For once, while people in England are complaining about the rain, we have wall to wall sunshine here in NI, even if it's still pretty cold. So today I continued with my exercise regime aiming to build up my strength and stamina. My husband dropped me off at the Lough Shore Park in Antrim where I met up with a walking group. We had a lovely walk through woodland along the northern shore of Lough Neagh and then back along the Mill Race to the town and the Castle Gardens.
The Gardens have been undergoing a massive restoration. In addition to acres of fine woodland there's a beautiful 18th century parterre and a long pond. Little of the castle remains but the stable block houses a great cafe (5 stars for the coffee and scones!) conference and exhibition space and a shop. The restoration will be completed later this year and I would recommend a visit to anybody visiting this neck of the woods.
After our coffee stop I walked the 4 or so miles back home making a total of 9 miles today - the most I've managed since my surgery and chemo. I'm sooo thankful to be feeling this well!
For any garden aficionados, N Ireland has lots to offer + a lot of attractions packed into a small space. The Mountains of Mourne, the Causeway Coast, the Fermanagh Lakes - all beautiful. Don't mention the Titanic!!!
Expecting big cheque from Northern Ireland Tourist Board any day... not!
So if you're in the area, look me up.