When I began to commercialise Hilles, I aimed to balance the need to use the house sensitively to raise money for the upkeep of the house and gardens, and to keep it as the magical place, to be enjoyed by my family , friends, and myself. Last Saturday the wedding was unique as always , with fireworks, magic, a bonfire, a band from Manchester and Liverpool, and a dj to play into the early hours.
On the following day the energetic newly weds put on a hog roast lunch for guests. It makes a lot of sense that weddings should be two day events with guests travelling from far and wide .
After the wedding guests left, the super generous wedding couple gave us a mountain of delicious spit roasted pork, 6 bottles of chilled rose wine, and a wedding cake cheese board of ripe English cheeses. It was well timed , as we had coming to stay a large group of family, friends, children, and a baby, to celebrate Horace’s 7th birthday on the Monday.
The wine was polished off by our thirsty guests, some of whom had travelled 7 hours by car from Suffolk .The pork lasted for several days, cleverly used by a Japanese friend to accompany fresh healthy salads, and some cheese is still left.
We celebrated Horace’s 7th birthday party, some guests camped, the children went pony riding , played , painted, sang, danced, and I hope spent less time than normal on their computers. We went plum and blackberry picking , walked, and on Thursday a “ a park and ride” visit to the museums in Oxford.
The week has been well balanced.