A Week on the Estate: Sir Drayner Framed, Calves Weaned & Bicycles Raced
Winter drew closer on the estate this week. The clocks changed and we swapped heavy rain for frosty blue mornings. The biomass boiler is working well and the cattle are about to move into Keal Yard so we’re well set for falling temperatures.
After days of heavy rain, the Alford Wheelers had a beautiful, blue-sky day for their cyclo-cross event on the estate on Sunday. The course was muddy but stood up well considering the preceding week’s rainfall, and a fine day of racing was had by all.
A painting of Sir Drayner Massingberd became detached from its frame, but P&M Framing of Swaby did a fine job of putting the grand old man back in his rightful place. Sir Drayner Massingberd bought what would become the South Ormsby Estate in 1638 and commissioned the first hall in 1640. He went on to fight as a Parliamentarian in the English Civil War and prospered under both Cromwell’s Commonwealth and the Restoration of Charles II. Intriguingly, of the three known portraits of Sir Drayner, two show him with brown eyes and one with blue.