It has been a grey dismal day here today at the cottage (caravan) – we decided to sneak away for a few days with the hope of better weather and yesterday it was pleasant enough to be in the garden but today we are back to cold and wet.
When we cleared some of the upper wood on our last visit at the end of February (if you can remember so far back) we ended up with stacks of rotting wood and trailing ivy and not a hope of burning it in the gales. However, yesterday was mild and calm so perfect for a bonfire. It won’t be long though before I generate another pile – it is an ongoing job here. So far I have made a pathway through the wood. The old concrete bunker on the right makes a great log store. It is a left over outbuilding from when the pub at the top of the lane was a Creamery and until the seventies this land was just a field with no trees.
In the afternoon DH found time to cut the lawns and I did a bit of weeding in the borders and pruned some of the Hydrangeas. The ones by the conservatory had grown too big and so I have cut them back hard and will probably have to sacrifice some blooms later on although last time I did this they still flowered despite the gardening books saying they wouldn’t if cut back too far.
It is very noticeable that everything in the garden is very late compared to other years and so I was quite surprised when I came across the Delphinium bed and some of the plants are already a good foot high. I can almost hear their tender shoots calling to the rabbits ‘eat me eat me’ – hence I have them well protected with chicken wire!
The grand fernery beside the pool with the majestic Royal ferns is a sorry sight at the moment – all the leaves have been burnt by the cold weather and salt spray and are shrivelled and brown and will have to be cut back to ground level and wait for the new growth. I spent ages doing this last year and usually only need to do it every other year if the winter is milder. The Fatsia is the same. I will leave both for now just in case it remains cold and we have some heavy frosts.
We had a brisk walk into the village and back tonight just before the light went. There had been talk of adding solar lights along the ‘low road’ which is the old road that runs alongside the beach and is just a pathway now, not accessible by car. If you walk along here in the evening it is a real treat as you can hear all the hedgerow birds in full song. I for one am glad that the solar lights have not materialised as I think it is not the place for light pollution it is a quiet place for the wildlife to live undisturbed.
It is only 20 days until we go to Italy eeek…I still have to resolve the footwear and handbag problem. I still have to resolve transport to and from the wedding and reception. I still have to resolve what exactly is the breakfast at the hotel when it is only 3 Euros?
Hoping for a sunny day tomorrow.