Bressingham Steam & Gardens, which is about a mile from Inglewood House, holds a Heritage Steam Gala each Spring in which the resident Traction Engines & Road Rollers and standard & narrow gauge Railway Engines are joined by several visiting engines – one of which, this year, is from the Bala Lake Railway in North Wales.
Named ‘Winifred’, she was built by Hunslet of Leeds in
1885 for the Penrhyn Slate Quarry.
We are delighted to be hosting Winifred’s driver and his
wife and were even more delighted to be able to visit them at the Museum today.
This evening there will be a cavalcade of Traction
Engines into Diss, where the drivers and their ‘crew’ will enjoy a Fish &
Chip supper – I hope the other road users aren’t in too much of a hurry!
HWhat a glorious Easter Sunday has greeted us, this
The temperature is set to be in the mid-20’s C and the
sky is a uniform clear blue.
There is hardly any wind, so all seems ‘calm and peaceful’
with the World.
The Chickens have informed us, in their usual cheery, clucky, way that they have laid tomorrow morning’s eggs, the Cherry trees have burst-forth with their blossom.
The Marsh marigolds around the pond are in full bloom and the Oil Seed Rape in the field at the bottom of the garden suddenly also became bright yellow, overnight, a few days ago in the way that only it can.
This morning’s breakfasts are served and cleared away and
now there is a brief lull before we welcome the extended family for an Easter
Lunch. I wonder whether the Easter Bunny has been yet?
The weather may still be very changeable, and the wind
has been howling for several days, but the local frogs must certainly think it’s
Spring, if the Frog Spawn that we spotted in the Pond this morning, is anything
to go by!
After the very short attempt at ‘Winter’, the sun is shining and it’s feeling very Spring-like. The tall conifer is absolutely covered in little red ‘lady-bird like’ cones and the pigeons are adoring the blossom on the Mirabelle Plum tree.
Looking forward, many of the local attractions have started announcing their ‘Special events’ dates.
The Heritage Steam Gala being held over the early Bank Holiday at Bressingham Steam Gardens has really caught our interest as there will be a multitude of visiting engines (both on the Rails and Traction Engines & Steam Rollers) and Fire Engines, too! As we are only about 5 minutes away, we’ll be able to see the smoke and hear the whistles from the garden – a real appetite whetter!
Among the various other Narrow Gauge Railway days they also hold, there is a Steam Punk Weekend in early July, a Fire Engine Rally on 27th & 28th July and a Rover Car Rally on 26th May. See: www.bressingham.co.uk/events.aspx
Further to this, Snetterton holds Classic & Touring Car Championships throughout the year and a 24 hour Citroen 2CV Endurance Race in August.
As Classic Car owners ourselves, we appreciate the value of ‘off road’ and ‘out of sight’ parking to owners who are travelling to exhibit or participate in local events. We very are pleased to be able to offer this and meet so many interesting people!
Whether you have a Classic Vehicle, an interest in Steam or are just looking for an excuse to visit South Norfolk or Breckland, we look forward to welcoming you to Inglewood House.
Well, it certainly is beginning to feel like it should be Christmas, soon!
The Fieldfares have arrived – always a sure sign that the colder weather is on the way. They have been loving the winter berries and seem to suddenly darken the sky as they fly in great numbers from tree to tree.
The lights are up and twinkling in the nearby Market Town of Diss and also Norwich, our County Town; Carols were being played during the St Nicholas Christmas Fair staged by the various crafters in the Diss Heritage Triangle last weekend and Gillian has been busy making a Wreath for our front door.
The hens are not enjoying the cold wind so much – we have been down to just 2 eggs per day, recently – but Bertie the Black Cat who adopted us just over a year ago, choosing to live in a basket just outside our back door (we’ve tried inviting him in, but he prefers the outside), really appreciates the Pet’s Pad we heat for him each night in the microwave.
We wish a Very Merry Christmas to all our guests and also to those whom we will be welcoming to Inglewood House in the coming year.
Bertie the, once very timid, black feral cat who adopted us last November has, over the intervening months, become very human-tolerating and has taken to following us around the garden with a “what you doin’?” type expression on his face.
He also loves sitting any box he can find,
so it was little surprise to find him guarding the up-turned brassica cage this afternoon!
