After a long year we now have a brief chance to catch our breath. Today is the first day since back in February when we let the log fire in the hall go out and get a chance to get the chimneys swept, the hearth repainted and insure all will be ready tomorrow for reopening in and hopefully along with a clean chimney and roaring log fire we can look forward to welcomeing a full house for the Winter Wine Weekend.
When my parents started back in 1974 they opened the doors in June and worked flat out until they closed them again in September, what seems today like a short season I am sure seemed like a lifetime to them as they toiled and struggled to deliver every single day and every hour that guests were around. They then concentrated over the winter improving the house and moving it forward for the next year. Whilst much has changed the continual drive to evolve remains however much has to be done when guests are around and whilst we always want to move forward we have to do it in a sympathetic style to insure that those staying with us are not affected.
So with the house closed for tonight it is a chance to work in some of the public areas getting painting done, and maintenance that cannot be achieved with guests around. Both backa nd fornt of house are busy with the kitchen engineeers in servicing the cookers and the laundry technicians in attendance installing new updates but the main thing is they can work without disturbances and we can relax knowing that disruption has been kept to a minimum.
So bear a thought for the maintence team who whilst the majority of the team are having a well deserved break , they are still hard at work and if all goes to plan the jobs will be complete on time and no one will know aht they have been up too except that the cookers will be hotter, the dryers in the laundry less tempremental and teh fires hotter!