Monday, 26 September 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart Conversations Weekend

As most of you know who follow my blog, I was working at the “Converstations” event that was held at Mount Stewart the weekend of 17/18 September.  All workers had to be signed in by 8.30 am and on my first day I had my briefing in the Marquee at 9.00 am. The Marquee was one of the areas where the guest speakers gave their talks. CLICK HERE to see that area.

This is the front of Mount Stewart House were all 
were busily starting setting up for the day.

There were over 100 volunteers working over the weekend and this is the Stretch Tent where there was a bar and entertainment.  You can see here where other volunteer were being briefed.  

These were a few of the volunteers waiting for their briefing.

The main Entrance Hall of Mount Stewart House was a beautiful setting for where other speakers gave their talks.

This was the Garden Shed area where over the 2 days different artist performed for the public. These are 2 of the artists setting up.  
They played very alternative music.

This was the Yurt and I decided to have a lay down and relax!!

(for all of 1 minutes!!)

While I was waiting for my briefing, Shirley came along to erect the flags along this path and you will see her doing so on the video below.

CLICK HERE if the video does not appear.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photographs, tomorrow I will show you a few birds and Wednesday I photographed some of the artists.

I am linking this post with THROUGH MY LENS.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

SUNDAY THOUGHT - Mount Stewart Conversations Weekend

I (the Lord) will live among you in my sacred Tent,
and I will never turn away from you.

Leviticus 26:11

This is the tent/ marquee where some of the speakers were presenting their talks during the “Conversations” weekend at Mount Stewart.

September 2016

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

SATURDAY CRITTERS -Birds at Oxford Island

These are a few more shots I took when we visited Oxford Island on the way to The Argory.  There is a Blackbird sunning himself, a Coot although you can hardly see him but I liked this shot of part of Lough Neagh and thought you  might also and finally Mallard ducks.  I am linking this post with SATURDAY CRITTERS.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

FRIDAY'S HUNT and WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - The Argory (Part 8 ) and Mount Stewart

This week’s word prompts are the letter M, Favourite and Work and I am joining Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections to this post. Today I cover 2 National Trust Properties, the first images taken at The Argory in the East Hall and at the end of this post, me as I start in my new tee shirt to WORK during the whole weekend at Mount Stewart at a big event called ‘Conversations’.

This room lead off the West Hall and was not very big however there were plenty of MIRRORS with lots of REFLECTIONS as Edith Stafford, our guide gave us a wonderful insight into the history of the families who lived in this home.  Once again,, I leave you to pick a FAVOURITE..

This beautiful blue and white plaster freeze illustrates

‘The Combat of the Amazons’  

This is the view as we look back through the 
archway into the West Hall entrance.

This is a little room like a conservatory off the East Hall where the family came and sat in.

The National Property at Mount Stewart, Newtownards had a MASSIVE and MEMORABLE event over the whole weekend called Conversations where they had a fantastic series of very eminent speakers and performers taking part.  There were over 100 volunteers and all the staff that helped make this event so successful.  We all were asked to wear this tee shirt, with a smile, and a great attitude, we all were ‘Happy To Help’.

These shots above were taken at 8.00 am on MY way into WORK on the second day.  That day I was in the ‘Green Room’ where all the speakers and artists congregated and we looked after them, serving them with refreshments and seeing that they got to the place they were to speak or perform on time.  The first day, I was on a path outside the Coach House and as all visitors, speakers and artists passed on their way into Mount Stewart, my job was to welcome them and direct them to where they had to go.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit more from The Argory.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

GOOD FENCES - The Argory (Part 7)

Although I am not finished showing you all the interior of The Argory, we are stepping outside into the grounds to show you some walls to fit into Tex’s meme – GOOD FENCES. Ryan was our guide on this occasion as he showed some staff and volunteers from Mount Stewart round the grounds,

Let me explain this shot.  I am standing in the middle of dome shaped trained Yew trees and pointing my camera straight up to where I can see the sky at the top.

This was a very interesting tree that Ryan showed us and in a later post I will show you close ups of the trunk.

There are 3 gate lodges, two of which are lived in at present.

I am not sure what this was used for.  Any ideas?

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the grounds.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Argory (Part 6)

These are a few items I photographed as I walked round the National Trust property, The Argory in County Tyrone.

Above is a weighing machine that Captain Shelton bought in 1867 and when he hosted guests he would measure their height and weighed them when they arrived.  Just before they left his home he would weigh them again and hopefully they would weigh heavier as this was, in his opinion a sign of being a very good and generous host!  

I thought this was very pretty and I think it was bought during some of the family’s travels. 

 Captain Shelton had a very distinguished military career and if you wish to know a little more about the history of the family and house, I published a post earlier so CLICK HERE to see it.  This was a canon ball brought back by him.

This was Captain Shelton’s wheelchair and the photograph below showed him sitting in it.  

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