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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Views around the grounds - 24/10/2012

After the successful Food and Craft Festival here at Wallington, last weekend. I was expecting to help clear up in the Courtyard. The double marquee had gone and the only things left on the grass were the wooden boards for the tents. All of the catering units were gone and all you could see were the marks on the grass, where they had been sited.

The contrast in the weather could not have been more different. The weekend was fine, sunny and warm which brought over 20000 visitors to the Festival. Today was grey cloudy and damp. A few visitors had braved the wet weather to visit the House and Walled Garden.

East Lawn was my project for the day. The trees are shedding their leaves very quickly now and I was instructed how to use a petrol leaf blower to tackle the large area covered by the fallen leaves. It certainly is a lot quicker than a rake! I managed to clear a large area and collect and dump the leaves in amongst the trees. One thing is certain? It will be covered again tomorrow!!!!!

I took the following photographs before I started work this morning:

The leaves on East Lawn.
East Wood.
Garden Pond.
Garden Pond.
Garden Pond.
Garden  Pond.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Views around the grounds and Walled Garden - 19/10/2012.

The day before the popular Food and Craft Festival was to be very busy for the staff and volunteers at Wallington. Two large marquees cover a large section of the grass in the Courtyard, and throughout the day there was a steady stream of vehicles fetching generators and mobile catering units.

Visitors will be able to sample such delights as divine burgers, hog roasts and fish and chips. As usual there were some last minute jobs to be carried out: setting up the overflow car park, putting up tents, general tidying up of the property and for us, the volunteers present today - raking up the newly fallen leaves.

The weather forecast for today was correct. Fog and mist early morning clearing away with sun early afternoon with a temperature of around 12 degrees C. Our work hopefully will ensure Wallington is at its best, at this time of year though all of the leaves collected in one day could be replaced by others if the wind gets up!

My next visit to Wallington be be on Sunday as a visitor to the festival. Good weather is forecast, this hopefully will ensure a record attendance for the National Trust property.

I took the following photographs before I started work this morning:

Marquees on the Courtyard grass.
House entrance.
House from East Lawn.
View of the newly laid paths in East Wood.
Looking up to the Portico.
Autumn's colours beside Garden Pond.
After the damp start to the day in the Walled Garden.
Potting Shed door.
In the Blue and Yellow border of the Walled Garden.
Upper Terrace beside the Peach Houses.
View across the Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Views around the grounds and Walled Garden - 10/10/2012

Clock Tower across the Courtyard.
Garden Pond.
Garden Pond.
Lower Terrace.
Lower Terrace.
Frost on the ground.
Hard frost.
Hard frost.