Monday, 9 May 2016

Long weekend

Weekends don't get much better than the one we've just had; three long days with gorgeous weather.  It felt like a 'proper' Bank Holiday even though it wasn't.

Management had a day off so our weekend got off to a gentle start on Friday and for once it was dry and warm (that's warm by west Cumbrian standards!)  Over the course of Friday I got a base coat of white emulsion on the newly plastered bedroom walls which makes a huge difference to the room.  Needs a couple more coats so I will pass on the "watching paint dry" photos until more progress has been made :-}

We had a delivery which nearly went wrong but eventually turned out rather well (for us)!  Last week we idly wandered into B&Q on the lookout for a garden table - our last one rotted away and we had nothing at which to sit and eat outside. Taking advantage of Bank Holiday offers we bought a small circular table which came with four chairs, and then ordered another table so we could have two tables, each with two chairs, in different parts of the garden.  But what was delivered turned out not to be two round tables, but one round and one HUGE rectangular item.  There was an extended and convoluted conversation with the store staff whilst the delivery staff hung around muttering "they're always doing something like this to us" and, long-story-shortened, we ended up keeping the large table for no extra cost.  What a result - on reflection the round table was far too small to sit on the black deck but now for the first time we have an arrangement next to the Big Pond which looks right.  We also have the ability to seat 10 people should the need arise, which it won't!



The part of the delivery which did go according to plan is now on the patio area in the Cottage Garden, and it's lovely :-}



Saturday and Sunday blurred into endless sunshine, dog walks when it was cooler, a fair bit of gardening and much sitting on the new furniture, just testing it out and admiring thew view:-}



Tidying up never seems to end in this garden, but sticks and bits of wood left over from clearing a bit more of the area near the Top Pond all get added to various log piles.



When the new laurels arrived we put them behind the house to protect them until planting, and the idea was born that when we eventually get a bed built along this wall it would look great full of evergreen plants . . .



And talking of planting, I replaced the two very sick-looking laurels next to the big compost bins.



And put four in opposite the back of the house.



The fifth will have to wait - despite it not having rained for two weeks this hole is still half full of water and driving a metal bar into the bottom of it made no difference.  Lack of drainage will have to be investigated - perhaps this is why a nearby rowan died a couple of years ago?



The netting came down from the fence in the New Garden - ugh, feel horribly exposed now but that will improve over time as the yew hedge grows.



Three laurels into the narrow bed at the side of the Coppice

(ooops - missing photos . . . )

Half of the new strawberry plants transplanted into the fruit cage.



And the biggest change was next to the fruit cage - 4 new laurels to help create our "anti streetlight astronomy screen" followed by an awful of lot weeding and a considerable amount of bark mulch.  Management did the hard bit - filled loads of tubs and the Little Red Tractor moved them all.







And at the end - tired but very happy.  It has taken eight years and a lot of bumps in the road (and bumps in my body) but we are finally at the point where I can sit down and say "nearly there" . . . You know that things are right when, during a little weeding in the Coppice, I found that one of my beloved hellebore plants has seedlings underneath it . . .  loving it!!!!











18 comments:

  1. It's all looking so fantastic. What an achievement. And some glorious weather in which to enjoy all your hard work. What could be better? X

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    1. Thanks Jules. It didn't feel like hard work, we just bimbled along and by Sunday evening realised that a great deal had been accomplished :-}

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  2. looks so wonderful x and I love little red tractor x

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    1. Cheers Tess. Little Red Tractor is a vital member of the team, no way I can push full wheelbarrows all the way around the garden any more.

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  3. Wow, it's certainly looking different from when I last saw it, but then that was nearly two years ago. Look forward to seeing lots of fruit, veg and flower photos from what you are doing. Hmmm! Have a good weekend and take care.

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    1. Two years, heavens where does time go? I am busy today but aim for a post tomorrow about our lovely weekend away, and then after that it will be time for some 'proper' gardening photos.

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  4. Nice one! Well done the 'gardening crew' it is looking lovely x

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    1. Thanks Hawthorn, he worked very hard for me - bless him - when he would have much rather been pottering in the garage with motorbike stuff :-}

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  5. Well, what a result over the furniture. Everything's looking great too.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is rather splendid and has made the tea/coffee/G&T spot even better

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  6. Just to let you know that I have nominated you for a 'Liebster Award', please come over and take a look! xx hawthorn :) http://bit.ly/1Ww9pyf

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  7. It's all looking really good Jayne, and I like the large table on the black deck, it looks just right. And the little red tractor is just my type of 'toy' :)

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    1. Anything we put there before was too small, so this was a most fortuitous 'accident'. And yes, the Little Red Tractor is a splendid toy, but also absolutely essential to haul supplies up our 1-in-12 slope

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  8. though first step take time and struggle make us tired but end of the day we earn the sense of achievement which is priceless

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    1. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment :-}

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  9. It's all looking fabulous Jayne, you will enjoy your new garden furniture. We bought two new sets last year and I have loved them ,,, it's so nice to wander down the garden and have somewhere to sit. I love the view over the pond, just sublime! I have spotted a few baby Hellebores too and have just planted a Lonicera Fragrantissima to try and hide part of a neighbour's fence. I love trying things I haven't grown before so fingers crossed it can cope with the b+++++ moles. Despite numerous traps we still haven't caught one. I hate doing it but hate them killing my expensive plants!

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    1. Thanks for all the nice comments Jill, and congratulations on also having hellebore seedlings.

      I hope you manage to combat the moles. I've heard that mothballs dropped into the tunnels is good at dissuading them but I've never tried it.

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