Most of us got out of bed early on Sunday morning, certainly before eight o'clock.
The kitchen in the cottage is the hub, in a sense.
I had brought twenty sausages, potato and soda farls.
Rosie & Nick supplied more bangers, with fresh farm eggs and bacon.
We used the three gas cookers and cooked the lot.
the offerings were placed in the centre of the table and we all tucked in.
Timothy Belmont was, as ever, amongst the leaders in the race to the food-trough.
Thus the troops were nourished and prepared to troop down to the Heligoland trap for a final push.
We managed to complete about 80% of the trap.
The bird observers might need to finish it off themselves; there's now a good basis for completion.
Thereafter we assembled out tools, placed them in the wheelbarrows, and left for the observatory at the top of the island.
I went for a stroll afterwards with Ron.
The remains of the "new" lighthouse (top), in the courtyard at the back of the observatory, are used as storage for fire-wood.
The original lighthouse was more of a square-shaped tower affair and some of it still exists beside the new lighthouse.
The top half of the lighthouse has been shorn off, so the open roof affords a panoramic view of the island and beyond.
Mew Island, adjacent to Lighthouse Island, also has the lighthouse.
It is named after the common gull or sea mew, Larus canus, which nested there in great abundance during bygone years.
It was not until 1969 that electricity powered the lamp on Mew Island.
The light was converted to automatic operation and the last keeper left the island in 1996.
AT ABOUT FOUR O'CLOCK, we all packed and tidied up, locked up and took our belongings down to the jetty, where MV Mermaid was waiting to convey us back to Donaghadee harbour.
It was a wonderful experience, though I think forty-eight hours was sufficient for myself!
Incidentally, a few of us were bitten by what are thought to have been bracken mites: We have several hives to prove it!
First published in September, 2012.