Conservation and a bit of a buzz!
The stable yard clock was removed this week so it could be taken away to be repaired. The painters helped by using the huge cherry picker so they could reach the clock to take it down. The painters are going to be with us for quite a while as they are painting all the exterior woodwork to the Hall.
Ketsby Saw Mill has made a wonderful job of the new fence at the side of the Old School House, and the new fencing now matches the frontage.
This week, we have been concerned to see large numbers of bees outside the Hall. They began to swarm and eventually gathered on the roof. Jake Fincham was called in to deal with the bees and both he and Craig Cuppleditch, our Estate Steward, got suited up to tackle the issue. The bees were encouraged into a box (they follow the queen) and Jake then took them away to a good home. A warning had to be put out to avoid the two gentlemen coming down the servants’ staircase with a box of bees as they brought them down from the roof and took them out to the van!