A day of gardening

I did it!  I moved a trailer load of mulch from the front garden to the back, and even did 50 sit-ups at the end of the day!  I am sure I will ache tomorrow!

Initially I thought I wasn’t going to get anywhere as the lock on the back gate wouldn’t open, but then I thought I’d better start with the preparation side of things & clear out the space to be mulched, and maybe start clearing out the bit of the garden where we would like to put our new pergola!
By the time Peter got home with his bolt cutters (phew – it really was stuck, it wasn’t just me being a girl!) the ‘sun patio’ area (Part 1) was cleared and extended ready for the mulch.  I’d also started clearing the next space for our next project, Unfortunately the second space has housed a beautiful organic woodpile since I moved in to the house in 2001, so as I progressed further & further down the log pile, interesting creatures started emerging!  The best one was a HUGE segmented grub about 10cm long & 1cm at least in diameter.  I should have photographed him, but he was too scary! He had an orange head & lots of pincers!!  I will try & find out what he was!  I did pick him up & quickly rehoused him, but I do wonder was he some monster creature with superpowers developing in our log pile?
Once Peter broke the lock he helped me unload the trailer & we cleared it just in time for dinner.  After dinner I tidied it all up & put the finishing touches to my log-pile resettlement project.  As the evening drew in the logs got older & more decayed & creepier!  By the last log I was seeing things jumping at me out of the corner of my eye!!
I think I may have cracked the image gallery problem, so here I hope follows a gallery of photos of my day!

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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7 Responses to A day of gardening

  1. grannymar says:

    Well done. Amazing amount of work for one day and The gallery looks well.

    I have a garden that badly needs some TLC….. are you interested?


  2. Barbara says:

    Thank you 🙂 Because I don’t have to worry about going to work the next day I can risk over-doing it again, which is wonderful! I have spent the last 3 years stopping myself doing big jobs like this in case I did too much and ended up completely wrecked the next day!

    In fact I woke up yesterday feeling dire & didn’t get up till 11 as I was waiting for the painkillers to kick in, but then when they did I was off!! 🙂

    I am trying to push myself deliberately at the moment to increase my fitness levels. I have been far too sedentary for far too long! I am the generation that has been inspired by the Olympics!!

    Would love to come & help with your garden once the weather is good…. When are you expecting your summer? Xxx


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  4. Maxi says:

    Whew! Lots of back break, Barbara. You did a great job, looks lovely. All your hard work paid off. You should be proud.
    Blessings ~ Maxi


  5. Al says:

    That looks like a massive project. Been there,done that! It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment afterward isn’t it. Wonder if I will be seeing more pictures of it’s maturity as I progress through your blogs.


    • Barbara says:

      I. Have no idea how I had the energy to do it all! The garden is much better now, but it’s a bit damp and muddy as winter is wet here. Bulbs such as snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses & tulips are just flowering, so spring is springing 🙂 I don’t enjoy winter, which is why we go somewhere warm if we can in January. It helps beat the winter blues, and by the time we get back the days have lengthened by at least an hour.


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