Monday, 11 February 2013

Busy Bag End Monday

The skip disappeared at 8.00am (hurrah, clear driveway) and LP arrived at 8.30 closely followed by Wayne and Keith.

LP's day centred around the vegetable patch with the aim being to clear everything that will move easily.  We've asked Geoff to come back with his smaller digger to remove all the stumps and although he's not likely to be available for a couple of weeks it makes sense to get everything ready for him now just in case his schedule changes.



Small branches which had been laying around for far too long got chopped up and made a reasonable contribution to the overflow store (which will be covered with a tarp once we finish piling the logs up).  Thicker ones were positioned around the top pond. It shouldn't have taken this many months to make progress on sorting out the  edge but it has, and gave us an opportunity to look into the incredibly clear water and see how much blanket weed is lurking at the bottom of the pond.  It needs scooping out soon before light levels increase and it starts to multiply like crazy.







We ran out of time to finish completely, but it won't take long to move those last bits of timber.



Daisy spent the whole day outside.  She pottered around, demanded the ball was thrown numerous times each hour and generally had a very pleasant time. She was also knackered in the evening and didn't move from the wood-burner until it was time for bed!





Wayne and Keith got busy with adding 4" of insulation to the bay window roof, and plastering the boot room.  I tell myself I'm imagining things but it already seems warmer - even without curtains.




8 comments:

  1. It looks like it's all (garden and house) starting to come together now. As for Daisy, well I'm sure that being Site Foreman/Forewoman/Foredog must be very tiring.

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  2. I prevented unwanted submerged plant growth in my pond by growing a lovely beneficial oxygenator that out-competed weeds: anacharis I found no downside, it provided tons of hide-y places for the fish, dragonfly nymphs, and it was beautiful to look at (when the pond surface wasn't well-shaded with the mini-fern azola. I never had any algae problems between the 2 plants and when they got rambunctious, they made great greens in the compost pile.

    Glad you have good onsite supervision. Daisy is going to need a hard hat, though, in all these construction sites. ;-D

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    1. Kris, thanks for the pond plant suggestions and lilnks. I do grow oxygenators and in time, when enough of the water surface is covered with larger plants, things should be better balanced. New ponds always need a year or two to settle down (and yes, the surplus makes a great addition to the compost bin)

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  3. Wait 'til Daisy id mischievously dropping her ball in the pond!

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    1. She's going to find herself with a very empty toy box if she starts that game :}

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  4. Ha ha at Sue G's comment!

    Yes, I know it's all coming together, but cricky - you're STILL felling trees...?

    No idea if perceived warmth from the insulation fitting is psychological or not, but if it is, it got me too once 'proper' insulation went in under and over the kitchen and extension.

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    1. Not so much a 'tree' Hazel, as a holly sapling that, like so much else was in completely the wrong place and horribly distorted from a childhood spent dwarfed by leylandii :{

      But yes, it's coming together and there's no such thing as too much insulation!

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