This week has been quite an out-door-sy week, and also very productive.
On Tuesday, which was in theory my day off, the weather forecast was for a fine day so I chose to spend it in the wilderness we are slowly transforming into garden. I started by positioning plants around the labyrinth, many of which grew from cuttings taken in our Norfolk garden, so if they don’t thrive obviously I will blame the conditions rather than our horticultural skills. We then planted them in our really quite poor and very moist soil, with the four apple and one pear tree purchased on Friday.
Mike and I matted the planted areas on Wednesday and whilst I continued planting, Mike shovelled the slate chippings. He also assembled two more benches to go into the polytunnel, and spent some time repairing more of the damage caused when Doris blew through. On Thursday, whilst still clearing and planting the labyrinth surround, I managed to uncover a path which we think probably reaches from the car park to the labyrinth level.
Today, though, has been the absolute highlight of the week and its mostly thanks to Julie and Yvonne who have arrived to spend the weekend in Wales. We had previously asked them to bring their climbing gear so that they could try to find a path down to the river. Even in rather damp conditions, they fought their way through the jungle of bramble and other overgrowth and then hauled this up to the lower level garden. The views that this has opened up are fantastic, so I hope you will excuse the excess of photos which follow: