One guest playing golf at The Grove on Saturday found his game a little more eventful than he’d anticipated.
‘I’d wanted to play The Grove for 15 years but wasn’t expecting it to be quite so memorable.’ So says Jonathan Purr, a 36-year-old project manager from London, whose Saturday-afternoon game was interrupted in a most unusual way.
“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.” Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room
Not long now to the official start of spring but it looks as though it was well underway some time ago here at The Grove, and we have had good swathes of yellow around the gardens since December. Read more
Get past the shortest day of the year and somehow the atmosphere changes and the birds start to sing as the daylight stretches out little by little each day. This winter has been an unusual one weather-wise. We had the warmest November on record and then the warmest December. Before Christmas it seemed as though it rained on a daily basis and everywhere was extremely soggy. After Christmas it started to dry out and recently we had a taste of bitter cold and some snow for a day. Today it is back to rain and the forecast is reaching 14C over the coming weekend. Very strange.
This is the time when we see spring fading and summer taking over as the days draw out and the
long sunny days bring lots of colour and the start of the abundant harvest of vegetables and fruit.
The spring display of 39000 bulbs was memorable and although some came out early and others late
it has been a good splash of colour.
In the south of England we have been enjoying a warm week and now it feels like we are in summer. The weather forecasters have told us that the weather should be warmer than normal for the next month at least.
With the sunrise the birds are singing their hearts out and seem to be chirping for most of the day. Then there’s the tap-tap-tap of the woodpeckers in Heath Wood and in the early morning and again in the evenings the occasional sound of an owl.
Welcome to the first in a series of health and fitness blogs. Prepared by our team of fitness instructors at Sequoia spa here at The Grove, each post will focus on one particular theme offering a step-by-step guide, hints, tips and advice on ways to improve and maintain fitness and how to stay healthy.
Focussing on the squat, for strength definition and fat burning…
Squatting is a highly functional and fundamental movement pattern that helps improve both strength and muscle definition. It’s a big fat burner too and very effective in burning calories! Squatting can give you protection from injury and makes daily tasks a lot easier to perform.
Daffodils are in flower and there are signs of swelling buds and shoots appearing out of the soil in the garden. The lawns are also starting to grow – very slowly but there is definitely more grass there. And as we move out of the dark month of February and into March with its longer days there is the sense of a new season and light and warmth! The preparation of the beds for the new season is done and the tasks of sowing, planting, growing and maintaining is about to start.
The Hospitality Show staged at Birmingham’s NEC celebrates the best of British hospitality and we were proud to have sent 26 of our young chefs along with Harry Lomas, The Grove’s Executive Chef and team manager to compete at this year’s event.
Another year passes and another begins; a time for reflection on the past year and a time of looking forward to the new seasons in my winter gardens blog.
In early November 43,180 bulbs arrived for our 2015 display. Having that many bulbs in front of you is daunting, but our Gardeners potted and planted a whopping 42,000 of them by Christmas. Now, if all goes to plan, which is very weather dependent, the first will start to bloom in February and the last will be flowering in June. Time (and weather!) will tell…
Preparing for the festivities with fine, Christmas food at Colette’s…
It’s been a busy year so far and shows no signs of letting up! In just under a week the big day – and the big man himself – will have arrived. We’ll all be tucking into various seasonal delights – a turkey, a booze laden Christmas pudding and of course a selection box, or two.
All in all, this month is set to be the ultimate food month on everyone’s calendar and here at The Grove, we’re no different.