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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Spring Clean - two weeks later

Ooops - where did that last 14 days go? Despite being in lockdown we have been so busy (weather permitting) that some nights it's been almost too much to fix supper before collapsing. Not that I am complaining mind . . .

The weather has sometimes been very co-operative and much of the time been a right pain - bitterly cold winds during the day making it impossible for Management to get my bench sanded, primed and painted as fast as either of us would like, and below freezing most nights so we are playing the "fleece on, fleece off" dance most days. Yesterday he was able to put on the second coat of a bright coloured Cuprinol I had left over from last year and my ta da moment is:



Of course the gorgeous seaside blue bench now makes all the other paintwork look tired and faded, but it will bloomin' well have to stay like that for a while. The only remaining job in the greenhouse is to put gravel down on the path having finally taken up the old bark chip which had rotted down and become beautiful compost.

I had a completely mental day last week when I woke up absolutely determined that the mulch pile on the drive was being relocated.

This is bucket number 121:



The other 120 are here



with the previously filled 58 pots waiting to do good things to the soil in the Coppice.



Whilst he has been painting I have been sowing seeds and working my way round other parts of the garden, particularly the nursery area which has had a big overhaul. The metal feed bin has been in many different places over the years, most recently on the driveway which I hated, but it is now tucked neatly at the end of the nursery and already proving invaluable storage for large tubs and planters.











All the lawns have had their first cut. My ‘cunning plan’ to convert most of the grass to wildflower meadow and let Yellow Rattle colonise the areas is starting to pay dividends because there was surprising little to cut, relative to the time of year and fact it’s the first cut of the season.



We finally made the decision that the large obelisks were now surplus to requirements. Originally bought to give some height to a very new garden, ten years of Cumbrian weather had not done them any favours and in truth, they were in the way and not adding anything to the planting. They are now kindling after Management dismantled them and I had a couple of hours with the chop saw. It felt sad to do this, BUT, they were not expensive, they were a decade old and starting to rot, and did not owe us anything.




I'm trying to clear up the rubbish which continually builds up around the back of the log store so we have emptied what was meant to be a "temporary" extension - about 7 years ago, and will dismantle it soon, and a neighbour was happy to take all the brown mesh which used to live on the big clematis-covered canopy (before we took that down).







There has also been a lovely amount of campervan fettling, and with the easing of lockdown there is soon to be some actual campervan travelling!





19 comments:

  1. Now wonder you are exhausted with all that work & a little break in the campervan will do you no harm. Look forward to seeing the garden flourish over the summer & to hear about some small journeys. Take care & stay safe.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Who said the journeys were going to be small?

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  2. I thought your absence meant you were still cleaning the greenhouse glass :) Great photos of much work and things achieved, and I just love that bench :)

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    1. The glass is as clean as it needs to be right now, and I am glad you like the bench.

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  3. I'm not surprised you've felt exhausted in an evening - you have been busy!
    The bench looks fabulous and I'm now hoping you might make some wonderfully vibrant cushions to go with it :)

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    1. Hi Jules. Busy yes, but in a nice way. One of the fabric options for a big cushion is rather on the 'vibrant' side, but no decision made yet.

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  4. Wow you have been busy. I love the colour of your seaside blue bench and I agree with Jules that it needs some cushions, maybe nautical themed to go on it :) I'm sure you are very excited to be planning your travels in your campervan.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Cushions are planned, two possible fabrics are out for contemplation, but as you know, other things are taking priority. 😉

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  5. No woner you've had no time for blogging - you have been busy!
    I absolutely love the colour of your bench, what a fantastic choice.
    Exciting news about your travel plans. Gilbert came National Trusting with us yesterday and it was lovely to sit with the door open and to be able to boil the kettle rather than using the flask! xxxx

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    1. Cheers Vix, last year as lockdown started I did my best to empty Wilko's shelves of Cuprinol and this was a can not previously opened. It is rather glorious though, isn't it?

      Hope you have more NT visits booked. xx

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  6. Nothing better than having done jobs outside, it's suuny and cold down here in Hampshire, the Frost are not too bad. Just desperate for some rain, it's been dry for weeks, other than 1 night and we are not expecting rain in the next few weeks.

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    1. No rain here either Marlene, and it's not often I can say that :-)

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  7. Wow, you HAVE been busy. That bench is certainly bright, sunglasses needed just to approach it methinks ;-)

    'Temporary' areas make me laugh ... they just go on and on don't they.

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    1. Thank you Sue - I know you understand ~exactly~ what it is like gardening with sufficient space that 'temporary' actually means "months and months, if not years, until we get around to dealing with it properly". {{sigh}}

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  8. That's the very best kind of exhaustion, I think. And I love the bench colour...you inspire me to get more creative with my salvaged plant stands....aka discarded stools that I picked up off the curb and are waiting patiently in the garage. Weather continues to be undecided here as well... 6C today, was 25C last Saturday....botanical confusion abounds. xo

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  9. That's the very best kind of exhaustion, I think. And I love the bench colour...you inspire me to get more creative with my salvaged plant stands....aka discarded stools that I picked up off the curb and are waiting patiently in the garage. Weather continues to be undecided here as well... 6C today, was 25C last Saturday....botanical confusion abounds. xo

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    1. You are so right my dear - the best kind of tired (second only to "having been out on a damn good walk tired").

      I do hope the crazy paint colours inspire you - Management is outside right now, busy sanding the next bench. Not sure what colour it will be but I hope it doesn't end up "grown up and sensible pale green"!

      Hard frost when I got up this morning, right now so warm in the sun I am shedding layers . . . poor plants 😞

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  10. Wow! You've certainly been very productive, it's looking very neat - and I LOVE that blue bench. You've surely earned a jaunt in the campervan. x

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    1. Thank you Mrs T 😍 I finally remembered to look up the lovely blue - it is Cuprinol Garden Shades called 'Beach Blue'.

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