April in the garden….

I wrote this post way back and its sat in my drafts.  Im just catching up on all the garden posts!

April 2016

So pretty much all spare time is taken up in the garden.  Progress is being made and here we are in April with the bones of the garden in place.

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at its worst …Maybe?

Digging out the path was hard work! I unburied two old washing lines that had been concreted in, so Mr Brown had to get them out.

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but after lots and lots of shifting of earth the path was finally dug.

 

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Digging continued in earnest

 

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End of day Saturday April 3rd 2016

Next day we went and bought the bark chippings… 15 bags to be exact, pretty heavy stuff, the car was nearly on the ground.  we shifted it into the car, then out the other side…I ached so much that night.  but by the end of the Sunday we had the bark down.

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A very satisfying moment! after all that digging…..

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End of day Sunday April 4th 2016

Next followed a week of April showers and working and not much time in the garden.

But on Saturday it was dry and bright and we sunk the shed into place down the end.

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Shed dug into the end bed, we took out a small stone wall and more Earth so it could nestle into the ground with out taking up too much space.  Jools built a Little fence, as we want the end patio area to be cosy and private.

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End of day Saturday April 9th 2016

Then we bought a few plants…. which was very exciting.

Sunday we planted them…and painted the back of the shed and put up the old bed stead I bought from a little old man on the side of the road…

Then it started to look almost like an actual garden!

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First of the catch up garden posts!!

To be continued ……

x

🍂 the entomologists daughter 🍂

Father catches bugs and insects for his research, daughter sets them free, friend to the bugs and beasties, the entomologists daughter is a one of a kind art shelf folk. Made from papier mache and wearing a dyed hand stitched vintage frock and knitted bonnet. She has blue velvet boots. Her latest rescue sits beside her on an old cotton reel. She is seated on an old book, children of the new forest.
She measures 40 cm.

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hettie brown made a thing

Now available in my shop see link above xx

 

Pearls a Singer

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Pearl

Yesterday, late afternoon, I dusted off Pearl and set to stitching the Margot Pyjamas from Tilly & the Buttons.

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vintage French Flannel

They are the second pair I’ve made, the first pair I’ve worn loads.  They are super comfy, the only change I made was to put wide elastic in the waist.

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Margot pyjamas ~ Tilly & the Buttons

They turned out grand and the Vintage French flannel is soft and so cosy.

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Little grey rabbit & stripy pj’s

These pj’s are a easy quick sew, and the instructions are great if your’re beginning sewing your own clothes.

Happy stitching!

More tales in turning the earth

Sunday morning saw us dragging the beast of a rotavator round the back of the house.  Where churning up the weed filled patch we tentatively have called a lawn for the past  8 years began.

 

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Mr Smith surveying on the fence ..

It was hard work, the rotavator being a highly temperamental beast.  But after a couple of hours progress was made.

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Mr Smith the Blackbird

with the help of a rather brazen blackbird

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He’s very brave…

so we have ourselves a blank canvas to create the visions in our heads of a cottage garden.

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All turned

I panicked at one point… What have we done! what if it doesn’t work, we’ve created total devastation! But after a hot bath and cold beer, the excitement crept back, the really hard work having been done now, it won’t be long before planting can begin.

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birds-eye view

I Leave you with a page from this book that recently found me … It is beautiful

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A Downland year ~ by Tickner Edwardes

The good life

We made a start over the allotment

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Before….

I’m ever so happy!

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The rotavator conked out after about an hour, which was so annoying

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Bit of a flat tyre

but still, I feel like we achieved lots.

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Planting broad beans 🌱

I’m tired but happy

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Ta da!!

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Cold frame made from an old sash window

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Kaput ….

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Decidedly Springy

Its been a lovely weekend weather wise, and yesterday Mr Brown and I started the long awaited overhaul of our small back garden.

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Its been terribly neglected, & we are going to completely change the layout and it will hopefully become a kitchen cottage garden.

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there was a massive tree root that needed to be taken out,  it was a stubborn pig of a thing! but after three hours we did it, that big old root got called all the names under the sun! but it felt so good when it finally gave up its grip, such a feeling of satisfaction.

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numerous lost and forsaken souls were found, with missing bits, can never resist a lost and forsaken soul with a bit missing.

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Luna directed proceedings from her plant pot

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daft cat, the new fence is in which is a bit of an eyesore at the moment but once there are some plants to soften it I think it will be grand.

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all around signs of new life

as with these things we created much more mess than when we started.

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today is another beautiful day  so I will take some more pics of our progress, i love being outside and working hard it makes me feel so good inside, it really is the best tonic.

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over the fence…..thatch repair