Sunshine in North Wales

I hope you have all enjoyed sunny weather similar to ours. It has been gloriously sunny here, with relatively little wind, so we have not been able to resist being out in the grounds.
My apologies therefore to anyone following this blog looking for pictures of demolition – that will follow next time, after the weather changes.

On Saturday, Mike planted 4 further fruit trees and then gravelled the bed whilst I served a group of about a dozen cyclists – our first group this year who enjoyed sitting outside in the sun – and the many customers who followed them. In fact it was so busy I had to have a brief kip in the afternoon before we prepared for our musical evening with Pam and Ivor! As the evening progressed, I was glad I had had a kip since the audience was a very dancing one and Charlotte (who had popped by to run the bar) and I obviously were honour bound to do our best to keep the side up.

Sunday was a relatively quiet day which, as usual, required us to be in the cafe as Jane was having a delayed weekend. So a quiet day was very useful since we were both pretty tired after the Friday/Saturday events combo. I spent some of the afternoon in the garden whilst Mike managed the cafe.

When I first went out, this was the only part of the garden in sun so I got stuck in...
When I first went out, this was the only part of the garden in sun so I got stuck in…

...and after a bit raking and tweaking, it looks like this!
…and after a bit of raking and tweaking, and some planting (which you probably can’t see yet) it looks like this!

Yesterday and today, Mike ran the cafe whilst I progressed the garden further. I have now finished planting and matting the area behind the labyrinth, and have also pulled a lots of junk down from the cliff edge, including a tree which blew over when Doris passed through.

In this picture you can see that the slope is under bramble, weeds etc - next time I will show how lovely it looks now!
In this picture you can see that the slope is under bramble, weeds etc – next time I will show how lovely it looks when this has gone

Over lunch yesterday we met some of the new group of workmen on the railway, one of whom kindly showed me a video of their explosive talents, blowing up an overhang over the railway. Around 4-ish I decided to take advantage of the unusual weather conditions and set light to the heap of stuff we have been clearing from the garden over the last few months. The pile went up very quickly which shows how dry it has been. But it was useful to lose this before the rain comes, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

This afternoon, Mike and I managed a couple of hours together in Llanrwst – partly to pay in the Red Nose monies, and partly to just spend some time together without tools or cafe implements in our hands!

So a couple of fun shots to end with:
firstly, the flowers Charley, Tom, Will and Phil sent for Mothers day

Flowers from the lovely offspring
Flowers from the lovely offspring – thanks, guys.

and a picture of me sporting an extra gift from Charley – my new overalls, ready for the next phase of heavy work, re-starting tomorrow!
Snazzy, no?!
Snazzy, no?!