Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Time for a short breather. 26th May 2015

After a busy couple of weeks working on the new driveway at the cottage, time today to wander about the field and beside the burn with a camera.

A dandelion beside the burn.

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A plantain flower going to seed.

Plantain flower going to seed

Cuckoo Flower growing in the lawn.

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Back to work tomorrow.......

Sunday, 24 May 2015

At Last! 6th May 2015

After months of waiting, we finally received permission from the Highways Dept to remove the garden wall at the cottage in preparation for the building of a new driveway.

The new drive is not something we were especially wanting but it became a condition of planning approval for the renovation and extension of Holly Cottage.


There were three or four old stumps to remove but the digger made quick work of them!


The contractors arrived a couple of days later and within a few hours made a nice job of the new kerbs and working entrance to the drive.

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By the end of last week we had excavated the temporary area of the driveway and laid the roadstone base.


One ahem? "minor" job that faced Hilary and me was to move a very old Rhododendron which grew very close to the old garden wall (now demolished).  We didn't want to lose this lovely old shrub so, using the digger we eventually managed to lift it out of the ground and move it to it's new position a few meters away.  What a struggle.......


Triumphant but exhausted at the end of a very long day!


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Apple blossom. 20th May 2015

A lovely bright morning at the cottage this morning, the apple blossom in the orchard is glorious....

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Ducks on a Hot Slate Roof! 19th May 2015

I popped out of the cottage to collect the eggs and found two of the ducks enjoying a spot of sunshine on the roof. Not seen them up there before....