Sunday, 26 February 2017

(Mostly) rain stops play

Storm Doris left Bag End relatively untouched but the weather has still completely dominated the last week.  The only day LP could come in was Monday and it was too drizzly to be completely outside (and the ground was too wet to work) so he spent the day 'playing' with logs which he admitted was far too enjoyable to really be called work.  The end result was that the dumping area at the side of the log store is much tidier and far more accessible, and the log store is filling up rapidly ready for next year.



It was a surprise to both of us that we've filled this much and still not touched the large pile next to the shed, I do wonder how many more years our log mountain will last - quite a few at the current rate of progress. 



On Wednesday the edge of 'Doris' thrashed me severely in Carlisle to mark a significant bit of HRT (horticultural retail therapy).  A tray of heather for the new patio bed and more bushes for the fruit cage:



And after much thinking, cogitating and palpitations at the price, a decent lawnmower to replace my ageing 'internet cheapie' which has actually proved to be a splendid buy.  It is, however, completely on its last legs, has been repaired numerous times and I'm surprised it didn't conk out on me last summer.  The new baby should be delivered next week.



The only gardening I achieved was on Friday morning.  This week's rain has left most of the garden far too wet to work on but I got away with it in the large new bed next to the patio.  Two rosemary bushes were released from tubs where they had not been terribly happy, and all the heather have gone in to create a mass of ground cover, hopefully both plants will provide cover and food for bees in future years.  With the bark chip it all looks a bit 'Parks Department' and horribly new but I know it won't be long before everything settles down.



Some snowdrops which had been rescued/relocated when the willow fedge came out found themselves back in the soil too.



It would have taken far less time to achieve all this if a Certain Person hadn't thought that playing rugby was far more important - actually, she was probably right.













She also had her annual check up at our local vet.   He is absolutely superb with her but she still shakes like a leaf and trembles until we are back in the car.  Happily, John pronounced her the healthiest dog he had seen all day.  Her heart murmur is so small as to be almost impossible to detect, her weight is perfect, she doesn't seem to have any discernible joint problems, the teeth don't need cleaning and there is no gum disease.

Whilst I might have been happy with that, things didn't improve greatly (from Daisy's perspective) until we got home and I lit the fire.



The weather forecasts have been unpleasant and accurate.



With apologies to the BBC 😉




But it did mean that the little blue quilt got finished. 

















12 comments:

  1. Love the photos of Daisy, especially the first one of her catching the ball - she certainly looks like she was enjoying herself. I'm glad the vet check went well and she's been given a clean bill of health :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, it's quite hard to photograph her playing ball - you can imagine how many very blurry shots get binned!

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    2. Do you use a camera or phone for your photos? If camera and it has a 'sports' setting use that and it should effectively 'freeze' anything moving so you get a good clear shot.

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    3. Good idea Eunice, I will try that next time; I either use a DSLR or a half-decent compact depending upon where I am. Being slightly Luddite I always forget that these days cameras have all sorts of 'modes' that are meant to help me ..... I am a lazy photographer, I tend to put everything on Aperture priority and go from there.

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  2. The garden is coming along, although your weather isn't playing ball, (but Daisy is). giggle. Glad the young lady has been given a clear bill of health. Can't believe what she does to those poor ball. Well done on the little blue quilt. Have a good week and take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, one day I will try and get some video of her "shaking a ball to death" . . . she takes her duties as Chief Predator very seriously :)

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  3. Rain, rain go away. And don't come back another day. At least not yet..

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    1. Amen to that Jessica. How have you fared the last week or so? Hasn't rained too much today (Monday) but the forecast for the rest of the week is rubbish.

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  4. Have you seen the patchwork of heathers at Harlow Carr - it's stunning and shows what yours will look like fully grown:-) Glad Daisy is doing well,

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    1. Thanks Sue, I have seen the heather at Harlow Carr although I think it would take a few years to get to that size :)

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  5. Nice one Daisy! Passing your MoT first go! x

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    1. Cheers Kate. We're actually still waiting for results of a Pre-Anesthetic Panel just to make sure there's nothing unexpected & unseen such as liver or kidney problems. Surprised not to have heard yet but John's probably busy - no news is good news and all that :)

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