Have been there before, but the beauty of visiting these properties is there is always something different and new to discover, so well worth going back to.
|This room had paintings stored as the room they usually hang in was having the carpet and other items repaired, but I'll show you the pictures of that later in this post|
|I loved this courtyard, which went to the kitchens|
|The kitchen was interesting as it was set out as though still being used. It really gives an insight to how life was back in the day.|
|These copper sinks were in a side room. The usual two taps, and the third was from water collected in the garden|
|These sinks were for preparing meats|
|and this sink for vegetables...Yes, it is a LEAD sink!!!! Not such a good idea!|
|I wasn't expecting to see so much scaffolding but it was needed to protect the ceiling and added a walkway for visitors to view the work being done on the carpet|
|Can you see the walkway on the left of this picture, it made a really good viewing platform.|
|The work looked so precise and backbreaking|
Not so many years ago, a lot of National Trust properties would close during the Winter months. That's when some of the major works/conservation would be carried out. But nowadays, properties try to remain open as much as they can, hence visitors now get to see conservation-in-progress.
I really enjoy seeing this side of the Trust, it's nice to know how things are preserved and learn more about them. Another factor to the properties remaining open is central heating. Not that they want properties to be too warm, that would damage precious artefacts, so temperatures are monitored carefully, but it does ensure that volunteers will still help. Nobody wants to stand around in the cold all day for their volunteering efforts.
One volunteer I spoke to at Saltram told me she wouldn't be helping if it weren't for some heating, so there you have it, there has to be some compromise between them staying open in the Winter and preserving the property.
~ Hope you enjoyed this post ~