Today we bring tales from the riverbank

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.
Detail of labyrinth landscaping - see cleared area on right hand side

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:

Now we can get this close to the river...
Now we can get this close to the river…

Now showing Mike to help add a sense of scale
Mike included, to help add a sense of scale
Julie and Yvonne, the intrepid ground clearing team
Julie and Yvonne, the intrepid ground clearing team
And they have found this little pool which should provide a lovely place to venture in the summer
And they have found this little pool which should provide a lovely place to venture in the summer
I think there might be something down there worth looking at !
I think there might be something down there worth looking at !
Now for Yvonne's photos - this of Mike at the end of the cleared path
Now for Yvonne’s photos – this of Mike at the end of the cleared path
And the view  from where Mike was standing
And the view from where Mike was standing