“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
We spent Easter week at the cottage..not in the cottage exactly as it is still without kitchen / bathroom / power / water and floors! We stayed in a beautifully spacious cottage up the road. We were busy in the garden all week – I love this time of year when everything is just coming to life. Of course all the plants are much later in Scotland but the weather last week was so sunny and warm you could almost see the buds bursting open.
Below is the seaside garden – a lot of the top soil washed away with the flood water but it wasn’t the jungle I had prepared myself for. There is no point in us doing anything at this side as the contractors will be coming and going so best to wait.
The woodland walk is once again taking shape – the planting here has recovered very quickly you would not even know that it was 2 feet deep in water last August.
We laid fresh bark over the pathways – we had to buy this as we have no power to make our own with the shredder and a few bags does not go very far.
I always support my Dicentras with a strip of chicken wire around the base of the plants this keeps them from being blown about and is completely hidden by the foliage as it grows.
The Primroses are now beginning to spread around and keep popping up here and there.
The burn has a few clumps of Daffodils dotted along its banks.
Ideally the border needs a major reshape and move around, but it may be too late to do this when we go again.
One day whilst in Stranraer we took a walk along Broadstones – I love these rows of the wooden breakwaters along the beach.
This is looking towards Stranraer – the beaches are becoming so much cleaner now the ferry has been moved across the bay to Cairnryan.
This is part of the new Marina that the council are creating to attract more yachts.
We had a lovely break – a shame a week is not long enough but being at the cottage and in the garden reminded us why we love the place so much. Even after the flood we would find it hard to leave. We did look around at other properties in the area as we have been undecided whether to sell the place and move on – I am not sure I could deal with another major flood and I am not sure the cottage will be reinstated even by August – one year on – but having looked at other properties we realise we would struggle to find anywhere quite the same with a wood and a sea view and so for the time being have decided to stay and battle on.
We have been contacted by the nice man at the Scottish Flood Forum – they provide help and give advice and he is coming to survey the situation and will approach the local Council on our behalf to see what their plans might be, if any, to prevent a reoccurrence in the future should we have the misfortune to experience such a heavy downpour again. The Witches Glen from where the water came hurtling down has now reopened and the Council have rebuilt the edge of the road that had washed away and made major improvements to strengthen the stream banking.
All too soon the week was over we had to put away our gardening tools and clean our rented cottage and get ready for the journey home on the Saturday morning – the weather by now was much cooler and we could see snow on the distant Galloway hills.
Well that is my update on our Easter break how was yours?