indoors and outdoors, christmas and new year}

I know we’re all a little bit over the festive posts, but I thought I’d put together this one final one to share some pictures of our holiday period.  You know how I love a chronological diary! 😉

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year and fully switched off from the routines of everyday life with restful mornings, and afternoons filled with long walks and far too much chocolate orange. 🙂  I never really realise how much we all need a break until we stop.  It’s a pause in this treadmill of life, isn’t it? And I think the final few days of the year are perfectly fitting as a time to rest and reflect.

Some pictures!




A few days pre-Christmas and Christmas day itself!  I wore an amazing midi skirt from Limited (I can’t find it online but you might be lucky in store!) with a cashmere jumper from Uniqlo.  Eva and Noah’s outfits are from Mango, as is Annie’s blouse.  Her pinafore is by Lace and Lillies.  Andrew’s cardigan and jumper here.  Ernie’s Christmas sweater was from a local pet shop.  Look how happy he looks to be wearing it! Ha!




We took a trip to one of our favourite NT properties, Mount Stewart, in the week between Christmas and New Year.  I love it at all times of year for photos and just watching how he landscape changes with the seasons.  I’m so looking forward to the amazing blossom of Spring – we visited it last year and I took some of my very favourite pictures to date.




Ernie enjoying the relaxed vibes of mornings off! 🙂  And Eva baking up a storm!  As if we hadn’t eaten enough over the Christmas period, Eva has been keeping us well stocked with cakes and biscuits over this last few weeks!

Oh, and I’ve been reading this book, ahead of our trip to Paris next week.  It’s super tongue-in-cheek and a little risqué in places, but I’m really enjoying it nonetheless!




We blew off the cobwebs at Castle Ward on New Year’s Day, with the coldest picnic ever and a bracing walk to follow.  It was one of those magical days though, where you feel totally content and at peace.  A reminder that, for me, just getting outdoors is always my best mood-lifter.





The last day of the holidays was a stunner, and we headed to the seaside to take in those beautiful mountains and that sky.  Living in this place, as we do, I often take for granted the beauty that we’re surrounded by.  I mean, its sort of second nature to forget, isn’t it?  But this little island has some of the very best, and I’m thankful to see it with new eyes from time to time.  Beautiful Ireland, you’ll forever be my favourite!

Hope you have the loveliest weekend everyone!

E x





    January 6, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Lovely post and lovely pictures. We live in the Lake District and like you said sometimes you take for granted what is right outside your doorstep, we are are going to be doing my walks as a family.

  2. January 6, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! Looks like you all had a lovely break! Also, by the way, I love The Cheshire Cat, I used to go there all the time as a child with my grandparents 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  3. January 7, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Lovely captured memories! Outdoors is definitely a perspective shifter for me too… Though I’m happy to take any tips on how to keep the kids smiling when they think you’re deliberately trying to freeze/torture them!!

  4. January 8, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Your photos, as always, are absolutely beautiful. It looks like you had a wonderful festive season x

  5. January 9, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Emma, stunning photos! You live in such an amazing part of the country! You’ve spurred me to get out more and find the beauty in the countryside that surrounds us. Hope you enjoy Paris and I can’t wait to see the photos!! Safe journey xx

  6. January 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Hi Emma,
    I’m from Ballyhalbert, not far from Mount Stewart myself (although now living in Lisburn with my Hubs) and your pictures are breath taking. I mean, I’ve been countless times of course but I suppose I took it quite for granted. Northern Ireland is full of beauty and alot of the time I forget it, you become accustomed to it.
    Definitely need to get out more, appreciate it and take more snaps for my own blog!
    Following you from here on out…can’t wait for your Paris post!
    All my love, X

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