Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Chapel Island Day

The aerial photograph atop - courtesy of Fat Tony.

Today was spent on Chapel Island, a property of the National Trust near Greyabbey, County Down.

There were about eight of us. This little island has become slightly overgrown, because sheep have not been grazing on it for a few years.

Our task today was to clear the undergrowth below the electric fence, in order that sheep can be re-introduced this autumn.

We all had to vacate the island after two o'clock, given that the tide was coming in fast; hence we lunched on the mainland.

This was an opportunity to discuss our forthcoming trip to the bird observatory on the Copeland Islands.

I'd made myself a chicken salad wrap today.

Later, we went back to the Old Schoolhouse on Mount Stewart estate; and from there we all attended a reception for volunteers at the mansion-house.

Afterwards, we were treated to a delicious array of cakes, cream scones, tea and coffee.


Anonymous said...

Tim, a fellow Old Campbellian was to-day sworn in as a Judge of the High Court, Mark Horner - now, The Hon. Mr. Justice Horner!

Timothy Belmont said...

Fascinating. I had no idea. I remember Mark Horner; or, should I say, Sir Mark!

Gavin Bamford said...

Do you walk over to this island at low tide? Google Earth shows a lot of sand in their images.

Timothy Belmont said...

Indeed, Gavin! We have to time it quite carefully.

Yesterday we had to leave at about 2pm; and while we were watching from the mainland, the water had encroached already!