November and December pictures..

Much as I love the sunny days of Summer, I always think that in Ireland we get the best light during the Winter months. I don’t mean those awful dull, dark drizzly days, but rather the days that come between the dark days, and give us sparkling blue skies, cold breezes and bright sunshine. Those are the day that we’ll snatch a few hours and take advantage of the gift of a beautiful day!

Here are some pictures of our adventures during October and November of 2018..


October 10th 2018 (11)

I love this old bridge over the Six Mile Water at Antrim Castle Gardens

October 28th Newcastle (42)

The view from the second bridge on Slieve Donard, over Newcastle, Co Down









October 14th Mount Stewart (40)

The view from the car park of Mount Stewart House, outside Newtownards, Co Down – you can see the Mournes in this picture!

October 28th Newcastle (52)

I love this reflective ball on the Promenade at Newcastle – that’s me and Mr Saturday Night reflected in it!

October 14th Mount Stewart (20)

Through the window at Mount Stewart..

October 14th Mount Stewart (32)

The sculpture and fountain in the lovely ‘Lady Mairi’s Garden’ at Mount Stewart

October 14th Mount Stewart (9)

The lake at Mount Stewart

October 10th 2018 (22)

The fountain in the peaceful gardens at Antrim Castle and Clotworthy House

October 20th 2018 Rowallane (3)

Rowallane Gardens in Saintfield, Co Down – lovely at any time of the year, but especially wonderful in Autumn

October 19th 2018 (2)

Belfast City Hall – all lit up

NOVEMBER 2018: A lovely month – with a birthday trip to Donegal at the end of it!

November 2nd Hillsborough castle (8)

A pathway at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

november 4th Rowallane (2)

The little pond at Rowallane Gardens on a beautiful day :)

november 4th Rowallane (6)

They pulled out the red carpet for us at Rowallane gardens!

November 17th Ormeau Park (1)

The old Bandstand at Ormeau Park

November 13th 2018 Antrim Castle gardens (13)

November day on the shores of Lough Neagh

November 11th Titanic (4)

A wander around the Titanic Quarter

November 8th 2018 Belfast (13)

Mirror reflections on the Lagan

November 8th 2018 Belfast (2)

From the banks of the Lagan in the Titanic Quarter, looking towards the Albert clock and the pedestrian bridge

November 8th 2018 Belfast (9)

The sad remains of the iconic Bank Buildings – destroyed by fire in August

November 18th Minnowburn and the Giant's ring (5)

The Giant’s Ring at Minnowburn – one of my favourite places. It’s a Neolithic earthwork, with a portal tomb in the centre.

November 18th Minnowburn and the Giant's ring (8)

The shadows from the old church at Edenderry – as seen from the Giant’s Ring

November 20th 2018 St Anne's (2)

Belfast city life..

November 20th 2018 St Anne's (8)

The wonderful St Anne’s Cathedral – an oasis of calm in the Cathedral quarter

November 20th 2018 St Anne's (4)

An inside view of the famous St Anne’s spire..

November 25th Derry (17)

A stroll around Derry city on our way to Donegal – this is the view, from the former Ebrington Barracks across the Peace Bridge to the Guild Hall

November 25th Derry (6)

The Guild Hall Derry, from the bottom of Shipquay Street. Me and Mr Saturday Night first met in Derry, so it’s always lovely to go back..









November 25th Donegal (12)

On the shores of Lough Swilly – we stayed at Castlegrove House, between Letterkenny and Ramelteon

November 26th Glenveagh National Park (5)

One of my luckiest shots of the year – a cloud-topped Muckish Mountain, Co Donegal





November 26th Glenveagh National Park (7)

Mount Errigal, looking like a volcano!













































These should keep you going while I get December sorted!






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