Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Gullywasher

I was tired yesterday after our brunch at the beach but made the effort to get outside after lunch and cut all the lawns, makes such a difference and is the easiest way to pick up all those pesky leaves.





Bloomin' good job I did, because for once the Met Office told no fibs and we had high wind and driving rain all night; the lawn is no longer a leaf-free zone.   Although parts of the garden are clearly saturated outside it is a different story.  The photos are rubbish and have had to be mauled about.





At the bottom of the drive: fortunately we don't tend to use the end of the lane very often, the water gets to at least 20 - 25cm deep.





This is the lane which runs up the side of the garden.







And this is why I need a little culvert in the Coppice, there was a steady stream (couple of inches deep) of water flowing through into the manhole.







Not surprisingly, Daisy was thoroughly unimpressed that her morning toilet included a free shower. 





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  1. The weather is awful today isn't it? We have localised flooding here and Mog returned home from her morning prowl with a very unimpressed look on her face. I'm not surprised Daisy wasn't happy. I say get your feet up in front of the woodburner. X

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    1. You're right Jules, hope none of the flooding affects you directly. I had intended to pop out this afternoon but that plan has been shelved for an afternoon either in front of the woodburner, or the sewing machine, or maybe both!

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  2. We have a tiny plot, but our magnolia tree has huge leaves which I pick up twice a day, and as soon as I am inside leaves start dropping. Yours does look good after, plus loads of lovely leaf mulch for next year. We will use our campervan over the winter, but not for longer trips, we will start going further afield once the better weather is here.

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    1. Hi Marlene, yes, the leaves do rot down into beautiful mulch. We'll soon be starting the annual 'clear up' of the leaves in the lane (unless they all get washed away 😟 )

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  3. I love the photo of the pond, it looks beautiful. I don't blame Daisy for being unimpressed with the weather, it's awful just now. It was fine when I took my two out at 10am but the rain started just after we got back and it's been hammering down ever since. The bungalow where I've just been cleaning is set back off the main road on a steep lane and the water is running down there like a river now.

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    1. Glad you're back safe and sound Eunice, It is meant to clear up here about 3.00 but the postman has just been and says a lot of the smaller roads nearby are almost impassable.

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  4. It's just brightened up here after a night and morning of heavy rain. The forecast promises a better day for tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Your lawn looked very green,lush and tidy without the leaves, even if it was only temporary.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, it cleared up about 3.00 but is raining again now. Fingers crossed for tomorrow, I want to go out in Bill!!

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  5. It’s a good job that you are not at street level.

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    1. Absolutely, there are advantages to living halfway up a hill :)

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  6. The lawns certainly look good clear of leaves etc, but like here it probably lasts half an hour then they seem to be back again. I swept footpath outside our house on Monday of catkins off silver birch on the nature strip & by afternoon it was littered again. We also had torrential rain & loads of wind last night, but seem pretty clear this morning. I'm with Daisy as I don't like getting wet except on a very hot day, when we get some needed rain, then it's fun. I can never get over how beautiful your garden is. You must be so proud. Take care.

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    1. It's OK Susan, the 'clean and tidy' effect only lasts for half an hour here (probably the same in the house too!). Thank you for saying such lovely things about the garden (blush). I don't know about proud, but yes, it does feel good to look around now and see what we have created from nothing.

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  7. Wow you did get a gullywasher! Those pesky leave are like that. They just won't stay on the trees or fall in nice piles so they can be handily dealt with. We're in the middle of it here and since we live in a forest, you can't even go a few minutes without your hard work being mussed up by more leaves coming down.

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    1. Cheers Sue, although today has been bright & breezy I think we're due for another soaking tomorrow. I know what you mean about leaves, but at least they make fabulous mulch/compost :-)

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