Sunday, 10 June 2018

Huge, huge achievement

We have had a big, horrible, unpleasant job outstanding for far too long.  For a timescale measured in years but I cannot find a blog reference to it (something else that got missed ... {glum face} )



Almost too long ago to be remembered, this patch of ground was fairly neat and tidy.  But when LP was levelling the ground around the raised veg beds we needed somewhere for the excess soil to go and there just wasn't anywhere else for it.  Then, as has been the case far too often here, everything else got in the way and as the "heap" wasn't actually doing anything it got left, and left, and left .... and then LP left for a new life the other side of the country and neither Management or I fancied tackling it.



But this morning Management suggested we just get on with it, so we did!  And of course, whilst it was a long and hot day, shifting the entire pile wasn't nearly as awful as either of us thought it would be.  We were as sensible as possible with a rule of filling no more than 3 or 4 barrows, then going to sit in the shade to cool down before doing any more.  In that way, we were finished by supper-time:



It's amazing, this is the last big garden task - anything else is now "just" gardening.  Strewth - only took us ten years!



Talking of big, we wondered how much weight Management had shifted.  For a laugh I climbed in the empty barrow and M. tried out the weight and said a full barrow of soil weighed more than me.  I reckon we must have shifted 50 barrows or more but neither of us thought to count.  I'm about 55kg , so maybe  2¾ metric tons.  Thank goodness it has not rained for 6 weeks and we weren't shifting water as well as soil!





12 comments:

  1. You got there in the end. Fifty plus barrow loads is a lot of hard work. You must be looking quite tanned as well as slim, not that I am envious you understand :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, you are right, I haven't had this much tan since I was in my 20's. Most days in the last couple of weeks has been straight into shorts :-)

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  2. I can't imagine hopping in a wheelbarrow at my age, but we used to do it when we were kids, having fun with my Dad. Anyway, that space now looks great & once the grass has grown, more space for Madam to run around on & "mowing".(lol). Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Climbing in the barrow was easy - not so much fun when Management picked it up!

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  3. Wow fifty plus barrows -it's been lovely but hot weather for doing that sort of work in. What are you planning for the space?

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    1. Oops, sorry to all for delay in replying. Comment notification emails seem to be taking a break, and I'm away so not logging on much.

      thanks for commenting K. Mix of shrubs and perennials in the bed (behind the larch slab edge), will attempt another meadow in front of that, and grass nearest the house.

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  4. Good grief! Mind you, that slow and steady method is a brilliant one, we use it and it is surprising what you can get done - Well done you two :)

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    1. Thanks Kate, and Solstice Blessings to you too. Have been trying to comment at your blog but for some stupid reason cannot sign in to comment - yet I can do so on my own? d'uh.

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  5. Having had our fair share of ‘heaps’ I don’t need to imagine the amount of work involved. But where did it all go?

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    1. Thanks Jessica. It all went into the bed adjacent to this area - in front of the trellis and the existing evergreens.

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  6. Hope it's not in a pile somewhere else in the garden?

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    1. {{chuckle}}. well Martyn, it wouldn't be the first time we have moved piles of materials from one place to another!

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