Wednesday, 17 February 2016
The National Trust owns a fair bit of coastline between Ballyholme Bay, Bangor, and Portavo, just beyond Orlock Point, County Down.
This townland is called Balloo Lower.
To our south is Portavo Reservoir; whereas the town of Bangor is to the west; and the Copeland Islands to the east.
Today eleven of us drove to a field close to the old coastguard lookout at Orlock, a tight-knit community comprising about forty homes, I gather.
We endeavoured to light a bonfire in order to burn old branches and grass cuttings.
It seemed to take two hours to light the fire because everything was saturated.
Nevertheless, our persistence eventually paid off.
Will was cutting the lower branches from a kind of conifer tree at the entrance to Orlock.
Fodder today for self consisted of salmon sandwiches and a beaker of coffee.