Part one of the plan to remove the rodents from the house is underway. Stripping the ivy from the wall in the courtyard should hopefully remove their ladders and make it more difficult for them to gain access to the loft.
It’s a messy job, for sure. Bin after bin was filled with waste, along with tons of the dryer material which we’ll keep for the chiminea.
Once the ivy is removed, that wall will be painted. I’ve decided not to grow any more climbers, instead, I’ll put up hanging baskets, and mount my ship’s wheels, along with other bits and pieces. That should add a little interest.
Astonishingly, since the ivy has been removed there hasn’t been sight nor sound of the little blighters! The holes haven’t been sealed yet, nor have Buddy’s services been called upon. It can’t REALLY be that easy? Can it?
The other night, Buddy was chasing something or other in the courtyard, and whatever it was, it took off over the fence. He began butting the fence and I seriously thought he’d smash through it. This fence has been here since we moved in twenty eight years ago, my neighbour tells me it’s been there since she moved in thirty seven years ago….struth! That’s sure value for money! However, it’s now wafer thin and needs replacing, all twelve panels, so, all the plants and climbers need cutting back or digging up. A mammoth task! I shall console myself by thinking how all will be well, hopefully by summer. Looks like the entire courtyard is up for a re-model!
We’re also waiting on builders to rip the bathrooms out as the floors have rotted due to the recent leaking pipes, they may also need to remove the kitchen and hall floors.
I’m taking deep breaths and chanting, ommmmmmm….
I still have dozens of plants that were dug up in preparation for the flagging last year. All these roses are pruned and need planting. Yes, and that pond needs clearing too! I haven’t ventured into the front garden yet, there, a ton of leaves sit on my spring bulbs. At least I can get stuck in now though as I’m not broken anymore!
Today, it actually stopped raining! Can’t argue with that! Still windy though, all the wrought iron birds are floored!
I was astonished to find an avocado growing in a planter in the courtyard. Being something of a squirrel, I often plant stones and seeds from fruits that should never, ever grow here. This is a tropical plant, yet it grows in our frigid winter! It’s now potted up in the greenhouse.
In other news, a friend and I took Annie out for a long walk, this is another first for me. Hubs has managed the leads to date, so I was delighted to walk her, all by myself. It won’t be long before I’m walking both dogs. I always take Buddy out on his own as he’s a squealer around other dogs.
I’ve been living on soup, of late, can’t get enough of the stuff! It’s just perfect on bleak, cold days. This batch was a great success, Asian spicy vegetable noodle soup……oh my!
Went to see Jersey Boys, y’know, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, absolutely fabulous!