Friday, 29 April 2011

Our surprise mini break!

We were away by just after eight yesterday morning and arrived at Belle Isle just after ten. It was hot and sunny and that part of Northern Ireland is just wonderful and beautiful. We surveyed our surroundings and then went straight back out and did a tour of the Marble Arch Caves. I'll do a separate post for that.
We stayed in the courtyard. When we got back from our tour of the caves, Lee put our lunch together. We had tomato and mozzarella salad with a basil and olive oil dressing with some baguette and wine. The setting was so beautiful and the food was so simple and fresh and everything was just perfect.

Later on, in the evening, we ate a platter of cheeses, eggs, cold meats, bread and chutney. Delicious.
Belle Isle has two donkeys and a horse, some cows, some sheep and two friendly dogs. 

This morning we were up and getting ready to check out at ten. While we readied ourselves and breakfasted on poached eggs and bread, we put the telly on to watch the beginning of the royal wedding. And, in the car, on the way over to the Ulster American Folk Park, we listened to the live commentary on the radio. It was all very exciting. I was more excited that the folk park was fairly quiet, 'cos everyone else was watching on the telly or in London at street parties, or just still in their beds. As we left the park, however, the crowds were beginning to arrive. We'd timed it well.

More pictures and posts to come...

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