Thursday, 20 April 2017

Late afternoon by the river

(New 2017 blog post published in December 2019)

This early in the year it is decidedly chilly down by the river at 3.30pm and coats are needed.

But the sunshine was glorious and most welcome and we both enjoyed a little stroll.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Reuse and recycle

(New 2017 blog post published in December 2019)

LP did a fantastic job finding a new use for the picket fence taken down when we had new fencing  built behind the vegetable area.   A lovely dog-proof barrier between the garden and the drive so that Little Miss Perfect cannot go wandering off if we have the big gates open for any reason.  Whilst Daisy is unlikely to ever try to leave home without me, she does have a habit of charging down the garden to shout at check up on anyone who walks past and it's best if that activity is strictly managed.

With a caravan, old motorbike, two cars and various garden supplies permanently moored on the drive we needed somewhere else for the trailer to live, and it needed to be somewhere secure.

Hence the "loss" of a small section of lawn which will not be missed, and the newly christened "trailer bay" which LP seemed to thoroughly enjoy constructing. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Never say never . . .

I have been bloging at Bag End since March 2008 and a lot has happened in that time.

We've had the worst of sadness:

Despite saying I would never risk opening my heart to another dog, clearly I did:

and much in between:

But the constant has been charting our ups and downs as we rennovate the house and create a garden and for the most part maintaining the blog has been a positive addition to the mix.  But right now I have had enough; writing blog posts, processing photographs, considering what to share and what to keep private, and all the other maintenance which goes on is no longer an enjoyable activity but a chore.  Management is very fond of saying "if something's stopped being fun, stop doing it" so that is what I have decided to do.

I am bored with what I am writing, I have begun to resent the time it takes, and I need a break.

There is no way of telling when/if I will be back, but The View From will remain online for the time being.  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed, commented, and been in some way part of our Cumbrian journey.  Having you all along for the ride has enriched the experience and to those of you who've become "real" friends along the way, you know how much you mean to me 😊

huggles for now, Jayne, xx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Concentrating on the Coppice

After the rain and general driech which descended upon us virtually as soon as we had finished cleaning up the caravan equipment I really did not think I would get into the garden this week.  How wrong can you be ...

On Friday our tree surgeon was working nearby and I was the lucky recipient of two trailer loads of his 'rubbish'.   Simon was cutting down a leylandii hedge so this is not pure bark chip but that doesn't matter - it will be a brilliant mulch around the garden, keep weeds down, and eventually rot away.

Thankfully Saturday (and Sunday) were bright and clear.  All those chippings aren't going to move themselves.

I concentrated on the Coppice, fortunately when I started I did not realise it was going to take two full days, but as Management constantly reminds me:  "this is a very big garden".  When I started most of the ground looked a bit like this - leaves everywhere, plants needing to be tidied up:

And countless hours later, it's all much tidier:


Whilst getting up close and personal to all the plants as I weeded, I was treated to a birds eye view of some early season lovelies such as violets and pulmonaria:

A job long-planned was to make a drainage channel.  When we get "gulley-washer" storms water pours through the neighbouring garden uphill from us, across a footpath where the drain cannot cope, and rushes through the Coppice.  I don't want paths and plants washed away again, so hopefully this will channel any excess into a conveniently placed manhole.  Still got to tidy up the edges and position lots of stones but it's a start.

Although the hellebores are past their best they are still quite beautiful.

And underneath this one, BOLDCAPSSHOUTING!    Babies!!!  (now securely protected with a barrier to stop any accidental trampling)

With a macro lens on the camera, Daisy came in for some attention too:

I don't know what she's yawning about, I'm the one who did all the work!

And all the time I was pulling weeds, shifting logs or moving bark chip Management was in the vegetable patch, quietly beavering away with a paintbrush ... for hours!  Bless his little heart, he has finished painting the net cage frame and now I can order the cover for it 😊

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Kielder Starcamp - the movie

If you click this link to Vimeo, one of the "regulars" at Kielder, James Mackay, has shared a brilliant timelapse movie featuring shots from the starcamps last autumn and last week.  Do click on the 'read more' to see all of James' explanation for the short film.

I cannot do a direct embed thingy (Vimeo won't allow it) but it is definitely worth going to the site to see for yourself just how magical the skies are.  As I know exactly where to look, I can even find our caravan with the 'scope outside, and it is a stern "Reminder to Self" that if we go again I really must get my camera out once it is dark.

(this is a screenshot from Vimeo)