Fursdon House, Garden and Tea Room near Exeter will be open on Easter Monday from 2-5pm.
The countdown is on to prepare the House, the Garden and the Tea Room for the coming season.
There is intense activity in the attics, finding the best Fursdon costumes and keepsakes for the museum display. Great excitement this year as we have sourced a male mannequin so that Georgian gentlemens' fashions can be displayed. Extreme ironing was witnessed yesterday as frills and ruffles were being tamed. It was a scene reminiscent of Poldark. Just a pair of skin tight breeches and the picture will be complete!
Katie, the Fursdon 'garden girl', has been preparing Fursdon's gardens since last autumn. Quantities of bulbs have been planted to add to the existing host of golden daffodils which flutter and dance along the drive and in the walled garden. They truly are a spectacle, looking out as they do across the Devon countryside. Katie has been out pruning and preparing in all weathers and the results will speak for themselves by Easter.
Meanwhile, the tea room is now being prepped. A deep clean is only the start. There will be baking days and best local jam will be sourced to serve with clotted cream on Kashy's scrumptious scones. Cream first, of course - the Devon way. Fabulous Fursdon flapjacks and chocolate tiffin, staples of the tea room, will be made and Kashy and Catriona will almost certainly come up with recipes for something a little different and new. There will usually be something for those who have dietary challenges.
The bunting will be put up and the walls will carry wonderful pictures of Fursdon long ago. Rest assured that on Easter Monday, the fires will be lit and Fursdon House, Garden and Tea Room will be warm and welcoming. Oh, and the kettle will be on!