Saturday, 3 September 2011

Minnowburn Pond

I spent a most pleasant morning at Minnowburn, a property of the National Trust in greater Belfast, with several other volunteers.

We were slashing and eradicating weeds and foliage at the side of the pond. The Trust is going to develop and nurture the pond, which has been neglected in the past. There is a little island in the middle of it.

Today I spotted a newt, a spectacle which delighted Colin, our ranger. Is it a common newt?

We lunched in the warden's office, where I ate my chicken stuffing, coleslaw and mustard mayonnaise sandwiches. Colin was giving away crab apples and plums, so I acquired a handful of these fruits.

After lunch, we ambled over to the allotments and admired everybody's productivity.

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