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Beach Cottage garden update…

Before I did my disappearing act recently I had promised a post update about the work we managed to do at the Beach Cottage during Easter.  We set off from home on Easter Sunday around lunchtime and had a lovely journey up to Scotland calling at Tesco in Dumfries to stock up on a few items.  As we went along the coast road near to Creetown the sun was beginning to set across the bay and I managed to capture one or two atmospheric pictures of the Salmon nets.

Wig Bay Sunset

It was dark by the time we reached our cottage and so it was a surprise in the morning to look out and see the snow-capped hills across the bay from us above and beyond Port William.  The snow in this area just before Easter had been so bad that our village and many others down on the Mull of Galloway had been without electricity for 3 days and this had completely disrupted our heating and I can tell you that the cottage was extremely cold.  Many people had been marooned in their homes and quite a number of sheep died from being buried in the snow.  One lucky ewe had been pulled out alive after 11 days and made the headlines in the local paper.

Luce Bay

We had a lot of work to get through outside.  The rubble pile is now removed with the help of two friends and and their large trailer…yeah.

The Rubble removed

This is the corner of the garden where about 8 trees fell in the winter gales of 2011.  We now have an open view and a badly damaged compost heap.  So we set to and dug out the useable rotted compost and then levelled the site ready to take the new super-duper compost bins.

The Compost Heap 2

The pile in the foreground below is the rotted compost for the garden, the bins have been placed over to the right of the old compost bins, which were only made of netting,  and will soon be removed.

New Compost Bins 2

The paving slabs are to stop the wildlife from burrowing up into the compost.  On our next visit we will be slotting in the front slats and adding some lids then we can transfer the compost into the new bins and hopefully it will rot down fairly quickly.

New Compost bins

Of course we generated quite a lot of garden waste from all the weeding that I did and this will have to be taken to the local tip on our next visit because we had to hire a car for this holiday and it didn’t have a tow bar for our little trailer.

The rubbish

However things are moving on slowly and on our next visit we intend to try to prepare the seaside garden to put down a lawn and remove the old hedge, put up some fencing and replant.    Now that the weather is becoming warmer it will be a battle against the weeds!

You might like to read the most recent post on Re-routed -my blog tracking the challenge to Reduce the things in my life

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10 thoughts on “Beach Cottage garden update…”

  1. Goodness me, that looks like hard labour – I am seriously impressed by your stamina. I dug out a couple of small beds a few days ago – nothing to compare with your efforts – and was totally done in.

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  2. You did get a lot done! A 4 hours drive is not too bad…am I right in thinking you intend to live there full time eventually? (sorry if I’m too nosey :))

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  3. Many thanks for stopping by. I know Stannington fairly well as my Mum had relatives out that way (a bit beyond, past the brickworks and out onto the moors, near Dungworth) and we spent a fair bit of time with them in the 1960’s. xx

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  4. Such stunning views! You have done a great job clearing up and the new compost bins look great. It must feel good to be organised. So sad about the sheep being buried by the snow. It upset me quite a lot when I heard it on the news. Let us hope that the horrible weather is a distant memory and we have many sunny days to come. x

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