I’m in trouble, should have done this by yesterday and instead I find myself doing it early on Saturday morning before we go on and beat the All Blacks later today, Cam! (Might have to edit this later!)
So what has been going on? The Gun Room is up and running and we are having our first opening on Monday evening, to thank all those involved in the project. Anthony Sherwin has done an incredible job, working with Martin Swatton, in designing the interior of the building so that it complements all our other designs on the Estate and blends ‘the old with the new,’ which is a recurring theme at Rathfinny, and Paynes Builders have been a delight to work with.
Nikki and Georgia have been working flat out for several weeks getting all the stock ready and this week have been concentrating on getting it on the shelves. It looks fantastic, as I think you’ll agree.
Their attention to detail is incredible and Nikki, as the Manager, has really set the standard. We’re also delighted to have recruited two new members of staff who we know will fit right in with the Rathfinny family.
So as well as interviewing prospective staff, what else have I been up to? It’s the range of work that always amazes me. I’ve been working on the Employment Handbook, ably assisted by my daughter, Faye. We’ve been battling with those crucial issues such as, under the heading ‘Appearance’, how do you encourage deodorant and yet say not so much perfume that it interferes with tastings in the future? Don’t get me started on the debates about tattoos (a personal bug bear of Mark’s, though I’m sure one of our kids has or will have one lurking away) or piercings. All high-powered stuff!
Then there’s the Tasting Room, which has all come together under the wonderful eye of my designer friend, Susie Atkinson. She has done an amazing job, again linking the ‘old and the new’ to create a room that will sit at the heart of the Estate and deliver a really unique experience to our visitors.
We held our end of year party there last week, which was brilliant. The vineyard boys had us in hysterics as they donned facemasks of the Great British Bake Off judges to judge all the entries of the Great Rathfinny Bake Off.
Not that I’m bitter and twisted! (I did think that in revenge I would put in the photo of her winning the wooden spoon that Cam made, but even I couldn’t do that to her.)
Finally, the notes arrived for the Level 2 WSET wine course that Georgia and I are going on in the New Year. Being a swot (Georgia, be worried!) I opened the pack with interest. I’d like to say that I started with ‘The Wise Drinker’s Guide – Alcohol, Health and Responsible Drinking – first, because it was obviously the most important part, but that would be a lie. It was the only booklet small enough to hold in the bath in one hand while balancing the much needed large glass of wine in the other!!
PS Here’s a quote about Champagne that will work whatever the result this afternoon.
“In success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it.” Winston Churchill