You could be forgiven for thinking that the winter is a quiet time for us. You might even imagine that we sit around drinking copious amounts of tea while admiring the gardens from indoors - if only, haha!
It’s actually the time when we take stock and get ourselves organised. It’s when we carry out vital maintenance work and plan the next year. The garden team are out there in all weathers planning the planting for the year, repairing paths and fencing, carrying out hard landscaping projects and planting.
Meanwhile, the hall and stableblock buildings get a little tlc as repair work is carried out. Keeping the historic buildings in good condition is a challenge and so the winter allows us to address some of the work that can’t be done when we’re open to the public.
The museum has also had its annual lick of paint and our historians are now working in there, adding new displays and exhibits in time for opening next month.
With just a hint of spring in the air, the countdown begins until we open in March. It’s busy, busy, busy… But sometime before then hopefully there may be the odd moment for us to enjoy the occasional cup of tea and sit back and admire the gardens!!