|Old orchard at back of farmhouse|
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Today we all mustered at Balloo, Killinchy, and motored the short distance, via Rathcunningham Road, to the quay.
This is a cul-de-sac which terminates at Rathcunningham Quay.
From here, Simmy Island and Ringdufferin are adjacent.
About ten of us boarded the little motor-boat from the quay and made the five-minute trip over to Taggart in two runs.
This island has been a property of the National Trust since 1985, when it was donated by Patrick and Kathleen Mackie.
There is a derelict farmstead in the middle of the island, which was used for the film production of The December Bride (by the Ulster author, Sam Hanna Bell).
Taggart is about 85 acres in extent.
Today we were cutting down gorse bushes.
I had my favourite cheese-and-onion sandwiches for lunch.