I've cheated a little bit with the title as I'm backtracking to the Wednesday before we set off for Ireland. I had planned to walk with my group in Woburn Sands and do a 7 mile walk. I wasn't too confident as to where Woburn Sands was so I used Google Maps on my phone. I don't know what went wrong but it sent me on a huge loop almost ending up back at home so I drove to Milton Ernest and recce'd a new walk that I'll be leading in October. There wasn't enough time to reset the Sat Nav as if you're not at the start point on a Rambler's walk by 10 am sharp they don't wait around! Anyway, I was pleased with new walk of 7.5 miles and it stayed dry although it rained on the way home. One thing puzzled me. Most of the fields on one particular part of the walk had been harvested but I spotted small piles of grain at edge of one field. Then I came across this:
Jacket: Bedford market; dress 3:16 charity shop; shoes charity shopped and blue tee from Primarni several years ago.
The route I sometimes take when I'm out for a walk passes behind the trees across the lake and I get a good view of the Aquapark. You can water ski here, paddle board and swim. I want to try the outdoor swimming when I get back from Ireland; apparently I'll need to buy a brightly coloured swim hat first. After the boys had got dressed we met my daughter and went out for something to eat. The waiting time at Nando's was too long so went to the Alpero Lounge by the river where the food was good and the view of the river was lovely.
One of the long defunct stocks had burst into a second flower. The tomatoes were bigger but still green and there was a second magnolia bud on the magnolia tree. There was also a second fruiting on the raspberry bush but I ate those before I took the photos...
This was the view from the mobile home window. It's one I could never tire of. The caravan was fine; only superficial mildew on things and we spent Saturday giving it a good clean and air out. The weather in Ireland during our stay was pretty good. It was mostly warm, frequently humid and we had occasional sunny days. One Tuesday it was 26 degrees and we went to Mullaghmore; where I went for an evening sea swim with my cousin's wife which was glorious. I would liked to have stayed in longer than the 30 minutes we did but we had to get to the restaurant where they stopped serving food by 7.45pm...
I didn't know what the top building was but it was clearly Masonic at one time. That's Belfast Custom House seen from the bridge across the River Lagan.
My daughter's birthday was on Sunday and earlier in the year I'd bought her a ticket to the 'Strawberries and Cream' festival in Cambridgeshire as part of her birthday present. I also ended up driving her to the venue on Saturday afternoon and picking her up again around midnight! She had a fab time and was back on Sunday for the second day.
Headscarf and all jewellery charity shopped except the necklace which was brought back from South Africa for me by my ex- mum in law.