It always takes some organising to fit in refurbishment and
repairs in-between weddings.This week the Ace team, Hayden, Dan, Sid and Dean
were here to lay a new oak floor in the Watermill. Even when a ‘little extra’
was slipped into the equation, meaning extra pressure and long hours, they
managed to successfully complete the job in time. ‘The little extra” (an
Andyism) was definitely worth doing. Removing some of the masonry and old floor boards,
replacing the flooring at a lower level and then reconstructing the fireplace has improved this interesting area for guests and made the gallery overlooking the waterwheel much more accessible.
This blog is now 2 years
old!- So it seems appropriate to talk about celebratory cakes. We have a number
of recommended cake makers on the service providers list which we hand out to
wedding couples when they book. One of them, Sandra Monger created a brilliant
model/decoration to go on the iced vanilla sponge that I made for my mother
(who has been a keen organist for decades) last week for her 80thbirthday celebrations. The attention to detail was amazing – it was even
possible to read the organ music – but we couldn’t identify the tune....
It’s important for us to have the gardens looking at their
best all year round. This week we used the new sprinkler day and
night to keep the lawns from turning brown. By regularly moving the heavy hose
and sprinklers around this has successfully been achieved. Carrying this out in the
middle of the night was not much fun, but Peter was rewarded yesterday when he
found himself in the company of a badger.
He was able to watch the badger for over 15 minutes before the torch light disturbed the creature foraging in one of the Watermill flower beds, just 5 yards away.
Most weddings stick to a colour theme with the flowers,
favours, name places, bridesmaids’ dresses etc all blending or matching to
create a wonderful visual impact as guests enter the venue. At one wedding this
weekend not only were the flowers, chair sashes and flowers blue but the Tythe
Barn walls were washed in blue light with LED up-lighters (provided by