I go to work in an old farmhouse that’s been converted into modern units, there’s our hearing clinic, an accountant, a chiropractor, a marketing guy, a specialist in outdoor gear and a neuro surgeon. The 2 units opposite us have been empty for ages though, but I like their modern way of being within the old stone work. The Duke of Northumberland is the owner of our building, and Northumberland Estates manages 100,000 acres (400 km2), directly managing 4,000 acres (16 km2) of forestry and 20,000 acres (81 km2) of farmland, with approximately 100 tenant farmers managing the remaining bulk of the land. The current Duke is the 12th one from a peerage that goes back to 1551, and is part of the Percy family who took over the Earldom in 1776. The family seat is Alnwick Castle (Hogwarts if you’re an American reader 🙂 ) which I’ve featured on the Universe Blog HERE if you’re interested in that kind of history.
Anyways, now and again the Northumberland Estates does maintenance. A couple of weeks ago there was repointing done on the old stonework, and this week we’ve got decorators. The repointers were quiet chaps, but the older of the two painters has brought along a portable radio and sings badly and loudly with the songs he knows. I’ve had to open my windows for him to work on the outsides, so pulled the blinds down to give my clients some privacy- I mean, who needs an audience when you’re having your ears sucked out? – so it was quite strange sitting in my office with a disembodied voice serenading me with out of tune Kylie songs and the like.
Still it makes a change from just having pigeons.