Thursday, 28 February 2013

Calendar Girls

This month Daisy and I made it to the location where the February photograph was taken.  The calendar shot was taken from near the road, we went along a higher path, a favourite  under Catbells.  We walked along far enough to take some photos, then backtracked and spent a lovely hour wandering along the lakeshore past Manesty and Brandelhow to the Keswick Launch jetty.

It was a wonderful bright Spring day and our coats were jettisoned for the second half of our walk even though much of the lake had a film of ice over it.

A very rough note of our February walks tells me that Daisy and I have covered 25 miles on the fells with a total ascent of just under 4,200 feet.  Not much compared to hardened fell-walkers but Little Miss Perfect and I are just starting out :}

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A little Hiccup (or, another 'Plan' that didn't work out)

It should have been so simple - have Geoff come by one evening on his way home and use the small digger to remove all the stumps from the vegetable patch.  We knew the digger would fit because that's the one he used to excavate the pathway 18 months ago.

What we didn't factor in was that 18 months ago there was no scaffold board edging along the path and no 4" post supporting a big trellis.  Or that the gap was now 120cm which is plenty big enough for my red tractor, and even our friend's quad bike if necessary, but not for a midi excavator which is 140 cm wide ...

Fortunately he and LP had not made a wasted journey and we used the time available to dig out the remainder of the main path.  There's a recently purchased roll of black membrane waiting to be pegged down and fingers crossed our trusty tree surgeon is working locally next week and has promised a couple of loads of fresh bark chip.

So it wasn't a completely wasted afternoon, and we completed a task that needed doing (and gained a big pile of soil which will be spread behind the Big Pond to level out the ground), but it leaves LP with the task of removing an awful lot of stumps next weekend.  As he headed off for his tea he said he was quite looking forward to it ...

Monday, 25 February 2013


This is pure laziness on my part, once again utilising the great little Slideshow facility in iPhoto.

Rather than consign all these pictures to a folder to be half forgotten and seldom visited, I've combined the best shots from two walks into 2 minutes and 20 seconds.  Amusing (to me) are the images of Daisy being more than a little cautious around streams and bridges.  As her confidence increases she is getting much better around water but we're still a long, long way from managing to give her a bath.

Don't worry, I won't be doing this a lot unless I can work out a way of uploading or linking the movie file in a way that actually allows you to see the pictures rather than a titchy little thumbnail sized image.

Edited many months later:   the 'video' is rubbish and I want to be able to see all these images, so here they are

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Weekend working

LP was recently offered four weeks guaranteed work that could not be rained off.  I told him he'd be a fool to turn the job down and not to worry about our garden.  He told me that the contract wasn't "real work" because he'd be sitting down driving all day and therefore he'd like to do some "proper work" at weekends if we didn't mind.  Which is how come I spent all day Saturday and Sunday in the garden perhaps I'm the fool because I'm cream-crackered.

Last October he and Geoff removed all the dead and dying escallonia from the front bed and it's looked dreadful ever since.  We decided to reclaim another 2 metres of garden (like we need more garden!) and have the replacement hedge inside a fence instead of isolated along the pavement and largely forgotten.

So 15 new fence posts, followed by lots of bracing, and in between that we installed the trellis behind the Top Pond and allocated all the roof lathe that is needed for the trellis next to the vegetable patch.  I didn't want to be cutting into our dwindling supply of lathe to make the braces and suddenly find we'd left ourselves short of material to build the trellis.

The paddock fence has been taken down (although we've used the bottoms of the fence posts to support the braces) and I've now got a good supply of timber that we can re-use.

Daisy bimbled around with us and was very well-behaved although she did get cold a few times and had to be put inside which she wasn't very impressed with.

Until new windbreak netting is installed we are horribly exposed and I'm keeping all the blinds closed at the front of the house.  It also means that Daisy could go walkabout so we've banned her from the Cottage Garden by the simple blocking of the archway; makes me wonder whether we might want to put a gate here one day although I'm not sure what purpose it would serve?

Whilst LP did all the real work I cut down dead growth from the perennials and pruned a few shrubs but there's more weeding to be done and I still haven't cut back the autumn raspberries . . .