Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Cottage Garden - Making Changes

Storm Clogagh continues to batter us alternating between rain and high wind, and possibly on hours without an 'r' in them, both at the same time, who knows what decision making process is going on in the midst of what feels like Gale Central.   It was exactly a week ago that LP and I managed a whole day outside and since then I have been waiting for an opportunity to get in the garden and take some more photos.  Well, that opportunity is just not presenting itself, so in order not to get behind I'll go with what is on the memory card and take more pictures when I can.

Hauling ourself up an icy rockface was not the only way we marked the occasion of M's "mumble-zero".  I ordered him a lovely bit of astrophotography kit, something he desperately wanted but would not have bought for himself.  Due to the weather he has not yet been able to set it up anywhere other than the sitting room :-{   Huge thanks to Rothervalley Optics who were superb and helped to ensure that I took delivery of two large and hard-to-hide boxes when Management was in London.



Eternal optimists, we believe that one day it will stop raining, the clouds might clear and once again we will be blessed with the opportunity to view the Milky Way from our own front garden.  We do not have perfectly dark skies here because there are some "footpath lights" which affect the garden, but we don't do too badly.  There's a little spot in the Cottage Garden where, with a bit of careful positioning, we are screened from nearly all external light sources, and with some strategic planting of more evergreen hedges in a year or two we should be completely screened.

In order to give us a stable place and less muddy place to observe from I decided to do away with a small section of Cottage Garden lawn . . . and this is how we did it:

A neighbour recently over-ordered slate chippings for his garden and begged us to take the surplus away, he donated the remainder of a roll of black membrane as well.  So we bagged about a ton of stone and moved it off the drive, thank goodness for the Little Red Tractor.  LP then strimmed the lawn as short as possible.



LP is brilliant at sorting out ground levels, I just don't have the patience.



Having cleared the dustbin area we were ready for another delivery of garden supplies, and thanks to the very helpful Travis Perkins driver all the heavy items were lifted over the hedge and did not need to be carried very far.



95% of this is for other jobs so that, if we ever get a break in the weather during the winter, we can finish up some construction work.










We got finished within the limits of the materials available, which is Bag-End-speak for "we're going to need another load of chippings".  Whilst LP was working away I cleared all the frosted tomato plants out of the greenhouse and pulled up dead annuals from the new garden. Not a bad day's work :-}









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  1. Liking the 'observatory platform' bet you can't wait now for the weather to break so you can get out and take photos :)

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    1. In all honesty, right now I would just love the weather to break so I can get outside :-} But when it does stop raining we'll probably have a cold spell with ice, and I'll grumble about how I don't like driving when the roads are slippery. Really, there's no pleasing some folk.

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  2. Should be an even better "view from" now :-)

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  3. It's certainly been a busy time for you and now looking quite different. I'd love to be able to look through the telescope at the stars, which must be fascinating. We've looked at smaller telescopes at times, but wouldn't see much from this place. Do hope the weather improves a bit so you can play outside. Take care.

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    1. Too close to the city Susan? Too much light pollution? What about when you take your van away?

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  4. I know what you mean about getting outside, fortunately our terrier doesn't care what the weathers like so she is happy to go anytime for a short walk or even a long one

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    1. Hi Ann, it's rough up here at present, isn't it? Daisy, bless her, is happy with short walks and she's not really one of those dogs who needs three hours exercise a day to wear them out.

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