There aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday morning in June than by lazing back on the grass and enjoying the company of friends. Botanic Gardens in Belfast is an especially nice location for this. Even on a warm day, it never feels too crowded. Rather, the surroundings are perfect. There’s even the option of combining it with a cooked breakfast along nearby Botanic Avenue.

We indulged in both. After an hour sitting out on the grass, the temptation of toast, eggs and sausages proved too much, and off to Café Renoir we went. A walk through Victoria Square later followed; and here Lucinda and I joined Ian on his very first ascent to the viewing gallery!