Monday, 26 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Himself being the inventive genius that he is decided that modern technology just wasn't going to cut it and we had to think laterally ..........to the Flintstones.
Himself reckons that "next time" (whaaah!) he'll get the axel hole more central!
Note how Himself adopted a supervisory role at this point! He claimed it was necessary to allow the girls to fully experience how useful levers are in the real world and how even slightly built people can move huge objects with them! Neat trick I reckon!
Friday, 16 January 2009
Ceefa cat was very nearly the first casualty of the pond - he couldn't resist jumping onto the fleece liner to have a closer look at the underside of the butyl. It was only the lump that gave him away. It's no wonder Himself calls him 'Einstein'!
After almost a year of working on the garden I was finally getting water into my pond - and into my socks! Yes, that's right, I wasn't watching the water and it snuck up on me - much to the amusement of everyone else. I'm just a source of amusement some days - ho hum!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Above is Himself doing a bit of digging for me. The fruit cage is the topside of him and part of the vegetable garden is to the left of him. We have to cage and net a lot of our stuff because the birds, squirrels, foxes and badgers eat them or dig them up!
We were on Curbar Edge - where climbers often train for Alpine or Himalayan ascents, but no-one was training that day!
It was about -5 and very misty, giving a very surreal, but beautiful sort of air to it all. It was definately a day for thermal undies!
Having faffed about with photos and enjoyed my memories of that walk, I now feel in a much better frame of mind - so, a bit more about the garden me thinks!
The top pond took some digging and ended up over a metre deep and about two+ metres wide at its widest point.
Friday, 9 January 2009
The photo is one sent to me by a friend as her interpretation of what I'd described!!!
This is looking southwards down the garden. I have already dug the rough outline of the pond and begun to tackle the depths! It was quite hard going as there is not much topsoil at this side of the garden, so the sandstone bedrock is only about 18" down. It's also had years of being pushed about by tree roots, bramble etc, so it crumbles into large jaggedy chunks as soon as you look at it - I got through about eleventeen pairs of gardening gloves scraping it all out! I also slept well after 'digging days'!
The circle of stones will one day become my Tai Chi training circle and the small mound of earth by the green trug will become the island - honest!
Am I not the epitome of gardening elegance?!
I am standing in the footings for one of the paths. Himself (my beloved husband, Andy) thought that traffic in my garden would be heavy, so insisted that I dig footings worthy of a motorway - or perhaps he just liked me all hot and sweaty!!!
The hosepipe is the proto-stream in that it shows where I wanted the stream route to end up - which it (more or less) has!
As the digging was such hard going - and jolly boring, I kept switching onto other, more interesting, things hence the reason it all looks 'bitty' at this point. Plus I was still the only one who really understood what I was trying to achieve!
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
My ideas for the Japanese garden were very clear in my head - but far less clear when I tried to articulate them to my long suffering family. So I initially settled for planting 3 different sorts of bamboo as my lower boundary and left them to get on with some serious growing whilst we tackled the necessary renovations indoors......4 years later, the bamboos were fatter but I was no nearer having my garden.
Having continued to fail to convey my ideas, I decided to just get on with it!
My friend and staunch supporter, Sarah, came to help me clear the area, along with my younger daughter, Laura. Proof of the state of the area before we started was lost when I accidently deleted a load of photos from my husband's camera (- I am not the most technically proficient of people at times!), so you'll just have to believe me about just how bad it was.
The pond as it was early last summer.