Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Green Fingers in the Garden

by admin - 21:05 on 15 July 2011

Matchgirl's had a quiet week professionally so she's spent much time lately with Mr Gardener. That meant I had no excuse not to do the same today when freed from the shackles of GNoME HQ.

Much raking of strimmed debris took place, for we had a hungry bonfire to feed. The willow tree is now around half its former girth and many small branches added to the conflagration; the bigger ones were chopped and supplemented the stacks outside the front of The Rural Retreat which should keep us warm through half the winter.

My hopes of using our tumbledown former shed as the basis for a hide have come to nothing because it's too rotten and fit for nothing but firewood. The corrugated iron roof will live on, incorporated into the log store that Mr Gardener reckons he can knock together in minutes. He's very handy.

Matchgirl returns to Shetland on Sunday, just in time. The bruise on her ankle caused by a carelessly swung mattock is coming on nicely – and this is the girl desperate to use Mr Gardener's power tools.

There's a small amount of raking, burning, stacking and mattocking we can do in Mr G's absence, ready for his return midweek. By then, the most persistent weeds will have begun their fightback and he'll be able to decide what noxious compound to prepare to get rid of them for good.

Then we'll have to decide what to replace them with.

Marten 37

Pine Marten Update: Mrs Marten called at 8.30am and provided a couple of superb poses in great light. So it's frustrating that I continue to get not-quite-sharp snaps. I'll keep trying.

Marten 36

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