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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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