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A Year in Review 2013 – part two

A Year in Review 2013 continues …… with part two!

I tried to be a bit more selective in what images I included in this second part, but failed – lots more images, sorry! I have decided that all of part two will be dedicated to the summer months of July and August.


July 2013 will be remembered as the long hot sunny month – seriously ….. it was warm, dry and sunny for at least 3 weeks – glorious! Very unusual summer weather for Northern Ireland.

I set myself a challenge to visit (and photograph) every beach along the north coast of Northern Ireland – and managed it! Created this image from Google Maps to help with my quest!

365 jul beaches

We visited the beach at Castlerock a few times over the summer – this is one of my favourite pics

365 jul castlerock jump

We enjoyed exploring (and for some of us SWIMMING) in the rock pools at Dunseverick

365 jul dunseverick

No matter where we went, there were always pools to explore, and sometimes crabs and fish to be caught.

365 jul rock pools

We enjoyed meeting the cows on White Park Bay beach

365 jul cows white park bay

As always White Rocks strand was stunning, especially on those warm sunny evenings

365 jul white rocks

We really enjoyed CSSM this year – especially with all the warm sunshine, they were able to meet down on the wee beach in Portballintrae every day.

365 jul cssm portballintrae

Occasionally we didn’t go to the beach …. some local colour in Bushmills

365 jul bushmills

We made our annual trip to Barrys

365 jul barrys

July also included a week attending  various events as part as New Horizon

365 jul new horizon

There was one VERY wet afternoon  (it has to rain sometimes!) the kids and I built a fort/den – making memories!

365 jul fort


A few particular highlights in August

We started  with the National Trust Downhill Kite Festival

365 aug kite festival

I had an early birthday present …. a new ginger kitten ….. Garfield

365 aug garfield 1

We spent a few days at the lovely Lough Erne resort around the time of my birthday

365 aug family birthday pic

365 aug lough erne

At the end of August there was the annual Mini rally in Portrush

365 aug mini portrush

and the end of August meant back to school!

365 aug back to school

So there you have it …. the next exciting instalment of 2013!

What was the highlight of your summer?

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  1. Awww – I missed SO MUCH this past year. THANK YOU for taking the time to sum it up for me. I hope that 2014 will make me smarten up, my loss!

    ♥ Barb

    1. I’m looking forward to the year when your trip to Ireland is included in my review of the year!

  2. Sounds like a mad week, glad you got some me time and I know what you mean sometimes is bit of quiet time is nice. Great to see your son doing so well with the bike riindg … we were so close and then on Sunday she got fed up with it and went and got the stabilisers and rachet set and put them back on herself. Had to be proud in a way but they’re coming back off again and I’ll hide them better this time;)

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