This aged fence should be the miracle, hanging on as it did!
It was literally held together by ivy and once that was removed it began to fall down!
Is it just me, or does that ancient, source of all ivy, to the left of this pic, gnarled branches and all, have an eye? Be there druids present???
In those patient, hardy, resilient, and just waiting to become triffid branches, I see the shapes of a man, woman and child. Anyone else see that???? Love to know!
I wouldn’t take my chances re cutting that down, it’s far older than me. I’ll cut it back, but never kill it.
This area of the courtyard looks like it’s been struck by a hurricane, all the pots and other paraphernalia have been moved here from the main courtyard.
The chaps spent four hours with pick axes and chain saws trying to remove tree roots and huge ivy stumps. I was doubtful that they’d finish in a day, so kept a regular supply of coffee flowing.
Finally, they sorted all fifteen panels, these twelve, and three to the right turn of this pic, and, as promised in just one day!
This is a beauty shot, believe it or not, you should have seen this area after they left, every flag was six inches deep in mud and large pebbles. I should have taken a before picture, but was so stressed looking at all that mud that I just got stuck into clearing it. Mud and dogs do not bode well, despite having a steam mop!
It’s all been a race against time.
Y’see, we’re off on holiday, for over a month, in a couple of days, and that means the entire house needs cleaning, the type of deep cleaning you only do when you see everything through the eyes of another.
Windows have been washed, well, the worst ones, and furniture has been pulled out and hoovered behind, along with skirting boards being scrubbed free of dog mud. Of course the cupboards needing sorting, along with the oven, microwave, freezer and fridge.
I’m back to utterly loathing housework with a vengeance, on and on it goes! How do things get so darn grimy!!!
Now, all that remains in the courtyard is to put all the pots and other items back and hose everywhere down….is there enough time? Planting will be commence once I’m home.
Over a month’s supply of pet food/bird seed still needs buying and there’s packing and printing off to do….sighs….you should see the endless to do lists that just keep getting longer.
The builders who were due to sort the rotten floors, remember the flood…. have been put on hold until we get back, apparently the house needs dehumidifying for two weeks once the floors are up. That sounds such fun….NOT!
Drum roll please! It actually stopped raining/sleeting for a few hours recently, and the wind dropped, allowing hubs and I to enjoy lunch outdoors, AND, the sun came out, cold and bright, but still, it came out!
Oh….and my vegan spag bol is nothing short of miraculous too, btw….just saying! Melts in the mouth it does.
A few hours later it was back to sleeting!
The poor front garden needs clearing but that will have to wait until I get home. I’ll miss all the spring bulbs, but I certainly won’t miss our dismal, grim, spirit-sucking weather! I still haven’t had my one day of snow, bet that happens while I’m away!
So, where are we going? Well, we fly into Vietnam, then, two weeks later we’re off to Cambodia, after that nothing much is planned yet, apart from our flight back from Singapore. This time I shall hopefully blog while travelling as I never get around to posting much about holidays once home.
One thing I will be doing is travelling light! One suitcase only, I swear on my mothers’ thimble!
So guys…I shall catch up with you all when I get home, until then, my friends…..xxx