Hello it's good to be back!
This is a photo heavy post - you have been warned...
This was me on the morning we sailed from Liverpool to Belfast. We stayed overnight in a 'Premier Inn' but when we arrived in Birkenhead in the afternoon it was cold and the rain was lashing down. We chilled out for the rest of the day; cancelling any idea of taking a ferry across the Mersey - next time perhaps - and got up bright and early on Saturday to catch the ferry.
The view from the ferry of Liverpool.
We had an extremely relaxing time on our two week trip to Ireland. We did very little except visit three sets of relatives; one set in Mullaghmore and Grange in Co. Sligo; another set in Mohill, Co. Leitrim and the final visit was to Edenderry in Co. Offaly.
We had a few warm, sunny days but mostly it rained; it was Ireland after all! One evening the wind was so ferocious the mobile home seemed to rock from side. I thought we would be blown over, for sure. We had a short snow storm one day and although the snow didn't settle on the ground for long it remained on one of the mountain tops until the next day.
Just a couple of outfits worn on holiday. Everything charity shopped. Boots above as before. I didn't wear two of the skirts I'd brought with me and one top, so my packing was pretty good. I usually pack too much; which is daft as I have quite a few clothes in the mobile home part of a permanent wardrobe I keep there. I wore the skirt below on three occasions; once as seen; another day with a navy blue top and another day with a green top and green tights.
I hadn't killed the Euphorbia after all...and another piece of good news; the Magnolia tree I thought I had pruned back too hard was showing a couple of green shoots - hurrah! The Wisteria, too, was full of green shoots and tiny leaves. In fact in the two weeks we'd been away the trees everywhere no longer had bare branches but were covered in green and blossom was everywhere. I even spotted flowering Wisteria.
Everything charity shopped. Trousers from 1.00 rail somewhere; top by Cos from my Barnardo's and pumps bought last year. All jewellery charity shopped. It was brilliant to wear fewer layers and lap up the warm sunshine.
Although I didn't need to do food shopping on Thursday it was still a busy day. I went for a swim and managed to do 48 laps (1 mile). Then it was off to the hairdresser and to the sorting office to collect a parcel which wasn't there - it had been returned to the sender - aaarghhh! Did you know that if a parcel isn't claimed from Royal Mail and there are no sender details to return it to; it gets send to a Royal Mail Depot in Belfast where they open it and decide either to dispose of it or send it to charity! So, it's a good idea to include your details if you send a package to someone...I know I'm probably preaching to the converted.