There are certain moments in our lives when we make an entrance - and we are either centre stage, or ignored completely, and regardless of whether you are the out going type full of laughter and witty and amusing anecdotes - or whether you are the shy reserved type who would rather be part of the audiance and not the show itself.
Hamilton Hall is a bit like that.
It is an unassuming Victorian house with a couple of extensions - new double glazing and from the outside does not give away too much of what it is like inside, what the rooms look like or the energy that is housed within.
In the 60's a modern Conservatory was added to the front of the house and this has been repainted and touched up over the years and even a new flat roof added, but time marches on and it is time for a new entrance to the old girl - Hammy Hall - and a bit more investment - for us - to splash out.
The conservatory is about to be rebuilt with new double glazed units and all the woodwork improved and made for new with modern plastic in white... so a whole new clean and tidy entrance.
Naturally, after redecorating it inside recently, the roof leaked and took half the wallpaper off with it ... very annoying - and we have repaired the roof and will need some more repairs as soon as it stops raining long enough to get out there and paint that sticky tar stuff over the parts we think are leaking... not a pleasant or clean job but a necessary one.
It is costing a lot of money and for me decades ago as a sex worker this would have been just a months work - all paid for with a months income - easy - no problem, but as a hotel with huge outgoings and where we work hard for what money we can save - this is a major expense for us, but one that is needed.
Many take expensive holidays and spend a lot impressing others with fast cars and expensive clothes. Not me. Every penny we make goes back into offering FREE HOLIDAYS for the needy, or doing up and improving the property and keeping it up to date and as you would expect to find it - not all run down and dated, but clean and splendid as any old lady ( Hammy Hall ) would like to be. Glammed up. Modernised. Cosy warm and dry while still hosting a wealth of charm and atmosphere of welcome.
So watch out for the improvements and while I am not sure when the work is to begin, my apologies if it is while you are staying. We never close, so someone will be here while the workmen are at work, whenever that will be ... we shall see.
So here's to the next 20 years.