Oh my goodness we have been taken over by bees – buzzing away and causing quite a stir! If not over taken by bees then maybe it’s the geese that are choosing to dominate. We seem to have hundreds around the lake and even have baby goslings now too. Baby rabbits are also enjoying the park. Of course all this is part of the reason we moved here and we love seeing what the seasons bring in our first year at the Hall.
Less welcome was the blocked drain in the north wing. We tried to rod it but in the end decided we had to call in the builders. We seem to be fighting a never ending battle against the pot holes in the drive. As soon as we fill one in another appears!
We do have idyllic grounds with heavenly walks and nature and wildlife springing from every corner. The ivy is starting to shed its leaves as we cut it back at the roots and we’ve been busy gardening as the weeds grow even faster than the other plants. Flowers are in bloom though and it is a joy to be outside as we have had some lovely weather. In fact, we have had no fires in the house for nearly a week and been able to reduce oil heating to a minimum!
Inside we are looking increasingly homely and in keeping by our constant tweaking; for example we have replaced the war and cowboy books in Mrs Massingberd-Mundy’s room (the Squire’s mother) with more appropriate books that an early 20th Century lady might read! We have discreetly put a picture up over the spy hole in the downstairs loo – this used to be the telephone room and had a tiny window in it so that Mrs Massingberd-Mundy could watch the dancing in the ballroom. You couldn’t really see the other way round but it did make you feel a little uneasy when visiting the lavatory!