Child minder was on holiday today, so looking after Florence (just 2), and took her to Hughenden Manor for a walk around their lovely walled garden, and for a picnic.
When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see they have completely redone their car park – the old one wasn’t so bad except it was cramped and worst of all there were lots of people walking around – the new one is much better, only down side it is a bit more of a walk away, down a bit of a hill, but it was a nicely made path through the woods, so I wasn’t complaining.
My visit reminds me that I bought some timber from their woodlands a few years ago – some lovely beech – I need to see how it is going – it was a bit on the hard side compared with other beech (english and US) that I have used, but hopefully I’ll be able to do something with it – turned components is the idea I think.
I got it as logs, and split it up manually using wedges, using the traditional methods that I tend to use for most things, hand made means hand made more or less with me. Must dig those photos out too, they are on a different computer.
The National Trust’s website about Hughenden Manor is: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden/