Monthly Archives: August 2014

Volunteers’ Pimms Party

We were very excited yesterday to host a Pimms party for all our wonderful volunteers at Court Lodge Estate. We are privileged to have more than 20 volunteers on our books who help us out with anything from gardening to archiving all our old documents. The party was our chance to say thank you, and to pass on all our news about what’s been happening at Court Lodge over the past few months.

Waiting for me to say a few words - while Damian upstaged me!

Waiting for me to say a few words – while Damian upstaged me!

We had every intention of taking lots of photos during the party, but unfortunately, the only person who took any photos was our six-year-old son, Damian. He was up on his dad’s shoulders when he took this one, which is out of focus, but most of the photos were taken from the perspective of a 6 year old:

Glenys, John and Polly, part of our archiving contingent

Glenys, John and Polly, part of our archiving contingent

He also made sure to take a lovely photo of his favourite person at the party: Baby Adam Bicimli

Damian's favourite guest at the party - Adam

Damian’s favourite guest at the party – Adam

He did, however, take lots of photos of the food:

Damian's best photos were of the food!

Damian’s best photos were of the food!

Canapes

Canapés

…and the flowers and produce that Mum laid out for the volunteers to help themselves to:

Some flowers and produce for the volunteers

Some flowers and produce for the volunteers

You can see a sneak preview of the new library curtains in some of these photos. The pelmets aren’t up yet, but the curtains are looking sumptuous and luxurious, as we hoped they would. When the pelmets are ready I will put some more photos of them up.

We also had some polo shirts to give to the volunteers with the Court Lodge Estate logo on them, and ‘Volunteer’ across the back!

Most importantly, everyone had a great time, and a chance to look around and enjoy the garden, and it gave us a chance to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our wonderful volunteers. Without you we wouldn’t be making anywhere near as much progress as we are.

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More restoration at Court Lodge

There are lots of improvements being made at Court Lodge at the moment. We have had two old cast iron radiators reconditioned by The Old Radiator Company in Tenterden to go back in the library. They have been sprayed in ‘old gold’, which will go really well with the new curtains which are also almost ready to go up. As well as looking gorgeous, these beauties should pump out the heat and keep us nice and cosy in winter.

Reconditioned old cast iron radiators finished in 'old gold'.

Reconditioned old cast iron radiators finished in ‘old gold’.

You can see the 1980s radiator in the background which we were thinking of taking out, but Mum had the great idea of painting them the same colour as the walls – Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue – so that they fade into the background. That way we get to keep the heat but won’t notice them quite so much.

When we took down the old curtains in the library we had them remade into curtains for one of our holiday lets, the Dairy. The old curtains were made from a lovely creamy golden silk, and today I put them up in their new home. There are floor length curtains for the living room window, and a door curtain for the living room as well. There are also two roman blinds for one of the bedrooms that Ian will put up tomorrow. Here is a picture of the door curtain.

New curtains made from the old silk curtains that used to be in the library

New curtains made from the old silk curtains that used to be in the library

I think the new/old curtains and radiators both look fabulous. I can’t wait to see the new/new curtains in place in the library. Hopefully it won’t be too long, and as soon as they’re up I’ll post some pictures.