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Monday, 30 April 2018

Maintenance

Behind the scenes there has been a lot going on in the garden that is not gardening.

We are well aware that for the last three or four years not much ongoing maintenance has been done;  Management was too busy/exhausted whilst at work and I was too busy/exhausted from looking after Daisy, working with LP and getting only 3 or 4 hours sleep each night.   For the first few months of Management's retirement we caught up on a lot of indoor jobs, and this Spring have moved outside.  Credit where it is due - it's Management who has been doing most of the work.


He has given the back of the little shed lots of woodworm treatment, and Cuprinol attention too:)



The last two cold frames have been painted, along with the deck they are standing on.



Before Mrs Blackbird moved in he pressure washed some slabs which seem to get slippery very quickly.



Our big shed and the front of the mower shed have been painted, and the trellis was removed, painted and replaced quick because the clematis are growing fast.



We worked together to paint the big gates on the drive, and I've put one coat of a lovely soft green on the pillars, but we found whilst I can wield a paintbrush, picking up a roller triggers my shoulder problem, so I will not be finishing that job.



Whilst I was doing some real gardening and messing around with plants, Management has also refurbished the four big obelisks.



He has also cleaned and powder coated the big ground spikes I use to stop them toppling over, and we plan to get them installed this week.




It almost doesn't feel like Bag End - we're becoming uncharacteristically organised and tidy!




10 comments:

  1. I have been reading through your busy days but not commented - tired after my day in the garden or when I volunteer at the walled garden so today I thought I must really be good and not just dip in and out but actually comment!
    You have been so busy and it is impressive the amount of jobs you are getting through before the growing season well and truly kicks in, this time of year it is almost a race!
    xx

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    1. Thank you Kate. You have been doing better than me by reading and not commenting - I haven't even been reading my favourite blogs recently. Like you we've been outside as much as possible and there's just not enough hours in the day :)

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  2. You've done so much already that I feel quite exhausted just reading about it! :) I presume you little gardening assistant helped too? :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, Gardening Assistant sits around until she is bored, and then I realise she's missing . . . nearly always she has taken herself off to the big slab of memory foam in front of the woodburner!

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  3. Great jobs to have finished, my tiny shed will receive costs if paint this summer.

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    1. Nothing wrong with a tiny shed Marlene, much quicker to paint ... !

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  4. I do like the green colour of the shed and gates and I like your slabs and everything looks so tidy. Lots of hard work for you both. I can't tell you how upset I am about the state of my own garden, I feel a blog post coming on soon :)

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    1. I am sorry your garden is giving you stress Eileen. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  5. We use that lovely green colour. I need some more so that I can restain the patio table and chairs. It;s amazing how new it makes everything look.

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    1. Hi Sue. It's just basic Cuprinol Forest Green, but you are right about how it makes everything look so new and tidy again.

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