I paid a visit to the National Trust's Minnowburn this afternoon.
This has to be one of the most captivating woodlands and meadows in the city of Belfast.
|Porch at warden's office|
I motored up, firstly, to the warden's office and allotments which, I'm glad to say, flourish.
I encountered Flamin' Norah: She's hot!
Tomasz's patch thrives, with abundant strawberry plants.
|Noble strawberry leaves|
Thence I drove along the narrow, winding road (full of potholes, Roads Agency) to the main car-park.
The sun was shining so I made a beeline for Piccolo Mondo, which serves fresh pizza, coffee, and other beverages.
They told me that their restored Citroën van is forty-one years old, almost as old as self (!).
Inside, it has a genuine wood-burning pizza oven.
I was very tempted to have a slice of pizza (slices cost about £2), though settled for a cup of their jolly fine coffee instead.
There's an admirable prospect of Malone House from Minnowburn's Rose Garden at the top of the hill.