Thursday, 30 June 2016

For the third night running

Oh dear, there seems to be a pattern developing.  For the last three evenings Daisy and I have curled up in front of the woodburner after supper because it is Cold.Outside!  Might be the end of June, supposedly the middle of summer, but the weather clearly did not get the memo.

I know I've been neglecting my little blog recently, but it was something of a surprise to log on tonight and see that my last post, just a fortnight ago, contained almost the same photograph . . . clearly There.Is.A.Pattern.Developing.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

T`was the night before Christmas

Oops, no, six months out! T`was the night before Summer Solstice:

and it's chucking it down outside so Daisy and I are curled up in front of the fire :(

Monday, 13 June 2016

Sorting out the "dumping grounds" (or - ANOTHER job started but not finished)

Every garden has (at least) one - an area which, despite the very best of intentions, is a dumping ground and always a mess.  In a garden the size of Bag End those dumping grounds go feral pretty quickly!  I have never managed to keep the area around the back of the big shed and log store from getting totally out of control.  In the twelve months since stumps were ground out we've added another shed and loads of mess too!

Now it is time to tidy things up for good (who am I kidding?)

At the weekend M. and I had a bit of a blitz and tried to move as much 'stuff' out of the way as possible in order that LP had a clear run at doing all the hard work for us.  On Tuesday morning we started between the new shed and the greenhouse.

A few very hot hours later we had (nearly) flat level ground and a new bed.  The bed came about because levelling off the soil would have badly exposed the roots of the little holly tree that, for no reason other than I can, I want to keep.  Conveniently we've also created a nice place to plant another Clematis montana which will be trained up the fence onto the metal trellis.  I suspect there will be other pretty things planted in this bed, even unfinished it makes me smile every time I look at it.  Just because this is a 'utility area' why shouldn't it have nice flowers?

Despite having had a huge stump ground out there were still roots in the way . . .

The following day we had a repeat performance at the front of the new shed.

The initial reason for a bed here was to support/strengthen one of the fence posts.  It's pretty solid now because this bed is tied into the shed base and other fence posts and eventually will brace across to the log store.  We're building for the long term!

The other lovely thing to happen was the completion of the bed behind the house (a necessity so that LP had somewhere to put the soil he excavated.  It has taken YEARS to get to this point but it makes such a difference - delighted with how everything is coming together.

Even the way LP works this was far too much work for two days so we tried again this morning (Monday).  The weather had other ideas and we were rained off after an hour . . .

I'm so fortunate to be doing this, but will be so very glad when it is all done :)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Pretty much a perfect weekend :)

It was a perfect weekend for getting caught up with some jobs which have been waiting for faaaaaaar too long. Management had Friday off and the continued amazing weather made it feel like another Bank Holiday.
Doing some more painting in the day room (bless Management).  We seem to be painting this room one wall at a time which is less than conventional, but it's working for us :)

Moving furniture back to where it lives and finding that now we have had the beech dresser painted we're in love with it again.  For the first time in what seems like months we can sit without looking at piles of 'stuff' that really belongs elsewhere.

Cleaning most of the sitting room carpet (bless Management again!)

Being VERY unimpressed that nothing is where it should be . . .

Wanting to play but being far too hot . . .

More painting, but of the outdoor kind.  When I came across Farrow & Ball's "New White" I realised I had finally found "the" paint colour that had been in my mind for years and years.  Happily I've managed the same in the garden; this is Cuprinol "Willow" and it has completely transformed what was fairly cheap and bog standard furniture into something rather lovely.  This is two very thin coats, almost dry brushed.  Definitely needs at least one more, maybe even a fourth.

Even though it is not the right time of year to do it, there was much removing of invasive weed from all the ponds, and a lot of rinsing and shaking to make sure no tadpoles or baby newts were collateral damage. 

Washing lots of quilts

Pretty much a perfect weekend :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New toy

After a hard few hours slaving over a keyboard (him) and some time in the garden (me) we finished off the day enjoying the last of the sun, sitting in the arbor with a bottle of something cold, and trying out a new toy.

Just a cheapie to see if we like it but I can safely say there's no way this is going in the back of a shed to be forgotten!  Tra la la - I have found a way to enjoy the wood burning stove 12 months of the year!  Well, not exactly the wood burner, but I now have an excuse/opportunity to light a fire any time I want :-}

Daisy was not so sure . . .