

  2. oh…i like your idea for donating your proceeds! you have such a good heart…God will surely bless you more.
    in case you get new recipes..(or even the old ones you have for your coffee morning..) can you share them? but sorry i cannot share anything…
    have a wonderful party and enjoy your stay in the cottage! oh..by the way…beautiful photos as always!

  3. I’m coming home this week. I will be inundated with laundry. And my house will probably be dirty. And there will be nothing to eat.

    And you know what? I can’t wait.

  4. great idea with the party – sad it´s too far away for me ;-(

    lucky you at the cottage – like all the great shots of the surroundings there

  5. Can’t wait to see your creations &i wish you success on your sales. I’m sure it will be a huge success! I was just passed an easy and speedy cake recipe that might just be the ticket for yiu – will email it to you later today when I am on the real computer and typing is easier. Forgive me for not being here for an entire week – whoosh, that one went by in a flash!!!

    The first photo you have posted – it is STUNNING! I am breath taken by it! To imagine you can visit there often – wow! I too would be asking to be taken back to the beautiful trees as well. I wonder how long those trees will last, and if whoever planted them in the first place ever dreamed they would be so famous.

    Hoping you have a wonderful day!

    Love, Barb

  6. Those photos are hauntingly and strikingly beautiful! I visited Ireland in September and these pictures just make me want to go back.

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