Browsing Posts published on 28/06/2010

In the heat of the day.

Putting the glass (…actually, its virtually unbreakable polycarbonate…) in our ‘main’ greenhouse has been a project that has stalled somewhat…

…Anyway, its finally going in before the weekend, and Ian Ward and Nick Ward (no relation) have kindly er, volunteered to fit the four automatic louvres and four automatic window-openers for the roof.

The greenhouse back in early March 2010

The greenhouse back in early March 2010

Simple job, they thought.  Get it done in no time.

No danger.

Here is a shot of one of the sides from seemingly way back in early March this year. The 3rd to be precise.

If you double-click this image a couple of times to enlarge it, you will notice the door, laying on it’s side.  If you’re really sharp-eyed, you’ll notice it has a cat-flap in the bottom.

Well, we wouldn’t want Mitzi to get cold in winter would we?!

A trial louvre was purchased, and Ian and Nick (no relation) had to figure out how to attach it to the steel frame of one of the side windows.

After a fair amount of ‘humming’ and ‘hawing’, they agreed that rather than fit it directly to the steel frame, they’d put chocks of wood either side like this:-

First louvre left

First louvre left

This is the left hand side of the first louvre -the ‘dumb’ side without the operating lever.  Quite by chance, Ian and Nick (no relation) managed to find a scrap length of wood that was exactly the right dimensions after they cut it to length.

Rather a neat solution, no?

The alternative would have been mounting them directly, and this would have been fiddly and, well, pratty (…in the author’s opinion.).

Frist right hand louvre

Right hand louvre

Next came the fun in fitting the right hand louvre, first with the handle, then working out just how on earth they were going to fit the automatic opener to it.

Anyway, they managed it, and the shot on the right shows just how they did it, this time showing in better detail the wood used between the frame and the louvre.

You can also see here the black auto-opener without the top adjusting screw fitted and how it connects to the aluminium handle.

The Sweet Williams and Lavender.

As you enter LEAF from the main road, through the old green painted iron gate, down the steps, you can’t help but notice to your left, a blaze, a riot of color and as you breathe in deeply, you can’t help but notice the sweet fragrance of lavander assault your nostrils.

This is because the top four-most beds as you walk down the path with the old wooden-stake fence have been planted, not only with autumn and spring garlic and onions, but on their ends nearest the fence have been planted with Sweet William and Lavender.

Close up, they look like this:-

Dark Sweet William

Dark Sweet William

Abolutely gorgeous to behold.

Red Sweet William

Red Sweet William

In about six or seven different colours.

So, the total effect is something like this:-

All Sweet Wiilams
All Sweet Williams

So, apart from the blue bins in the background, you’ll agree they’re pretty good to be greeted by.

Just a few of the many, many reasons why we love working down at LEAF!
(These photos have not been re-touched with ‘Photoshop’.  This is how they really are.  Honest.)


Don’t get me wrong, I just love this heat.

It means I have every excuse to do less than nothing; not that I ever really need much of one normally, but you know what I mean…

A fortnight ago, well, a fortnight by The Big People’s clocks you understand, it was much cooler, so I was kept very busy most days, out catching and eating everything from birds to my complete favourite, squirrels.

I just love those things.  Pretty difficult to catch, but when I do, I quickly kill it, then eat it.

All of it.  Delicious!

Well, apart from the tail, you understand; I keep their tails as ‘trophies’.

Now, the Big Person, Diane has taken some pictures of me as I eat one, but she says that our readers would really, honestly, not like to see them.  Especially if its just after their dinner.  Dunno why, but well, she’s The Big People’s boss, and apparently what she says, goes.

Well, that’s as maybe, but when I want something, then she quickly finds out just who’s the boss round here.

So, this last few days has seen The Big People here every day, which has been pretty good for me, all told.

Not only do I love the Big People’s company (…please don’t tell them, it’ll only go to their heads…), but as I’ve said before it means I don’t have to worry much about food for the whole day -They’ll feed me twice! See how well I have them trained!

Anyway, I’m much too tired by all this heat, so if you don’t mind, there’ll be no photos today, but if I can be bothered, I may post some more up of me soon.

Oh, and rumour has it that I have two new recruits starting pretty soon.  Young Odin (…who owns Ian…) and Young Alfie (…who owns Nick (no relation)).

By all accounts, they’re still pretty raw to this outdoor-living, but I’ll soon lick them into shape.

Oh yes.

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