There has been a flurry of bulb planting this autumn, Vanessa, our gardener, has been busy digging holes for hundreds and hundreds of tulips, we have some pretty special weddings next year and she wants the gardens to be a blaze of colour. Tulips can be a bit fickle though, and she is crossing her fingers that they will flower when she would like , them to flower! We will keep you posted on that one, but no doubt they will flower just when they want to flower, irrespective of important wedding dates to respect.
Glamping is over for another season, the tent linings are about to be returned to Holland, where Featherdown Farms who are the parent company for this enterprise, will clean them and return them to us in the spring. Christine has removed mattresses and bedding and all the camping equipment is taken out of the tents, along with the water heaters for the shower, hot tubs, etc are all removed and stored safely for the winter. The Bothy, our little shop, is emptied and tidied. And Dave chops logs. And more logs and ore logs, there has to be very large pile for 2020 glampers!
Essex Boys and Girls Club who work with voluntary youth club to help young people to release their potential, are still having fun on and around the lake as their outdoor activities carry on throughout the year. Bit chilly for raft building….but who am I to criticise! I don’t have to do it….I hope!
The cleaners, Melissa and Marianne, are busy throughout the winter. Rooms have to be cleaned for weddings, parties, meetings and school groups. We still have hundreds of children on school trips, they actually don’t make much mess, but enough to make cleaning a necessity. During the winter they like to give the place a bit of a deep clean. Watch this space to find out about our new for 2020, tours. We will be including a Housekeeper’s Tour for those who are inquisitive to see how Melissa and Marianne keep such an enormous building clean and ready for whatever event is happening. We will also be having garden tours next summer with Vanessa and Farm Tours with Dave, who we hope will have stopped chopping logs by then!