Tuesday, 14 March 2017

"Cream crackered"

Phew, remind me that three consecutive days with LP is completely, totally and thoroughly exhausting . . .  I meant to write this up on Wednesday and Thursday but there are just not enough hours in the day.

So, where were we .. oh yes, crazy but excellent day on Tuesday where loads of smallish jobs job tackled.  With a definite plan to keep up the momentum on Wednesday and carry on clearing the ground in the New Garden so we can sow grass seed.  This being West Cumbria [which I tempted to rename Wet Cumbria] the weather had other ideas and it rained overnight - hard - making already fairly wet soil completely saturated and it impossible to work.  The only work that LP could get on with was the usual standby Plan B:  log store.  That is a task he relishes and goes at with an energy and zeal normally reserved for folk a couple of decades younger.

I have a small but nonetheless important series of household chores that have to be attended to each morning:
take Daisy out for early bathroom break,
get myself washed, dressed and breakfasted,
lay the woodburner for the evening,
vacuum sitting room thanks to Daisy being the messiest biscuit-cruncher in all of the world,
empty dishwasher,
get something out of the freezer for supper,
make bed,
wipe around bathroom,
walk Daisy 'properly' (in other words be out for at least an hour). 

That started off as a continuous paragraph but when I realised just how much was on this list I thought I'd spread it out for effect 😉  Anyhow, the point is that if I do not get interrupted it doesn't take long to get to the 'walk Daisy properly' stage but everything takes much longer when I have to be around the garden to direct operations, make decisions, and quite often even lend a hand. 



When we started this morning the log pile was higher than the red rope (which is stopping the supporting posts at each end from splaying out ). I went indoors to get on with the morning chores and when I came out an hour later the cut log pile was so large he'd had to stop!





I left LP setting up the log splitter and took Daisy for a lovely walk.  And so the pattern was set for two days.  I did joke that he was working himself out of a job because once the side of the shed is cleared we really don't have much more in the way of 'wet weather work' but he didn't seem too bothered.

Both afternoons I ran the log splitter whilst LP loaded it, and we had a brief deviation to build a "temporary' log store extension out of pallets.



It wasn't all lumberjack work.  Both days were so bright and sunny that the greenhouse vents were opening automatically



and lunch was taken by the pond which meant we saw lots of newts, numerous frogs, and caught the first Great Diving Beetle of the year.





Daisy wandered around enjoying being outside







A quick picture on Thursday morning; equipment set up but no mess yet



The pile is getting smaller!







And at the end of it all: a full log store



A full 'temporary'  log store



The side of the shed is clear and I've got a plan for what to do with the space



Despite being shattered at the end of three very busy days, there was still time to enjoy interesting clouds even if Management and I never did agree on what sort they were.













14 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a full log store, I expect ready for next winter. You could send some rain our way if there is any to spare. Must be warming up over there by the look of those vents. Here in Victoria we are having temps for March, about 10deg above average & no rain to talk about so far. In fact we've had 1mm since middle of Feb. We are off out today for K's birthday so I'll possibly do another post tomorrow. What is up in your garden in the way of bulbs so far? Would love to see. Happy gardening & don't overdo it. Take care.

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    1. Morning Susan, you're welcome to some of our rain, please take as much as you want.

      In the garden the snowdrops are finished, daffodils going strong and everything else just growing nicely, except for one very early Snakes Head Fritillary that I saw in flower yesterday.

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  2. That is a lot of hard work, I'm not surprised you're cream crackered! I love Daisy and those ears, I bet she doesn't miss much of what's going on. I think they could be her antenna :)

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    1. Hi Eileen, I have not forgotten I promised you a 'frog post' :)

      Daisy's ears are extreme, aren't they?

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  3. Love that close-up shot of Daisy :) and if you turn the last shot upside down it looks like ripples on water. (I've just been standing with my head upside down to look at it!) lol

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    1. Nice one Eunice, or it is what ripples might look like from undernearth?

      Daisy is getting harder and harder to photograph - she knows the minute I pick up a camera and starts to come towards me, not easy to catch her unawares.

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  4. Brilliant photo of Daisy in the sunshine posing in her amazing ears. That log pile progress looks good, with that long list of things to do/get done, no wonder you were 'cream crackered'!

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    1. Thanks Kate, our list is (believe it or not) considerably shorter than it has ever been before. Good job too, LP declares he will have moved by June . . .

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  5. Bravo. Our 'log pile' is still scattered in heaps around the garden. Defo job for this year!

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    1. Thanks m'dear. We too had log piles all over the garden at one point, a couple of them moved more than once . . . you'll get there!

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  6. The clouds are beautiful and Daisy's ears never fail to make me smile. She's such a gorgeous girl. We had a busy week with the allotments last week. I was just about on my knees by Sunday.

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    1. Her ears make us smile too, as she "talks" with them - in that picture she's saying "why are you pointing that Thing at me again when you ought to be over here kicking the rugby ball?" Hope you enjoyed your session at teh allotment, even if it was tiring.

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  7. A lot of work and a lot of progress! Lunch by the pond sounds fabulous. I've yet to eat outside this year but I'm looking forward to it. X

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    1. It wasn't a shorts and T-shirt lunch by any stretch, but still very nice to be able to sit out in the fresh air.

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