Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Elegant Evening, Wonderful Wednesday, Part 2

After lunch, the Newcastle group went to Dundrum to visit the ruins of the Dundrum Castle which dates back to 1177. It sits high in town and gives a perfect view of Murlough Bay.
The Keep at Dundrum Castle

Tonda, Donna, Barb and Phil at Dundrum Castle

Murlough Bay from Dundrum Castle

Andrew Forson, manager of Castlewellan Christian Centre,
Barb and Donna at Dundrum Castle
After the bus with the Belfast group returned, there were only a few minutes before we all boarded the bus headed for Burrendale Country Club for dinner. Deirdre had given us a menu yesterday on the bus so our orders were in. It is in Newcastle and quite lovely! The tables were ready and Deirdre assigned our seats (to help the servers with our orders).

The starters (appetizers) were amazing! Mine was Chicken Liver Parfait with a small salad of mixed leaves and grapes accompanied by toasted brioche bread and Burrendale fig and apple chutney. Tonda had Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Kilkeel Prawn Salad, Marie rose sauce , celeriac remoulade, organic leaf salad, buttered Burrendale Guinness bread. There were three other choices just as enticing!

The main courses were also elegantly presented and deliciously prepared. We had sides of seasonal vegetables which included parsnips, carrots, snow peas and a veg that may have been rutabaga. The entrees included chicken supreme with cabbage, turkey with dressing, ribeye steak with carmelized onions, hake fillet with chorizo and Kilkeel prawns and truffle mash...well, you get the idea.

When we couldn't eat another bite, dessert was delivered. Well, maybe we could eat just a wee bit more. Eclair and warm brownie and pavlova with fruit!! Oh Yes!! Many thanks to the Irish part of the team for providing this wonderful time for us. It was superb!!
Some of us...

Some more of us....

And the rest of us....(see end of blog)

More of us....


Menu...Made Especially for CGB!

Back to the castle for a group picture and team meeting. If we get all our work done tomorrow morning, we may get to have a short outing before the guests arrive!
This is a painting of Castlewellan Castle and the lake.
It is about 6 ft wide and 3 ft tall...hangs at Burrendale Hotel
and Country Club
All of the team, men and women's plus love team. On the stairs to the Main Hall

Team with a prayer shawl sent from Connecticut. 
and...if you couldn't find someone in the other dinner pictures,
here's the rest of we are all accounted for!!

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