It's been a buzz-y week!

It's been a buzz-y week!

The Hall interior always looks so much better with the beautiful flower arrangements we do in-house. We buy our flowers locally and have a couple of expert arrangers quite close to hand who expertly display the blooms and foliage.

Outside we are still enjoying flowers in the garden and in the parkland although it’s that time of year again when we start having regular fires to warm the house. The fresh wood takes a bit of encouragement to light but we have plenty of it. Fallen trees and branches provide us with a ready source of fuel which is just as well as the large grates do eat it up. The new staff have been trained to keep the fire in the apartment going and the one in the library makes meetings a pleasure.

Joe cooking up a storm
in the Hall kitchens

Marmite & Honey
enjoying the last of the summer rays

Leanne Winn,
Events Manager

Talking of new staff, we have a third member to introduce to you – Leanne Winn has been taken on as our Events Manager. She is joining Jackie and Joe as part of the Estate team.

After a busy few weeks settling in to life on the Estate, we’ve been getting to know a little more about our Community and Business Manager, Joe. Originally from Spalding, he has worked on various community projects across the county. Joe enjoys cooking and is keen to promote Lincolnshire produce, one of the reasons he lives in Louth. He’s on the hunt for the perfect accompaniment for our pickled walnuts! Lincolnshire Poacher, Stinking Bishop or Cote Hill Blue? Joe’s current dish: Pigeon, Black pudding, apple and Blackcurrants!

Our bee keepers checking on the bees…

…and looking after the hive!

Our lovely friends from Panton came over unexpectedly to check on the bees. They got suited up as did our steward. Our photographer, who happened to be here was quickly located and offered the opportunity to also dress in the protective gear and get some close ups of inside of the hive. He was keen to do this and bravely went with the others to check on the bees. On close inspection, they were pleased to see that the bees had indeed multiplied and were really healthy. The Queen must have been in there but was hidden by all the drones as they couldn’t see her.

The bees are quite delightful in comparison to the awful flies plaguing us in the house at the moment. We are literally sweeping up hundreds and we can’t work out where they are coming from. Also on the more domestic front Honey, our rescue cat, has decided to wander out at night – which is a little puzzling and making us wonder what she is up to!

Our FREE “Starting a business” event

Coral Willcox talks to delegates

We were really pleased that the free Start Up course that we ran on 13th September was such a success and Coral Willcox is currently arranging further training. The nineteen people that attended for the first morning’s training are being invited back before Coral then puts out the dates to the public. In September, we just ran this as a morning workshop and the tutor, Mr John Owens, from NBV, spoke about knowledge and skill, opportunity and risk. We also gave a more personal perspective of the pros and cons of being Self Employed or running your own business. People welcomed the opportunity for asking questions and found the information really helpful. Below are some images of the day. Thank you to Coral and for organising the next set of talks (details will be available on the website soon).