Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Unplanned progress

What's the forecast for tomorrow?

It's meant to be nice, possibly the best day of the week

What do you feel like doing?

Wouldn't mind getting those bulbs in, what about you?

Carry on tidying up in the garage if that's alright?

Which is about as far as Management and I ever get in the forward planning department.  Which is also about as far as we got Monday night until a flurry of text messages between me and the builder changed our plans;  I'm guessing that whatever he thought he was doing today suddenly fell through and fitting in a day with us filled a gap 😀

As so it was that Wayne and Keith arrived promptly at 8.00am.
First job, do "something" with the ground between our two main sheds to create an working area that we can sweep clean.

It turned out to be a marvellous way to get rid of old roof tiles, broken bits of paving slab and a couple of buckets of stones which hadn't been dumped somewhere else!

And an excellent use for a selection of paving slabs which have been laying around for ages looking for a purpose in life.  If there is one problem it is that Wayne has done such a wonderful job that it makes everything else look really shabby . . .

Swiftly followed by the job they originally came to do which was lift some slabs on the patio and relay them so that we no longer had a large puddle every time it rained.

As Management and I had been 'forced' into an unusually early start (by our normal standards) there was really no excuse not to get a fair bit done.   I had numerous tubs of Alium 'Purple Sensation' which did not do very well last year and should grow better in the ground, and despite being extra-ordinarily restrained and not buying hundreds of Dutch bulbs like I did last Autumn, I found four packets of gorgeous Fritillaria uva-vulpis in a BM store last week and couldn't resist - well, at 99p each it would have been churlish to leave them behind! They are originally from Iran and Turkey, really not sure if they will like wet Cumbrian winters.

Planting the aliums was remarkably easy - dig a hole, tip out contents of pot upside down onto soil, then tip it back into hole the right way up; they now have two choices . . .

And of course, after planting comes mulching.  A huge, thick, generous layer and as we were getting to the end of the bark pile some of the material had been sitting on our drive so long it was starting to compost into beautful crumbly stuff.  Once Management realised just HOW MUCH we were putting on the bulb bed I think a little light went off in his head .... and he decided that one way or another THE PILE was being cleared today.

So by the time we'd both collapsed the drive was clear (but he moved his car before I could photograph all the lovely empty space!) and not only was the bulb bed thoroughly covered but both small beds by the Big Pond, and a load of extra on the staggered beds by the lawn.

Finally, it would be inappropriate to conclude without issuing a bulletin on Her Majesty:   Daisy was fairly unimpressed with the day because I had the tractor out (she hates the noise) and Keith was cutting paving slabs with a massive Stihl saw (she hates the noise).  Her Ladyship graced me with with her presence for a little while when I was planting bulbs, but sulked indoors for most of the day until Wayne and Keith had left, by which time I think the antibiotics had started to work, she wasn't limping so much, and she wanted company.

I don't know that she was intentionally crashing my photos but I wouldn't put it past her ....

She did manage to leave her 'mark' on the pointing before it was dry.

If we had planned to do so much today we are unlikely to have achieved it, but no complaints that we've cleared the drive (possibly a few complaints during Bake Off about tired legs or aching muscles though!)   Tomorrow may well be very quiet.


  1. That was certainly a good day & no wonder you were complaining of aching muscles. Daisy does seem to like photo bombing, but then we all love seeing her pop into at least a few. I do hope the Fritillarias do well as they look really pretty on the pack. The garden is looking very lush in places now. Take care.

    1. Thanks Susan. It was a great day and I think M. is delighted to have room to park his car properly!

      We're both tired today so will be staying close to home and chilling out, we've earned it :-)

      Not surprised the garden is looking solush with all the rain we've had .... sigh

  2. You are always so busy. I don't know how you do it, although I understand the necessity to complete certain jobs when the weather is good. Your builders have done a lovely neat job and I especially love Daisy's personal touch. Glad to read her paw is improving. X

    1. Hi Jules, I don't think of it as being busy - more a case of having far too many time-consuming hobbies and interests! What you never see on the blog is the days when I "veg out" and read for most of the day, or like today when both M. and I are physically tired from yesterday - he popped out earlier to stock up on milk and bread and all the pair of us have done since is muck around on our PC's (oh, and walk Daisy who is limping much less, thank goodness)

  3. Your builders have done a lovely job and your garden looks gorgeous. Lovely to hear Daisy is on the mend, all those good wishes and antibiotics are doing the trick. Take a leaf out of Daisy's book and rest up when you are hurting, it's nature's way of telling you. Daisy is a clever girl leaving her mark in the pointing, she deserves an extra treat for that :)

    1. Don't worry Eileen, both Daisy and I have had a very restful couple of days :-)

  4. That looks and sounds like a job well done by everyone, the garden looks great. It's good to hear that Daisy's paw is getting better too :)

    1. Thanks Eunice, hard work but we knew we had to get on with it before a couple of days of rain.

  5. I hope you are more successful with the fritillaries than I was.

    1. Cheers Sue, I seem to get on OK with the Snakes Head Fritillary. There's argument as to whether they are native or a european import from the 17th century, so fingers crossed for these new ones which are definitely not native.


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