What is nicer than an end-of-summer trip to the seaside with family? We headed to the North on Saturday morning, stopping in Hillsborough along the way. The weather decided to cooperate and it was sunny skies and warmth all the way. Over four days we picnic~ed at the ruined 13th century Layd Church near Cushendall, walked in the walled gardens of Glenarm Castle, strolled the prom in Larne and swam in the sea both at Cushendun and in the harbour at Ballyhalbert. It was lovely for the boys to spend precious days with their cousins and it was lovely for the grown~ups too. And now we face the fact that there are less than two weeks until September and the beginning of school, but for now we are enjoying these last few days of freedom.