Sunday, 29 May 2011

What's on close to us this Bank Holiday

Botanic Gardens plays host to Belfast Sizzle, a new and exciting extravaganza which will pair the best in local culinary excellence with large stage live musical entertainment.
An excellent way to kick-off summer enjoyment, the Sizzle will feature top local chefs who will set the tone with a tantalising array of hot barbecue favourites and cool summer side dishes, accompanied by live musical entertainment.

A Taste of the Peninsula – Mon 30th May
Conway Square, Newtownards 11-4pm
A gourmet food event featuring food from local suppliers and around the world. There will be cookery demos, music and children’s activities.

Journey of the Turtle –Mon 30th May
Lempen Puppet Theatre Company
Castle Espie
12noon &2pm
A beautiful story based on the trilogy of “just so” – style Turtle tales about following your dream, told with shadows, table-top puppets and traditional story-telling. Inspirational for anyone over 5 years old
Free Admission

Time Blooms – 30th May Artists in Residence, Mount Stewart 2-5pm Come along and see the artists at work, they will be on site painting beautiful scenes of Mount Stewart at the peak season when the gardens are blooming Adult £7, Child £3.50, Family (2 Adults&3 Children) £17.50 Members free.
“I asked for Wonder” Sat 4th June-Sun 26th June The Loft Gallery, Portaferry: Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm Exhibition by Ceramicist LyndaB where she has taken a selection of friend’s stories and visually interpreted their words in porcelain. Admission free 028 42729882
Perspective – Sat 4th and 19th June Castle Espie, Comber A Les Jones Exhibition displaying an array of landscapes, seascapes and cityscape art. Admission free 02891 874146
Duckery Tours – Sat 4th June (Saturdays 11th, 18th, 25th & Sundays 5th, 12th, 19th , 26th June also) Castle Espie – 12noon-4pm Adult: (£6.50, Concession £4.95. Child - £3.20 (4-16years) Family: £17.50 (2 Adults & 2 Children) Under 4’s Free
Irish Clubman Championship – Sat 4th June Motorcycle Races , Kirkistown Race Circuit - 9am £10, Children under 12 half price. 02890402656
Car Boot Sale – Sat 4th June Mount Stewart : 9-12noon £5 per car, £10 per van and £15 per trailer. Free admission to car boot sale. Normal admission price for house and gardens: (Adult £7, Child £3.50, Family (2 Adults &3 Children) £17.50. Members Free

Pottery Workshop - Sat 4th June
1200 Centigrade Pottery, Portaferry: 10-12.30pm
Class run by Donald Nelson in his own working pottery studio. Each participant will make and decorate up to 2 pieces of pottery. No experience necessary. Please bring an apron.
£15 (Advance booking and payment required) 028 42728888

Grand Summer Fete – Sat 4th June
Movilla Presbyterian Church: 10-1pm
Interesting games and stalls. Teas and coffees scones with jam&cream.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

I have to apologise, it has been a time since I last did the blog for the cottages. We have had some lovely guests staying with us and we hope they enjoyed their time at Whitethorn. The weather has been particularly good especially for April and so alot of the garden is ahead of itself. This is a photo of the rose outside the first cottage. You couldn't ask for better.

With the good weather has come the chance to barbeque and fantastic walks in our beautiful countryside. We always love to hear the children outside enjoying the facilities. The chickens too are out enjoying their time, sadly the fox got the young rooster. However the hens seem happy and are laying lots of eggs for us.