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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

An hour in the garden, an hour on the sewing machine

Clear sky and very frosty first thing.



An hour in the Coppice.  As the first part of the garden to awaken each year it has to be the first area I clean and tidy.  Only a small start but very satisfying:  renewing bark chip, using some of the deliberately saved birch limbs to build up the edges, but not clearing away leaves and natural mulch - it is a sheltered home for a myriad of unseen creatures and provides protection for new buds.





A much nibbled primrose has probably been in bloom for a few days.



In December I drew a plan for a rainbow log cabin.  Whilst that is still on the "will definitely make" list,  a selection of floral scraps have elbowed their way to the front of the queue.  I am going to have to concentrate on this or I will get the colours muddled up - I know exactly what I want to achieve but it is too much of a fiddle to write it down or make a sketch (and without a plan committed to paper I can change my mind as I go along).









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  1. Now is this rainbow log cabin just the name of a particular design or will it actually look like one? Presumably it's not a construction in the garden! lol. I really don't know how you have the patience for any of it, inside or out, I know I wouldn't - now give me a vintage tractor to strip down, rebuild and paint and that's a different matter entirely :)

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    1. ROFLMAO!!!
      You have no idea how close I once came to buying a 1960's Massey Ferguson 35 and completely restoring her!

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  2. Although frosty here this morning, it was more a light dusting than a good old fashioned icy morning.

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  3. I saw some of my plants well nibbled last year and have no idea what was nibbling them not being a gardener. Your rainbow log cabin sounds intriguing :)

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    1. Eileen, probably a mouse . . . it didn't look like typical slug damage

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  4. I now have a vague recollection that log cabin is a patchwork design. However, I did get momentarily excited at the idea of an actual rainbow log cabin in your garden! 😆 Now that should be on the definitely make list. X

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    1. Now that's too funny. After years of using 'sensible' paint colours in the garden, the last few months I've been thinking of jazzing it up a bit this year . . . We shall see, M. and I don't exactly have a great track record at getting all our outdoor painting done :-)

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  5. Rainbow log cabin - who would have thought such a simple (to me) statement would provide so many questions?

    Log Cabin blocks - traditionally made with dark fabrics one side, light fabric the other. I've done that and also made the whole block the same colour, just lots of different fabrics. The 'rainbow' idea was to have two colours per block, arranged to look like a rainbow of colours. Have a look at the photo in blog post 'Playing' - 18th December.

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  6. Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment!!!

    Is that ice, on top of some water, in the first picture? Think it is. Such ice, makes pretty patterns....

    Must look up "coppice." It's part of the garden, of course. But will find out, which part. Love learning new-to-me terms. Like 'verge' and etc. Sooooo pretty... The words we use, don't sound so pretty. ,-) They are familiar, where these, are new, to my ear.

    Love the idea of not disturbing the area, where little "critters" live.

    Happy to meet you!

    Wisps of Words,
    from across the pond.

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    1. Welcome to Bag End, m'dear :)

      Yes, first photo is ice which lasted all day.

      Coppice is an old word for a small wood which is managed by cutting down certain species so the plant puts out lots of new shoots. I decided to call this little section of garden "coppice' because it is where I planted a row of hazel, something traditionally managed by coppicing. In typical Bag End style however, I have never coppiced these plants :)

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  7. Don't know what a rainbow log cabin is, but I will find out. ,-)

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    1. Just ordinary Log Cabin blocks, with fabric colours chosen to make a rainbow.

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