Photography, Curing and Tours

Photography, Curing and Tours

Damian Furlong, our Estate Photographer, was out early on Saturday morning taking photographs of Paul Barnes, our Estate Manager, and his family.  Paul’s wife, Jo, his son Hugh, who is four-years-old and his daughter Verity, who is two-years-old, agreed to model for a family photo shoot as we are hoping to offer family photography within the Parklands in the near future. The Parklands is a lovely setting and Damian got some great images. Whilst most of the family members complied with Damian’s suggestions, Verity declared that she was a little too busy for modelling. Eventually, the adorable two-year-old did consent to some shots so long as she was accompanied by Pinkie the rabbit!

Paul, our Estate Manager,
with his family

Verity, Paul’s daughter, didn’t
always want her photo taken

We have now completed all the work on 1 Bluestone Heath Road and it is ready for a new tenant. It has been completely refurbished with new bathroom, carpet, paintwork and with three bedrooms will make a lovely home for a family or a couple. The winning factor really is its location. It has lovely views and is only a blue-stone’s throw from the Massingberd Arms and Gordon’s Garage. For more information, click or tap here

1 Bluestone Heath Road has
been completely refurbished

The house has lovely
views across the village

It was great to see Chris Brooks at the Hall again last week and as always he got his teeth into the landscaping and clearing role. Grass cutting and ivy trimming were on his agenda along with pruning and sawing in Lime Tree Walk. He also managed to burn a lot of rubbish for us as well. Chris was intrigued to learn more about the Lincoln Red herd and is back with us again later in the year when Craig, our Hall Steward, takes a well-earned break.

Joe Blissett, our Community and Business Manager, had taken some of our beef to be cured. There were three different types of curing – an English curing with rosemary, Spanish curing and a pastrami. This week, the beef was ready and it was time to try it.  Staff were invited to taste the 3 varieties and the general consensus was that the pastrami style was the best. Joe will be responsible for marketing the prime quality meat in the spring. Watch this space!

Chris Brooks gets to
work on tackling the ivy

The beef that had been
cured for us to try

Coral Willcox, our Business Development Manager, hosted a Rural Lincolnshire Enterprise Hub event in the New Room. Their focus is getting local businesses to collaborate and work together and to share good practice and to look towards investing in basic skills and forming better connections. They were given a talk about what we are trying to achieve on the Estate and following their meeting everyone opted for a house tour.

The visitors from the Entrepreneur
event get a tour of the Hall

Caron sharing the history
of the Hall with the guests

This was not the only House Tour last week. We had some of our Friends of South Ormsby Estate come round for a tour. People are always interested to see how we are tackling the restoration and see a lived-in home which looks the same now as it did when the Squire lived here. Indeed we have had a few visitors that were guests during the Squire’s time and they have confirmed it is just as they remember it.

Jacqui, our Housekeeper at the Hall, has described to us how the shooting parties were entertained in the dining room and we share this with the visitors. People always enjoy seeing the things that are still in the drawers and we can often surprise them with artefacts that they would not expect to.

The next tour, exclusively for Friends of South Ormsby Estate, takes place on 13th October.

There is still time to book for the next tour. If you’re not yet registered as a friend visit, then email to book yourself on to our next tour on 13th October.