|You can just make out the clock on the tower behind and to the right of Beatrix Potter and family holidaying at the Castle in 1882.
|The one remaining hand!
|The fine detail of the carving on the clock face
One clock face is still in remarkably good condition, but the other is definitely showing the results of standing outside in over 150 years of lakeland weather!
We'll be putting a new mechanism behind the clock so that when you visit next spring, it'll be telling the time reliably once more.
Elsewhere on the property, we're well on with our conservation work. At Hill Top, the contents of the kitchen and the parlour have all been packed up and wrapped up to protect them from the cold and damp. The conservation team needed a few layers to protect them from the cold and damp too!
|Beatrix Potter's furniture in the parlour - unrecognisable in made to measure winter coats!
Beatrix's delicate original ink illustrations for her very first edition of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' are in the process of being packed up too. They're being sent to be safely stored after their season as the feature of our 2012 exhibition. Because of their sensitivity it's likely to be ten years or so before they can be seen again. It's sad to see them put away, but it's essential to keep them in the best possible condition for future generations to see.
We've got another blog to keep you up to date with the work going on at Wray Castle. Have a look to find out more about what our conservation building team is getting up to there at www.repairingwraycastle.blogspot.com
Have a good week!