Visitors to Museum of Royal Worcester on Severn Street can now not only see six of my etchings of jugs on permanent display but also my portrait of BBC Antiques Road Show presenter and former curator of the museum Henry Sandon MBE which was unveiled last August. In a few weeks time the local church of St Martin's on the London Road will unveil a new etched glass window I designed depicting St Martin on a horse stopping to help a beggar.This window will allow people walking past to see right into the church. Our guests often visit Worcester cathedral and are surprised to bump into me in the cathedral - I work part time in education welcoming school visitors, and it is always a pleasure to point them in the direction of King John's tomb or the Cloister cafe (where my daughter also sometimes works).
The snowdrops at Four Seasons are always a sight to behold and the first daffodils are just coming up at the front. Aconites, self sowing primroses and hellebore are also out. As the evenings get lighter I was walking around the garden at dusk the other day and the sound of birdsong was really delightful. Last Tuesday was a gorgeous almost spring day - a real blue sky day- and I was able to hang out the washing for the first time this year firm in the knowledge that it would be verynearlyalmost dry by the end of the day. The guests over from Canada (who wrote in our guest book: "Most enjoyable stay. Well equipped and lovely grounds. Thank you.") had left a Canada feet deep in snow so were delighted that the UK weather was mild and sunny. Some days were chilly though so a real mixed bag depending on which way the wind was blowing. I have put up a bird feeder near the guests' entry so hopefully some small feathered visitors will find it and take advantage of this hospitality.
When we moved here 17 years ago there was an old orchard of Bramley and Cox's Orange Pippin apple trees down at the bottom of the garden. A few years ago we added a couple of plum trees and last year we added an apricot tree (which is currently in blossom). Over the last few weeks we have not only added some more fruit trees but also planted some in the front garden. Neighbours along the lane have old apple trees in their front garden so historically the area was once an orchard so we have returned it to how it once was. We now have cherry, pear and more varieties of plum trees at the front. I am just waiting to add a damson tree to arrive then our fruit tree collection will be complete. I have also planted gooseberry, raspberry and blackcurrant bushes to our vegetable plot in order to keep the rhubarb company. Paul & I look forward to nurturing these new fruit trees and sharing some of the produce with our guests in the future.
I see from our guest book that since 2012 we have welcomed guests from the USA, Malaysia, Ireland, Cyprus, Korea, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Cayman Islands, India, the West Indies,Holland, Canada, Germany, Singapore, the Channel Islands, Slovakia, Japan, Malta, Portugal and Iceland which is a fantastic international mix. In addition to this we have had visitors from all over Great Britain. A small number of guests have visited twice and one set of visitors have stayed with us three times so we must be doing something right! It is a pleasure to welcome new guests and they come to stay for so many reasons often family and friends related. In another next blog entry I will post some of their comments written in our visitors' book. It is good to know that our presence on Visit Worcestershire, Owners' Direct and Holiday Lettings works and reaches people all over the globe.