Busy Bloomsbury weekend for me this weekend –
Monks House Saturday 23rd June 2017
Such a great afternoon at Monks House National Trust house.
158 amazing visitors all very keen and knowledgeable including one lady who wrote her these on Virginia Woolf 30 years ago in Italy for whom it was a very spiritual experience.
We were initially short of volunteers but managed to man all the rooms and have tea breaks and two new volunteers did sterling work.
I manned the Kitchen and demonstrated the Fermafix piece of Hogarth press equipment to a few visitors.
Then I was in Virginia Woolfs bedroom until closing time.
Just before we closed a very emotional lady came who had written a thesis on Virginia Woolf from Italy 30 years ago. She was very emotional and I gudided her round the garden when the house closed to points of interest.
Larry Yates gave his usual wonderful readings by the writers lodge. Today he did a passage from Mrs Dalaway which was set in June 1923.
The grapes are coming on well in the conservatory along with the bougainvillea .
There was a visit from Little Compton theatre club who are putting on Freshwater, Virginia Woolfs only play, open air in the grounds on 12th August 2017. Definitely something to watch out for.
All in all an experience to remember.
Charleston Farmhouse (JMK Room) Sunday 24th June 17.
Part 2 of my Bloomsbury weekend turned out equally amazing
I was the Steward in John Maynard Keynes room which meant I have now completed the whole set of rooms in this amazing house.
I also had to photograph the stewards for the house web site.
The house visitor bookings were full for the day so it was a very busy time but I did manage to get some time in the garden.
The view from the room to the pond was stunning
I managed a quick peek into the kitchen while I left my camera there during my room shift – beautiful
All today’s visitors were amazingly interested and attentive both if they know the background to the house or not. It was a thoroughly amazing day