Wednesday, 17 December 2014
We all gathered at the old schoolhouse, Mount Stewart estate, County Down, this morning.
There were at least a dozen of us, National Trust Strangford Lough Group staff and volunteers.
During the morning we worked in and around the back yard and garden of the schoolhouse.
I managed to get two sacks of logs.
The main purpose of the day, however, was the annual Christmas party lunch, a very informal affair.
We all contributed to it: Tomasz brought home-made wild mushroom soup.
Phil provided his game pie.
Others brought sausage rolls, vol-au-vents, quiche, bread; Pavlova, chocolate cake, Christmas cake, and more.
I've written about the schoolhouse before. It's an historic building, some two centuries old.