Sunday, July 29, 2007

Back to Normality

Well, almost.

It has been a challenging week. After the drama of the previous week it has been a huge relief to have had a sunny, mostly dry weekend. In particular it has been great to have some visitors again. We opened as normal during the week, but we were fighting a losing battle, really. The surrounding roads were still closed, with many of the staff and volunteers being unable to get to us, let alone visitors. While the catering staff stood around in the empty tea room, the scones untouched, the cakes uneaten, the volunteers roamed the deserted house, switching on lights and moving the furniture in an attempt to remain entertained.

There were a couple of days where everyone went home early, after having no customers at all for hours. Conditions have been generally gloomy.

Thankfully, things seem to be improving. I hardly had to put anything back to how it should be in the house today, which must mean they were nicely busy again.


stitchwort said...

the scones untouched
oh no, it's the left-over mince pies all over again!

Doris said...

Stitchwort - yes, though I can put them to good use, repairing the gouged away parts of the paths!

Despina said...

"While the catering staff stood around in the empty tea room, the scones untouched, the cakes uneaten"

I was wondering, Doris, if you are a fan of Wendy Cope's poetry. There's something about the lovely way you describe things that really triggers a memory of some of her poems!

Reg Pither said...

Good to have both you and the stately pile back again.

Doris said...

Despina - I wasn't but shall certainly check her out now! Thank you for the compliment.

Reg - Thank you!

Reg Pither said...

...but you're not back for long! Come on, Doris, what's happening there?