Thursday, July 7, 2011


Mount Stewart is an 18th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. It is situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey. It was the home of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewarts, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life. The red dot shows the approximate location.

Bottoms up!

Flutterby, er, butterfly

Buzzing.  See the bee?

Duck Bridge

Spanish Garden

The caption read “Mount Stewart Lake and Bridge”, but that’s an interesting ‘bridge’.

Stewart House


A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.'
The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.'

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute.'


  1. Someone loves their garden. It shows. Beautiful!

  2. Alison, a whole bunch of local volunteers do! I met a man who has been volunteering with the game keeper for decades. If I lived closer, I'd definitely get an annual National Trust pass to visit any time I wanted, and I'd love to volunteer there, too. There are signs in many places encouraging volunteers to join.

    The National Trust does an amazing job keeping these period properties and gardens in exquisite shape! I love that organization!