After we finished at Cullintraw this morning, we all returned to the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road to warm up and indulge in some mulled wine, mince pies and other tasty snacks. We had certainly worked up a healthy appetite so the food wasn’t going to last long.
The school was originally built to educate the children of the families who were employed on the Mount Stewart Estate. Today, it is the office and workshop for the team of National Trust Wardens who look after Strangford Lough and much of the surrounding countryside.
There were over 20 of us, and it was a great way to relax and socialize at the end of what has been a very busy season. It isn’t all about hard, physical graft – our volunteer group is very good at relaxing and chatting too.
Special mention has to go to Phil’s home-made Game Pie. It was delicious. Hopefully we will find plenty of reasons to repeat social occasions like this in the future. We have many exciting projects lined up to help us burn off the calories.