…Made even better by the fact that there was no hedge to cut!

Ian had already put the kettle on as I arrived -this time lighting a small fire in the barbeque that The Old Fella had left us.  And a fine cup of tea it made, too!

The weather today was forecast to be very rainy, but as it hadn’t started by mid-morning, we decided to light the ‘Big Boys Burning Fire’ in the old oil drum and see if we could get rid of some of the privet cuttings.Two red cabbages make a showing.

After a couple of false starts, we finally got it going, and were merrily burning at a great rate of knots when there was a loud cry from over the bottom fence; “Aaaargh!  I’ve got my washing out!!!”


Still, as soon as the lady asked us, we put it out very quickly -we had water on standby in case of; ‘Fire In The Hold!!’ (…Which when you really get it going, happens surprisingly often -and surprisingly quickly!..)

So, at a bit of a loss for jobs, we decided to properly stake the pear tree to stop it swaying alarmingly even in the slightest breeze.

Now, Diane has said that we probably shouldn’t stake this tree -she’s all for ‘letting it naturally be’, but I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I’m afraid I must disagree slightly.  The way it swayed in even the slightest breeze can’t have been good for the roots.

Ian had found a three foot metal spike some time ago, so I very carefully positioned it as close to the trunk as possible, then very gentle tapped it in using a lump hammer.  I’m sure I didn’t hit any roots as it went in.

When there was only about a foot of the rod sticking up out of the ground, Ian and I very carefully put some plastic sacking round the delicate trunk, then bound it securely to the stake with some of that blue rope there seems to be so much of.

Of course, in all the excitement, I didn’t get a photo of it, but promise to tomorrow!

We then went to ‘play’ in the greenhouse.  We planted some more peas, and I went around taking photos of stuff.  That shot up to the right is one of the pots of red cabbage that Ian planted a while ago, and if you look carefully, you can just see the two young seedlings showing themselves.The early peas are making a go of it.

This shot to the left here are the first early peas that Ian put in, already making a go of it.  In a week or so, these will be ready to go out, and we’d better get some proper netting up to try to combat the ever-greedy pigeons.

After we’d done all this, we just sat on the patio, idly chatting; planning where stuff is going to go.

All great fun!

Tomorrow is a LEAF afternoon, but I’ll be down first thing to carry on pottering in the greenhouse.  Ian will be down later, so we’ll have to see what trouble we can get in before heading up the lane to LEAF!

And yes, I’ll get the photo of the pear tree!


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