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Lindsey designs our new gates!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

They’ve been installed for a few months now, Lindsey wanted some gates fitting at the end of the drive, so she designed them and approached a local fabricator to get them made and installed.

Lindsey's Design

Lindsey's Design

The Gates

The Gates

I’ve just got to remember coming home now driving into the drive, to remember the gates maybe closed!

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Day 4 - Game of Thorns Part 4

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Day 4. - Game of Thorns Part 4

Hopefully today, will be the final day, and I will be able to just run the hedger through the remainder of the hedge. So not as labour intensive, and we can finish early.

The hedge is CUT, just a little tidy up todo around my greenhouse!



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Day 3 - Game of Thorns Part 3

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Day 3. - Game of Thorns Part 3

another Saturday, another weekend, and we are stilling cutting the hedge, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel, as we are now out of the majority of hawthorn and brambles!

Yes, that is a christmas tree in the front garden planted about approx 20 years ago..

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Day 2 - Game of Thorns Part 2

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Day 2. - Game of Thorns Part 2

So my arms got so badly cut up with hawthorn and blackthorn, I’m wearing my leather cow-hide beekeeping gauntlets today, so I look like I’m handling radio active waste, and the thorns are still cutting into my hands and skin through the leather!

This is as far as we’ve got today, and another 8 bags to the dump!

See pictues of what we’ve cut, and what we’ve got to cut, some of this has been cut by hand with just lopers, as it’s too thick for the hedger to go throw.

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Day 1 - Game of Thorns Part 1

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Day 1. - Game of Thorns Part 1

We’ve started to cut the hedge today, Lindsey & I have been busy pruning, well cutting down our hedge which surrounds the house from about 15 foot to 6 foot. The hedge was not cut last year, and it’s grown by 4-5 feet! It’s been a difficult and tiring job, not only the cutting of the hedge, but disposing of all the hedge cuttings to the local dump.

We did ask for quotations to cut hedge but were too expensive…

So here are the first photos of Day 1 the first couple are from the greenhouse side, and then you can see what has been cut, as the bamboo canes were previously hidden and are 8 foot high.

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Cloches R Us - Andy finds some more garden cloches!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

I’ve found two smaller garden cloche, a cobalt blue and clear glass - not sure of there age, but I think the cobalt blue is from a mould, rather than hand blown, as it does not have a pimple on the top!





I’ll be using all these cloches in the garden, to protect seedlings, and plants from frost and mice!

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Electric Cobalt Blue Victorian Garden Bell Cloches

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

I’ve got a bit of a “magpie thing” for blue glass, that’s used in the old medicine bottles….

So when I saw these electric cobalt blue victorian garden bell cloches - I just had to snag them!



I’ve never seen blue versions before, but I have seen clear glass versions. I’m going to use them to protect my pumpkin seedlings from frost. It will be interesting to see how blue light affects the plant growth.

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Spring has Sprung!

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Primula auricula sp.

Primula auricula sp.

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Have you done the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch yet? there is still time ? @Natures_Voice #BigGardenBirdwatch

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

2017-01-29-10_28_19-biggardenbirdwatch-hashtag-on-twitterhere are my results:-


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Time for a chop!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The hedge, but I could also do with a hair and beard trim!

It’s now been 10 years, since we moved to the “Shire”, and in that time the privet hedge grown, to about 5-6 feet high, and 4-5 feet wide, the only problem is the width of the drive is disappearing, and becoming difficult to park the cars!

So time for a chop, but my Bro’ (, a Royal Horticultural Society qualified Horticulturist told me to cut a small portion first, and check if there is any new growth.

I’ve well mulched the hedge, and also watered every night.

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