Yep, it's the same here as it is all over UK today. One of the things I haven't been doing is mowing the lawn. I'm in DIY mode, so hope it lasts until I finish the job in hand (the mode I mean - not the snow). We are expecting (hoping) that two special guests will be coming to stay over the Easter weekend so I've been (am) decorating the spare bedroom. The first job was clearing the stuff out and vaccying up the revelation of dust accumulation from behind two heavy wardrobes. There's a fire grate on the east wall, long boarded up to conserve the minuscule bit of heat from the central heating radiator. We took the boarding away:-
The black leaded grate hasn't seen the light of day for a few years. Isn't it fascinating when you find things like this, still intact. It had been bricked up just above the hearth, to stop the logs burning away too quickly.
View when I aimed my camera up the chimney. Every spring the rooks used to build or attempt to build their nests at the top of the chimneys. We had to cover them over with wire mesh to try to stop them. They don't any more - the barn conversions next door saw them off two or three years ago. Those twigs look as if they've been there a while. We counted and calculated another eight fire grates (all boarded up) in various rooms around the house. Imagine what it was like for the farm labourers sawing all that firewood by hand and the maids having to black lead and clean out all those grates to keep the fires glowing.
Among the treasures we found, were a pile of old black and white photographs. We believe this one was the wedding day of our old neighbour who lived here, taken outside our house four generations ago.
Wonder who'll be here after we've gone. Hope it doesn't all fall to pieces.