A couple of new fences, ancient ivy, a small miracle, and off a-travelling

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!

The miracle?

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!

And Finally….

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

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  29 comments for “A couple of new fences, ancient ivy, a small miracle, and off a-travelling

  1. February 14, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Have fun!! You go to the best places!

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Casa, I am looking forward to seeing these countries, they have been on my wish list for a long time.xxx

  2. veggiemummy
    February 14, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Your new fence panels look wonderful and well done on clearing all that mud! The ivy stump definitely looks magical! I’m so envious of your impending holiday. L had the best time there last year; you’re in for a treat. Any chance of that melt in the mouth veggie spag bol recipe on your return? xx

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Veggiemummy, it was good to see the back of all that mud, the dogs would have run that everywhere! I remember L going to those countries, and having a marvelous time. I am looking forward to visiting.
      Re the spag bol, I use the Tesco’s vegan soya mince, a jar of red sauce, and fresh tomatoes.
      The sauce, vegan mince and chopped fresh tomatoes go into a large pan with a mug of water, along with a tin of kidney beans. I then fry garlic, mushrooms and a large onion and add them to the pot along with a mug of peas. I add dried herbs, a splash of Worcester sauce, chili flakes and salt and pepper. I simmer the lot for 30 minutes. I always toss the spaghetti in a little chili olive oil after cooking. It’s really simple and sooooo tasty! Hope you enjoy!xxx

  3. February 14, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Fencing looks great….job well done.

    You will need that holiday after all that cleaning.

    Holiday sounds wonderful.
    Have a fabulous time. Look forward to your posts.

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Cheryl, it’s good knowing that the dogs will be secure, that old fence was waiting to fall down! I am looking forward to our travels!xxx

  4. Jo
    February 14, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I bet you’re glad you’ve tackled the fence before you go away, that’s one less job to do once you’re home. Have a wonderful time, I look forward to hearing all about your travels.

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      I am glad the fences are sorted, I was worrying about Laura keeping the dogs secure, it’s a relief knowing it’s now secure. Thanks Jo, looking forward to our travels.xxx

  5. February 14, 2018 at 10:57 am

    It’s all starting to look really good. Enjoy your travels. xx

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Flighty, it will be good seeing a warm sun again!xxx

  6. Kitty
    February 14, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    What a huge amount of clearing and cleaning you’ve accomplished, Dina! Whew, girl, are you sure a month’s holiday will be long enough for your raveled spirit to knit itself back to wholeness?!

    It all looks beautiful, and how grand it feels to get it done before you go! I love coming home to a reasonably clean home.

    Have a wonderful, safe, merry, and surprising (but all pleasing) time, with enough rest and adventures to gladden your most deserving spirit!

    • Snow Bird
      February 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      There is always so much to sort out before going away isn’t there? I’m glad the new fences are in, I would have been worrying non-stop about the dogs if we hadn’t sorted them. That is a relief. I am looking forward to our travels, but I do miss my fur babies something awful. Still, I know they love Laura and are in their own home enjoying their usual routines.
      It is good when the house has had a spring clean isn’t it? I should be grateful I’m able to do it, how soon we forget surgery eh? Thanks Kitty. Hugs and love to you all.xxxx

  7. February 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    My goodness, what a marathon effort, well done Dina, you must have worked non-stop! You’ve had some very difficult months – enjoy your holiday, and duck the bugs, and come back fighting fit with some irreplaceable memories. Bon voyage and hugs xx

  8. Snow Bird
    February 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks Gill, I do feel like I’ve been on the go for the last few months. There have been some strange months too. I’m thrilled that I am able to walk pain free again, this trip would have been impossible without my hip operation. It’s like a distant memory now. I hope it warms up here for you all, I’m looking forward to a little sunshine, I can’t seem to get the cold out of my bones. Roll on spring eh?xxx

  9. February 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Have a lovely holiday …. You deserve it after all the massive clearing and cleaning you’ve had to do. We moved out when our house was getting painted & when we got back it looked like heaven!

