Reliable as ever, the Yorkshire volunteers have just been for one of their two annual visits. It’s always good to see familiar faces and also to meet a few new ones.
This time we went across to do some work on Derwent Island. The plan was to cut back some rhododendrons to bring them under control. The unplanned work was to try to get into the secret room that our buildings manager and I had found when we were surveying the cellars of the house to make sure that they would be adequately ventilated when a new gas heating system is installed. It had been walled off so long ago that I knew nothing about it and I think I know the island and house pretty well.
The wall is quite substantial in construction but has not been keyed into the side walls of the passage. It isn’t load-bearing in any way so its only use seems to be to block off the room behind it. Whilst the Yorkshire group worked clearing the rhododendrons, I took some time to remove some cobbles from the wall so that I could pop my camera in for some pictures.
As you can see, there’s nothing obvious in the photos to suggest why it was blocked off with such a wall so we are still speculating about it. I’ll let you know if there are further developments.
As usual, the Yorkshire volunteers group did a terrific job so many thanks to them. These are people who are very experienced and highly motivated. They can see what needs doing and just get on with it. It’s also good fun to work with them.
I’ve been on my first full weekend training. It was great but very tiring and I came back with Labrador tail again. It was really sore but the vet made it better.