Happy Halloween

This year when I asked T what she would like to be for Halloween she immediately said

A Pumpkin!

Ok I thought a pumpkin will be easy…. until she said “I want you to knit me a pumpkin!”

ummmmm really???

At first I really was going to knit her a pumpkin costume but when we walked into music class and saw THE perfect pumpkin in her size for sale she forgot all about the knit one.

I did however make her a little pumkin top to go with it.

A simple little fascinator attached to a headband that worked perfectly.

I used Cabin Fever Northern Wool in the Pumpkin Colourway and a bit of extra cascade 220 held doubled I had left over from Woodstove Season. I whipped this up in about 20 minutes!

Of course there is no show without Punch…. eerrr Molly!

She has been in every Halloween photo so far so why should this one be any different.

Poor Molly wasn’t too interested in pictures this time…. it was around the time that daddy comes home from work and she was listening very carefully for truck. I see I will have to time my photo shoots around home time from now on!

 Now if you’ll excuse us we’re off to take this little pumpkin trick or treating!

Dunluce Castle

Well I promised you some posts on Ireland so lets start off with Dunluce.

Dunluce Castle is located on the beautiful coast of County Antrim. This medieval castle was built in the 1300′s by the Earl of Ulster Richard de Burgh.

The castle was given to the Northern Ireland Government in 1928 to be preserved as a national monument.

It has been added to  over the years and only the turrets remain from the original building.

It is dramatically positioned on the edge of the basalt crag with steep drop offs on either side. It offers a great vantage point of the sea and any enemy who might try to attack from the waterside.

In 1639 part of the kitchen fell off into the sea taking with it seven cooks. I don’t doubt it for a second, this castle used every inch of that cliff possible but they couldn’t have picked a more beautiful spot. The view is stunning.

There are small signs inside each of the rooms telling you what that room had been once upon a time. Above what the stable and harness room and farther up the guest rooms. When I first walked into the guest area I was shocked at the amount of fireplaces that lined the outside wall. I know a stone castle would be cold to live in but really do they need 6 in one room? It was then that I read about the guest rooms and each had its own fireplace, ahhh yes no inner walls. I’m sure they would have been quite toasty because the really wasn’t a lot of room between them.

T of course took one of her posing fits in front of the fireplace, work it  T, work it!

I think this was T’s favourite tourist spot that we visited. She had tons of fun running around in the grass,running across the bridge and peeking out of windows. She had a grand time exploring!

I took this picture because I just loved how the fireplace floors were set up in the manor house. If you look closely you’ll notice that those are individual pieces of slate all stacked side by side.

The bridge leading to the Manor House.  I love that you can still see some of the details on the corners of the building.

Who doesn’t love cobblestones! Corrie anyone?

We had fun, playing around and climbing turrets.

T had so much fun she didn’t want to leave.

The official website for Dunluce is here. You can read about its history, owners, and what once adorned the castle including items from the Spanish Armada.

We gave Dunluce Castle two thumbs up, a great exploration site for the whole family.