Thursday, 18 October 2018

GOOD FENCES - Mount Stewart (Part 12)

During the Conversations Weekend 2018 at the National Trust Property of Mount Stewart, these images were photographed in the gardens.
I am linking to GOOD FENCES.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Volunteers from Mount Stewart Invited to a reception at Bangor Castle (Part 2)

If you missed part one of this post CLICK HERE.  I discovered this limited print of Mount Stewart House by Percy French when the volunteers were given a guided tour of Bangor Castle. Below that are very interesting old photographs of 'old' Bangor.  There had been 35 bedrooms during the Ward's time which were now offices and two sets of staircases which we seem to go up and down and after a while I was totally disorientated.  The ceilings were exquisite.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018


We have one Heron that appears to live in Ward Park beside my home.  
He looked a bit grumpy today.
I am linking with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

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Monday, 15 October 2018

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart Volunteers visit to Bangor Castle (Part 1)

The Mayor of Ards and North Down Councillor Richard Smart invited volunteers to a reception at Bangor Castle to thank them for all the work they do for Mount Stewart House and  Gardens and East Down area.  422 volunteer names were put in to a hat and 40 were picked out at random to attend this function and I was fortunate to be one of them. In this first photograph on the left side of the photo is Marje Grant, a house guide and Helen Laird who works in the gift shop.

This is a photograph of all of us taken by the Spectator Newspaper before we were given a guided tour of the castle.  BAngor Castle had belonged to the Ward family who sold it to the council in 1941. Only some of the ground floor room are as it would have been and all of the rooms upstairs are now offices.

 Above is the room where the Major had the reception for us with drinks and canapes after which he gave a very eloquent speech, followed John Kerr,our General Manager who thanked the Mayor for his kindness in acknowledging the work of Mount Stewart volunteers and then Aileen McEwen who is the  Volunteering, Learning and Community Involvement Officer, thanked all the volunteers for all the hard work they had done over many years. Lady Rose who stil ljves with her hisband at Mount stewart also gave a speech,

This room in the Ward’s day was a music room however when the then Bangor Borough Council bought the Bangor Castle in 1941, they used it for their Council meetings and still do today although one can also get married in this room and that is how it is set up in this shot.

This is beautiful dining room.

This room is used for some meetings nowadays.
On Wednesday I will show you the beautiful ceilings in detail etc

I am linking with THROUGH MY LENS.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018


And in the morning, if the sky is dark and red, you say that it will be a rainy day. These are signs of the weather. You see these signs in the sky and know what they mean.

Photographed at my old caravan, Whiterock.
October 2018

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Have a Blessed Sunday

Saturday, 13 October 2018


I photographed these Grey in Ward Park recently.  
Unfortunately we have no red Squirrels in that park.
I am linking with SATURDAY CRITTERS.

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Friday, 12 October 2018


Time to The Weekend Roundup and Weekend Reflections and the letter  is O and Open. While working at The National Trust Property of Mount Stewart during the Conversations event in September this year, I photographed this OPEN gate leading into the formal gardens.  The ONIONS were is the house kitchen which was OPEN to the public to view and the last image is a REFLECTION one with Mute Swans and their cygnets OVER on the far side of the lake. CLICK here If you missed seeing them on a previous post.

If you missed my post about the Mount Stewart kitchen, CLICK here.

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