The weather has been mild. Sometimes quite sunny.
The big project for this year – a renovation of the enclosed yard.
I fully started work on the renovation of the back yard, or, as my friend Liz refers to the plans A Sitootery So, all those lovely plans for our enclosed yard… BIG ideas. LUSH ideas.
In the cold light of a few weeks on from the plans being hatched the true £ cost is starting to dawn on me so I am trying to find ways of achieving the same results with a CONSIDERABLY reduced budget. (by early May the budget is blown out of the water!!)
Step 1. Gravel on the lower part of the yard and on the step. Used a plank to hold step gravel in place. Looks better already.
Step 2. Gardener chap pickaxing up the smaller patch of old concrete ready for more gravel. Result is all gravel and the remaining large lovely sandstone slabs.
Step 3. Painting the 2 brick walls a very very very pale lavender blue.
Step 4. Using the old plank of wood (which for me started life as one end of a open aspect wardrobe thing) to create a raised planted for lavenders.Ha ha. Hector was making the long rectangular planter I requested. Great use of old wood it thought. All was going well, I even helped a bit. Almost done and the side/leg needed to be fixed on. Minor adjustments made, glue in place, leg/side slotted and screwed and glued in place. It was at that point I noticed it was all the wrong way up! I.e legs at the top! Ho ho.
Step 5. Buying LOTS of lavender and some feature plants.
Step 6. Buying a Gudrun Sjoden very special outdoor table cloth. Expensive but really looks right.
Step 7. Finding a nice outdoor mirror and outdoor fairy lights.
Oh I SAY! A new Gordons Gin with Elderflower! They must have created it just for me…. who”s going to the shops first then…….
Scientists discover ”eighth colour of the rainbow. A wonderfully understated, classy and intelligent April Fool from the iPaper. As you”d expect from them…..
I watch Coronation Street. Always loved it. Very funny scripts and characters. The best recently is Steve and Peter wake up in bed together…. They are playing it à la Morecambe & Wise, especially Steve. Funny.
While searching for my drivers license…..I came across these.
Hector, Rosie and I went to the Dalston Point-to-Point today. Very enjoyable. Windy and chilly but great fun. We tried to pick winner, though only did ok in the first couple of races. Its a very ”county” event..
15th April. Hurrah! Almost three weeks earlier this year! Saw the first swallow – in Lazonby – as I drove to work.
Would the low life crook who has tried to use my debit card to buy a Dell computer kindly go and disappear down a deep dark smelly hole! You have caused endless hassle and stress and have rendered my bank account inaccessible for the entire Easter weekend while I wait for a new card! And yes – I AM very careful using the card – almost paranoid.
Amelanchier – I love the shining little star blossoms. I”ve squeezed two of these trees into our postage stamp garden. Amelanchier, also known as shadbush, shadwood or shadblow, serviceberry or sarvisberry, wild pear, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum or wild-plum, and chuckley pear is a genus of about 20 species
Was off for 10 days over EAster. LOVELY!
Dropped my car off for its MOT and decided to walk back (about 4.5miles) mostly uphill but all countryside. Bearing in mind a dodgy hip H didn”t expect me to manage and was waiting for me to call to be rescued. I was doing fine (apart from blisters on my little toes) and was almost back when he turned up anyway and was very surprised I was so close to home. Bless him.
A little old fella has these two. One Westie goes along in the home made trolley and the other walks by his side. They sit quietly and patiently outside the shop while the old man buys his paper. Really gladdens the heart.