Taking photos and cleaning windows

Taking photos and cleaning windows

The Photographic Workshop took place on Saturday and Damian Furlong, our Estate Photographer, thought that the group produced some excellent photographs. Everyone in the group enjoyed the workshop, and it was hard not to, with it being a lovely, warm day that allowed for the opportunity of capturing some stunning pictures.



Photography Course gets underway…


Jacqui practicing her newly learnt
skills to capture the right image


The photography enthusiasts making the
most of the beautiful surroundings


The photography enthusiasts came in with varying degrees of ability, but the workshop managed to offer something for everyone, as they all agreed that by the end of the workshop they had taken their skills to the next level.

The morning started in an informal manner, with coffee and biscuits, before Damian introduced the group to the technical aspects of their respective cameras and the best practices in how to use them. High on the list of requests by the budding photographers was learning more about camera settings and controls and Damian was more than happy to demonstrate how to get the most out of their cameras to produce the best pictures possible.

The group then went out into the beautiful parkland to test out their new-found knowledge. They were given several tasks to keep them focused and even received further education in the art of portraiture, still life and landscape photography.

Whilst the other members of the group had more sophisticated digital cameras that didn’t stop event’s organiser, Leanne Winn, having a dabble with her own Canon Bridge camera to produce some fantastic pictures.

Below we can see some of the photographs taken by the participants.



The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...

The best of the photos taken during the course...



At the end of the workshop, the group got together and shared their artwork before choosing favourites. With the group enjoying the picturesque surroundings, warm weather and even learning a thing or two, they left feeling like they had gained a lot from the workshop and even asked when the next one would be!



Our hens decided to hide their
eggs in the warm sunshine


Caron hunting for bargains amongst
the antiques at Hemswell


Craig, our Estate Steward, had been puzzled recently by the lack of eggs he was getting from our walled gardens hens. His mind was put at ease when he stumbled upon a little nest outside the laying area. It appears the hens, like our photography enthusiasts, prefer the outdoors during the warmer weather too.

Robert Miller, director of Hemswell Antiques, showed Caron around the centre again last week. The pair tried to keep an eye open for nice pieces of furniture for the Rectory. The Rectory was built in 1849 and Robert assists us in finding appropriately aged furniture that would be in keeping with the House. We are still hoping this will become a popular Bed and Breakfast establishment run by a new business venture (someone who has experience and knowledge in this department).  We hope to offer affordable rooms in an authentic setting. It’s bound to be popular as the views at the back are stunning.

So far, the purchases include nice dressers for the bedrooms, a chandelier for the top of the stairs, and numerous “pot cupboards” as Robert calls them. As well as bedside cabinets, a huge table for the breakfast rooms, a fire surround, tables and chairs for a possible training room and finally a marble-topped table for the reception porch.



Cleaning the windows, inside…


…and out!


The windows of the hall have an extra sparkle now that they’ve all been cleaned. It took the window cleaners all day to get to all the windows and they even needed special long brushes, hose pipes as well as long ladders to complete the mammoth job. It is going to take Jacqui, our Housekeeper, about a month to go around the inside windows and make them gleam as much. If you’re in the area and driving by we hope you don’t get dazzled too much by the sparkle!