The mild spell continues and this afternoon we headed down to Portstewart to see the craic. Today, the last Sunday in September, was a Big Day in times gone bye. Known as Chaghera Sunday, it signalled the end of the annual harvest and presumably that meant a rare day off for the labourers, and to Portstewart they would head. The name apparently comes from a mix of Cookstown and Maghera, two county towns a good bit inland from here. These days it means everyone drives their car along The Prom, takes the air, gets an ice-cream and generally has a good gawk at everyone else, as is the local custom. One lap of The Prom and that was enough for us - too busy. But Matilda enjoyed it, entering The Hound for the Dog Show (didn't win - are the judges blind??) and getting an ice-cream, so all is good.
So for your entertainment here is a print I made of some stones and some wood.
|Rock Castle Salmon House, c1600|
Anyway, this particular cottage-thing lies just in front of Low Rock Castle - famous as the birthplace of Field Marshall Sir George White VC, himself of the Siege of Ladysmith fame. That house was tumbled only recently and has since been converted into a gated community of expensive town houses and apartments. Gated community? In Portstewart? At least the Salmon Cottage remains, although all boarded up as you can see.