Sunday, 16 August 2015
Last night I had a pal round for dinner.
The main dish was Tortiglioni pasta casserole, with thickly-sliced sourdough garlic bread and a rich salad comprising radishes, red onion, gherkin, baby plum tomatoes and lettuce.
I made a fresh basil and garlic vinaigrette dressing with a pestle and mortar.
Despite the abundant red wine, I still managed to rise after eight this morning.
Having cleared up the dishes in the kitchen, I fancied an invigorating walk in the Belfast Hills, viz. the Ridge Walk at the National Trust's Divis and Black Mountain property.
When I arrived it was a little surprising to see so many cars at the site; dozens, in fact.
The car-park was full so the narrow road was lined with parked cars.
I had a lovely walk along the Ridge Path, passing the mighty broadcasting transmitters.
The prospect here is spectacular, with panoramic views of greater Belfast and its lough.