The daffodils are coming out, bringing some welcome colour to the banks around the house after a hard winter. Some I planted in our own garden have been dug up or eaten, I assume, as they have not yet appeared, but there are plenty of others to enjoy.
I always hope the daffodils will be out when the visitors arrive at Easter. The combination of global warming, not perceptible at Eastnor this winter, and the vagaries of the church calendar and its fixing of the date of Easter often means the visitors miss out on the bright colours and have to be content with dead heads and senescent leaves instead An early Easter is often rather cold, so there will be some compensations and distractions when we hold our annual Easter treasure hunt:
Elsewhere in the Grounds, we have opened up the views to the north of the house overlooking the lake, deer park and, in the distance the Malvern Hills The north end of the lake is gradually closing up as the bulrushes advance, but we hope to dredge it in the autumn next year. Two swans paid us a visit this week, but clearly decided we were not good enough and moved on. Perhaps they’ll come again and stay when the dredging is done. JH-B 16th March 2011
After a very busy winter season everyone at the Castle has been working flat out Spring cleaning and ensuring the grounds were in the best possible condition for our first opening to the public of the season.
As I watched the weather forecast leading up to the weekend I was feeling very nervous as the predictions were for a very wet weekend. Everything in the UK seems to revolve around our unpredictable weather and as our first weekend was on the Easter Bank Holiday we were almost guaranteed a bad weekend.
However, Friday morning arrived and we were blessed with the start of a fantastic sunny spell. Due to all our staffs hard work over the last few weeks the castle and grounds looked magnificent. The shop was well stocked, the ice cream parlour gleaming, and even the portcullis office and toilets looked virtually new after their recent re-paint and clean. Our visitor numbers were up by hugely on last year and walking around the grounds there was a wonderful relaxed friendly buzz about the place.
The weather was a great help along with the mountains of chocolate eggs and bunnies given away. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Easter Bunny Hunt and we had thousands of entries to sort through to award a winner of the giant chocolate egg each day.
If this is what the rest of the season will bring I think all our visitors will go away happy and our staff can be extremely proud of Eastnor Castle. DL