Sunday, 19 February 2012

Just another normal Bag End Sunday

Saturday was a weather non-starter but Sunday could have come from a different month.



Blue sky, sunshine, snow on the distant fells . . .  and the gentle roar of a chainsaw as Hobbit and Management tackled the escallonia hedge for one final time.

    This doesn't even begin to show how horrible it really looks!

I chainsawed, Management carried, and a couple of hours later a large part of our driveway looked like this:



The front looks worse but Geoff will be bringing his digger to pull out the roots and then we can make a start on replanting something better.

We've tried to regenerate it but the plants are old, half dead, the bed is full of honey fungus and it isn't even the right plant for the location so it's all coming out.  The tree surgeon is due back this week and will bring his huge chipping machine.  We have his agreement to put all the escallonia through the shredder whilst he's here so it all had to come down without delay.  Of course, he's just phoned to say he will be here Tuesday morning (not Thursday as expected). Tuesday is the one morning that LP is never available and Management will be in London . . .  I am so not looking forward to trying to stuff all this lot into a shredder that could eat telegraph poles without difficulty.

After a late lunch I pruned the roses, the raspberries and the recently planted hazel in the Coppice - oh, and fixed windbreak net to the now very bare paddock fencing.  Too late and too tired to photograph any of that.

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  1. A good days work! Be sure to keep a light grasp while chipping!!!! It's way too cold to even think about outdoor projects here today!

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    1. Eve - that's excellent advice, thank you. I intend to stand WELL BACK from the jaws of this thing.

      (sorry for earlier typo, brain nearly as tired as body this evening :{ )

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  2. Love the pics of the fells. I see there are no sheep as was the case of your last pic.

    (...gentle roar of a chainsaw. *giggle*)

    Are you going to feed that chipper BY YOURSELF? (Kris is now worried for Hobbit.) Take care with that. Wish I could be on hand to help. Wish someone could be on hand. :-/

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    1. Kris, I will be being very careful. Eve's advice to have a light touch is very sensible and there's no need for you to worry. There will be two guys here from the tree surgeon and I am sure they will do as much for me as they can in the time available, but they also have three large trees to work on.

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  3. Hopefully the daffs won't be too put out by your escapades — I'm guessing that at least you can see where they are, and that some of the daft beggars are even flowering…?

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    1. Can you tell it's early Monday morning? If I'd have paid attention I'd have actually noticed the daffs flowering in the last image. I'll go and crawl back under my stone now.

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    2. Don't be too hard on yourself James :}, the daffs are OK so far, and by the time Geoff gets here with the digger they will probably have finished flowering.

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    1. thanks Sue, that's me; sitting around taking in the view and doing sweet Fanny Adams!

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  5. Well done to you for all that work Most satisfying.

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    1. Thanks Pat, it's a bit of a shock no longer having the hedge between us and the road, even if it was a pretty ropey specimen. Satisfying to have it down though.

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  6. Wonderful shot of icing sugar fells! Glad you survived feeding the monster!

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    1. It was a glorious day Jill, wish you could have been here.

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  7. Me too!!! Spent yesterday and today, a total of 11 hours, shifting logs into our new log store!!! Pallets and flappy bits of plastic are no more!

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  8. Lol been too busy shifting logs! Taken some, will get them on Picasa soon. Fabulous morning, early mist clearing to beautiful sunshine. Off to start shifting compost now as I have 2 new compost bins! Heard on the radio there was a beautiful sunrise in Penrith so hopefully it's glorious with you too.

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