Last week we got on with a few more jobs outside and also had another look at the chalk stream running through the estate. It is always a pleasure to watch the clear babbling water and we recognise that it is an important habitat for some more unusual creatures including water voles and shrews and eels, trout and bullhead fish. We try to keep the streams in a good condition and free from overgrowth in order to promote such wildlife.
The gardens are still causing a lot of work and mowing is a time consuming business. One of our mowers has gone off for repair work and so we are struggling with limited equipment in a high grass growing season. Heh ho! we have had extra help and are managing to keep everything under control.
Whilst we had thought the asbestos was all sorted the inspectors have informed us that a bit more work needs to be done to gain the all-important asbestos free certificate, so we are expecting more men in space aged suits – watch out Honey and Marmite.
As things develop here at the Hall and for the estate more staff are set to join us. A couple of the rooms have been temporarily turned into offices. It was a bit tricky getting big desks up the servant’s staircase and of course we had to find dry rooms to store the furniture that got moved out. All ornaments and paintings were carefully put in to storage too and this gave the opportunity for a good clean through before the computers, chairs, files and phones were put in place. We look forward to more people becoming part of the existing team.