Still busy not building…

We are really grateful to our wonderful guests for choosing to stay with us, which keeps us on our toes and is also replenishing the coffers ready for the autumn building programme. It also means we haven’t done a stroke of building work for nearly two months now, which is a very strange state of affairs for us. In addition to our guests, family visited over the Bank Holiday and went walking…

…in the wonderful landscape in which we are privileged to live…

…so Pip decided to join them. Whilst I admired their energy, I elected instead to study the garden. It has turned decidedly autumnal here with dewy mornings and cool evenings, and I realise I really must work up the plans for the landscape soon. You can see below that the slope that falls away from the car park down to the lower garden is very steep and mostly clothed with bramble, nettles, and random weed. Once the stairs have been fixed firmly in place, I plan to start working outwards from the stairs to clear the junk and replace it with cleared rock or pockets of planting.

Some of the land to clear is pretty inaccessible so it will take a while. I am hoping that working out from a defined start point will enable me to gently clear and replant over the next 5 years resulting in a more groomed look.

But this may require an awful lot of plants, and we have just dismantled the polytunnel! Mike and I chose to visit a local plant nursery during the week – we realised when we got into the car that it was the first car journey we had taken together since Lockdown began – to look at the available plants and obviously there were a few I couldn’t resist purchasing…

…but the scale of the challenge is just really hitting home. I have started checking out plant wholesalers on the web, so that once I have drawn up some plans I can be ready to order. I just need to work out how to move some soil into place first…

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