Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Back to "normal"

We are back to what passes for "normal" at Bag End.  Granted, in any other universe our normal is everyone else's complete and total insanity but as Management regularly reminds folk "you shouldn't join if you can't take a joke".

The cause of all this hilarity is the return of LP.  He's been busy during his time away from Bag End but it does not seem to have dimmed his enthusiasm for the endless list of tasks I have for him.  He came back Tuesday lunchtime and in 1½ days has blitzed a load of small jobs and made a significant start on a very large one!

So, in no particular order, we now have:

~ Willow screening above the heather on the drive (the hornbeam hedge is going behind this)
~ A level and safe base for the second greenhouse water-butt
~ Two very solid frames surrounding man-hole covers.









~ Larch slab filling in the gap where we used to have the back gate (and all the ground has been dug over ready for planting more laurel hedging)
~ The step-cum-seat in the Coppice is ready for planting (it might be a good idea if I changed the paving slab for one which didn't have a broken corner ...)





and last but not least, he's stripped off all the turf behind the top pond and started to level the ground in readiness for digging it over.



Phew doesn't even begin to sum up the whirlwind :}  If you think this is madness, you should have heard him at 6.00pm tonight summing up what he thinks he can get done tomorrow.




13 comments:

  1. Some people are worth their weight in gold. You are very lucky to have an LP.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, I am well aware that without LP to do the 'heavy work' I would be at the far end of a river of effluent without any means of propulsion ...

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  2. I can only assume that you are having better weather over that side of the country than we are having here, Bilbo. Nevertheless, what an impressive work load has been completed. Do you lend him out?

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    1. Pat, our weather has been nothing short of miraculous in the last month (not to self, must update rainfall chart). Very cold at night but a good number of bright days and only moderate rain.

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  3. Wow that is some amount of work he must be a tornado - how many coffees does he have to top up his caffeine level?

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    1. No coffee, but an endless and continual supply of very strong tea!

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  5. There must be an abundance of larch slabs over there as you use them everywhere. What do they do, I wonder, with the middle of the tree trunk? Somewhere there must be whole villages built of larch wood.... ;-D

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    1. Kris, the slab is the 'waste' when the wood-yard across the valley are cutting tree trunks and there is so much of it at Bag End because it's exceptionally cheap and in theory the larch should last quite a long time (oh, and I like the look of it :} ).

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  6. "at the far end of a river of effluent without any means of propulsion ..." hahahaha - brilliant!
    I've not managed to do a huge amount other than plant me spuds and carrots (oh, and build a path in order to do so - as you do!) because it has been wazzin' it down horizontally here ever since we got back from France!

    I was hoping to get out there this weekend and work my socks off, but I've got 29 (yes, 29!!!) Headship application forms to work through before we go to shortlisting on Tuesday...*sigh*. I'm back to gardening vicariously through your blog again Bilbo!

    The pond is really coming on now - can't wait to see it in real life!

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    1. Eee-by-gum Nutty, you'll be here in less than three weeks, whoo hoo!

      Good luck with 29 applications (yuk) and if you want some vicarious pond work, have a look at what we got up to on Thursday ("Another Milestone")

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  7. Miserable weather over this side so good to see you are cracking on with things while you have some bright days. Just been out to buy more ferns but I will plant them tomorrow as I am going to light a fire now and get warm! More like February than May but worse weather than we actually had in February! Fantastic progress, it makes me excited to see it all, never mind you lol!

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    1. Hope you get your ferns in, we had the fire on last night too.

      Glad you are enjoying the progress, look forward to you seeing it for yourself.

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