A Week on the Estate: Memories, Carols & Brussels Sprouts
With Christmas nearly upon us, it’s a time of celebration at South Ormsby Estate. A fine time was had by all at the tenants’ party, held in the New Room with rousing, a-capella entertainment provided by Louth’s Zero Degrees Chorus.
The hard work required to manage the estate doesn’t stop. At Harden’s Gap, a ditch was maintained with a digger to ensure effective field drainage. In the Walled Garden, Brynn and helper Leah braved the cold and gloomy weather to keep everything spick and span.
Brynn’s job-list included pulling nettles and roots out of a small, enclosed section so that it can be made into a useful herb garden. Despite the solstice, the garden is still just about yielding produce – while spent fruit and vegetables are being cleared, the Brussels sprout crop will be harvested just in time for Christmas.
Brynn also helps to fuel the biomass boiler, keeps the drains clear of dead leaves, feeds and cares for the chickens, and collects their eggs. One big cockerel does not appreciate Brynn’s efforts – pecking at his feet and running at him when he gets within range.