The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


15 October 2011


Elevated Octavius!
Haven't had him five minutes and already Octavius gets a new stand.  A present from Chris Genever; it was a former lamp post base.  Now he stands at the perfect height and what can't be seen is a common (or garden!) concrete slab laid on sand and cement cunningly concealed beneath it.  I bet Chris wouldn't have imagined it would pressed into use as soon as he left!  Sadly, I can't claim the credit for such brilliance as it was the other Chris's idea! The column just wasn't tall enough.  Note the ivy planted at the base.  How lucky that the stone is so similar in colour!  The base is of far superior quality to the actual statue!

The original lamp post base

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