  10. Snow Bird
    February 15, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Thanks Gerrie, looking forward to an adventure. That is certainly the way to do it….moving out! I’m with you there.xxx

  11. February 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I had to laugh at your cleaning, and your mention of seeing your place through the eyes of another. I know that well. It’s related to my dear, late mother’s caution to always wear nice undies, just in case I landed in the hospital! Wouldn’t want people tsk-tsking, now would we?

    Happy travels to you! It looks like everything will be safe and secure while you’re gone, and we’ll look forward to hearing from you now and then — at least a word, so we know all’s well.

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Your mother sounds very similar to mine! Especially re the undies! Thanks Linda, I’m very much looking forward to travelling, I hope to blog as I go this time! xxx

  12. Glo
    February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

    What an amazing amount of work you do ~ the prep work for your fence, and for travelling takes some much energy and time. Well done! I hope you have a most wonderful vacation and do look forward to see how you are enjoying yourself, if you blog as you go.

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Glo, I’m hoping to blog as I go as I’ve never managed that before, and then once home, forget so much. It seems to have been all go here, one way or another, for months, I suppose our trip will be busy too, but the kind of busy I like. xxx

  13. February 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    You have been so busy, your new fences look so smart and they will keep your dogs nice and safe while you are away. You certainly have deserved your holiday, have fun and a good rest! Will look forward to your posts.

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Pauline, it’s such a relief knowing the dogs will be safe, ancient fences do not inspire confidence! xxx

  14. February 15, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Wow….the garden fence looks great and I do see human form in the trunk, You have done so much work……and off to Cambodia…fabulous. By the way I will also be doing a deep clean before I go to the States for the month of May. Nothing worse than coming home to a grubby house.
    I will be e mailing soon re your coming to kent….still haven’t had a chance to check out B & Bs etc., but will. I am definitely looking at Canterbury in September.

    Have a fabulous trip and I for one will look forward to receiving your blogs. janet xxxxxxx

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks Janet, good to see that ancient fence sorted, at least I’ll have peace of mind re the dogs while away. Lucky you going to the States for a month….that will be interesting for sure! Count hubs and I in re September, he’s wanting to stay in Leeds Castle! What fun we shall have, really looking forward to it!xxxx

  15. February 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

    It’s never easy to get things ship-shape after a mucky upheaval, yet you do it even though you’ve not long recovered from your ortho op. A M A Z I N G!

    Your planned and informal explorations around the globe sound exciting. Am I right in thinking you have been in those general directions before?

    You’ll have a great time and benefit from some warmth that we’re not getting here. Your home weather sounds as if it has similarities to ours. You don’t want our blizzards though, regretfully, we’ll have to keep those to ourselves.

    Bon Voyage to both of you. I Look forward to hearing about some of your glorious adventures. xxx

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Menhir, I am so pleased to be able to get on with things again, sometimes I throb afterwards but it’s all good! Yes, we have been to these parts of the world before, but never Vietnam or Cambodia, I have always wanted to visit these countries, we always end up or start in Singapore, it’s a lovely relaxing place. I can’t wait for a little warmth, but I don’t like it too hot….sighs… I’d go with too hot over your blizzards though, you have had utterly appalling weather, here’s to that improving! xxx

  16. February 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    All that work and cleaning makes me tired. You do have exciting adventurous trips. I am looking forward to reading all about it and seeing the photos. Have fun and take care.

    • Snow Bird
      February 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Hahaha, yes, it makes me tired too, and BORED! The reward I suppose is getting to visit wonderful countries, really looking forward to that. Lots more planes, trains, boats etc. Thanks Chloris.xxx

  17. February 16, 2018 at 3:38 am

    The new fence looks great! Enjoy your trip to Cambodia! You are quite the adventurer.

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