We were delighted to be invited, once again, to take part in the Bressingham & Fersfield Open Gardens Weekend – Blooming Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield on 2nd & 3rd June.
It was held a little earlier than before this year which, as Spring had been delayed by the ‘Beast from the East’, presented a few challenges but, all in all, we were very happy with how the weekend went. The rain forecast for the Friday afternoon decided to linger, on and off, throughout Saturday but what a change Sunday was! We were basking in temperatures well above the expected average for early June and felt very fortunate to have a Garden House in which to ‘picnic’ in-between welcoming a steady stream of people to the Garden. Huddling in there on the Saturday we began to ask ourselves whether we would really be out there, in that sort of weather, had the Open Gardens not been happening! Nevertheless a fair few hardy souls still came and were determined to enjoy the garden, despite wearing anoraks and holding umbrellas over their heads.
Gillian’s planted Log Wall was much admired as was the Fernery/Stumpery, which has really ‘taken off’ since the last Open Day – the ferns have obviously liked the combination of cold then hot weather interspersed by downpours. Unfortunately, the Lupins rather disliked the heavy rain and some judicious pruning of ‘heavy heads’ had to take place each morning.
The Damsel Flies and Broad Bodied Chasers, of various colours, performed their aerial acrobatics and mating dances over the heads of the Frogs as they cooled themselves in the Pond (but proved impossible to photograph!) and one little girl was absolutely fascinated by her ability to control the height of the fountain the Japanese Garden by how much shadow she cast over its solar panel.
We didn’t win the Best Wheelbarrow competition, but Gillian was justly proud of her ‘Moss Maid’ which she was inspired to create on our recent visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The winner will be announced on the Village’s Website, where there will also be, in due course, some official photos of all the participating Gardens: www.bressinghamandfersfield.org
After a few feeble attempts earlier this winter, the winter finally arrived on Tuesday.
Initially we had about 3 inches of snow, but a further 7 inches arrived today making everything smooth and glistening in the intervals of bright sunshine between the ‘white-outs’.
Fortunately we don’t have any guests due today and, as we didn’t need to go out, we have stayed warm and cosy most of the day only making brief trips out to feed the birds, brush snow from the fruit cage roof and to make sure the chickens are ok.
The leaves seemed to stay on the trees much later this year than previously, although that did give us the wonderful array of Autumnal colours for a longer than is sometimes the case. The October winds brought a great deal down but, as can be seen from this late November photo, many managed to cling on – nicely marking the passing of another year.
A much sadder passing was that of our second adoptive cat ‘Tiggy’. We first saw him, as a feral kitten, in July 2016. He was quickly befriended by Smokie (who had adopted us the previous year) and shown which door to come to for food. By the September he was brave enough to come through the door and very quickly became the loving and interactive cat we adored.
Those of you who have already stayed with us will know how quiet Wilney Green is and how few passing cars there are – unfortunately Tiggy chose just the wrong moment to return from one of his forages in the field opposite and his all-too short life came to an abrupt end. He is buried in the garden that was his home for just under 18 months.
The Fieldfares have arrived for their winter stay and have very much enjoyed the windfall apples that we saved for them. This picture was taken by our local wildlife photographer – her gallery can be viewed on www.dawnmonrose.co.uk.
We wish a Very Happy Christmas to all our guests, both new and returning, and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
In my previous blog I mentioned the purchase of a Fruit Press. As is always the case, time passed and things happened (it’s good to be busy!) so it was only this week that we got around to trying it out.
The wind has been strong recently, so we’ve been able to collect plentiful supplies of windfalls from the various apple trees with which to make a ‘mixed flavour’ juice.
Being new to the game, we made the rookie mistake of not chopping the apples finely enough at first but, once we had learned our lesson, then the juice really started flowing!
From a fairly full tub-trug of apples we produced 4.5 litres of juice. Due to the colour of some of the apples, it is a much darker liquid than you would buy in the Supermarket, but it tastes really nice! I imagine we could also dilute it, like squash?
Having done a little research, we are assured that it freezes really well so, in preparation for the event, we’d been cutting down our old plastic milk bottles to form moulds in which we could put half-litre bags of juice. That was really successful, so now we have nine ‘blocks’ in our freezer.