Photohunt fresh

These are some freshly unfurled skunk cabbage or swamp lantern, taken at the lake in Hillsborough forest.
bright yellow leafand tall seed stalk

Their colour is stunning in the spring sunshine, all glossy and jaunty yellow. But after a few weeks the smell they give off is pungent!

Photohunt spicy

St Georges Market, in downtown Belfast is a great place to find all sorts of interesting foodstuffs.  Here’s one of the spice stalls.

an array of spices for sale

My kids always tease me about ordering the “most random thing on the menu”.  As I surveyed my morning’s purchases – roast dulse, dopiaza sauce, feta stuffed peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, pistachio and sour cherry biscotti  and a bottle of sarsaparilla cordial – it did strike me as being particularly “random”, even by my standards!  Well worth a wander any time you’re passing by.

Photohunt Play

My favourite waste of time of Facebook….
the opening screen of Bejwelled

I have to limit myself to 3 goes at breakfast time, and this has made me late for work on more than one occasion!

Photohunt Symbolic

Belfast is certainly not short of examples of symbolism – flags, murals, peacewalls, painted kerbstones, they’re everywhere you look!

But in recent years there have been more positive changes.  And one of the themes that Belfast has found to come together behind is the Titanic.  Quite why a maritime disaster engenders such a response worldwide is a bit of a mystery, but the Belfast shipyard where she was built has realised rather late in the day that there is a tourism potential to be exploited.

The 100th anniversary of her launch was last year (31 May, my son’s birthday so I always remember it) but it is the 100th anniversary of the sinking in April which is being prepared for.

The area of the city around the shipyard has been named the Titanic Quarter, and this new visitors centre is almost ready to receive the hordes of tourists expected to visit.

It’s a stunning looking building: The 4 pointy corners represent the prows of the ships built here, and from above its a star shape for the White Star Line.  The metal cladding reflects the light in such a way that it looks like shimmering water.

The race is on to have it completed in time for the anniversary on 12 April!

Photohunt Drop

Why do we use the word “drop” meaning to go down a couple of dress sizes? And why is it a “dress” size?

I’m a real bargain hunter, especially when it comes to clothes – I can smell a sale-rail at 30 paces. And of the reasons I fell in love with my husband was his theory that “sale rail bargains don’t count as shopping”

I found a fabulous pair of jeans in a “pop-up shop this week – it took me several goes to find the shop open at a time that I was passing, but my patience was rewarded with a brand new pair of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, price tag showing original price of £150, for a tenner. And the size? A 4.
the label of a pair of jeans

Now, they do promise to make you look a size smaller. And they are skin tight. And that’s an 8 in UK sizes. And they’re sort of stretchy, like jeggings rather than stiff denim.

But I cannot wipe the smile off my face. This time 18 months ago, my trousers were a UK size 16.