Building Update: Winter bites the bricklayers’ cement

January 26, 2017

The first two days of this week were lost to frost. With daytime temperatures as low as -7oC, the water freezes as the cement is being mixed – even after attempts at heating the mixer – and thwarts the chemical reaction between cement, sand and water which is essential to the construction of a sound […]

New Year Gift: Ring of the Nibelung by Michael Steen

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! To celebrate our production of Wagner’s Die Walküre, our New Year Gift is a download of Michael Steen’s guide to The Ring of the Niebelung.

Building update: Mud, mud glorious mud

December 16, 2016

It’s definitely welly weather down in the woods at West Horsley Place. Winter poses particular problems for construction: too cold – i.e. below freezing – as it was at the beginning of the month and concrete cannot be cast and blockwork cannot be laid.  Too wet, as it has been latterly and mud takes over, […]