I can’t remember who coined the phrase “unseasonable weather for the time of year” – but it certainly has been!
As we bade our final guests of the year farewell, David & I noticed that the first daffodil shoots are already nosing out of the ground. Fortunately the extreme weather experienced by some other parts of the Country has not reached Norfolk, but the daytime (and night-time) temperatures have been well above average. Nevertheless, the male pheasants are now in their full breeding plumage and are often to be seen strutting their stuff to the ladies just outside the dining room window.
We spent some time, just before Christmas, decorating and preparing our Purple Bedroom for B&B use. Unlike the Cream Bedroom, it is not en-suite but does have sole us of the private bathroom, just across the landing. This means that we can now offer accommodation to two couples who may be travelling together or perhaps attending a Wedding at one of the many local venues that are now licensed for Marriages.
Bressingham Hall, which is less than a mile away and already well known to Steam Railway and Garden enthusiasts no doubt, has recently been refurbished and extended having been granted a licence and permission to be a wedding/conference venue.
When Wyevale took over Bressingham Garden Centre, the nursery beds and poly-tunnels that were no longer needed, fell into a state of disuse. Now a group of volunteers from the Steam Museum have set about returning it to nature and, already, Red Kites have been reported nesting.
How exciting to think that they may be looking forward to 2016 as much as we are!
Happy New Year to all our guests past and future.