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


13 December 2011


Cobbling in the dark
As work progresses, the ideas just keep coming!  Who needs plans?  After the idea of having a stone seat around the base of the flag pole; the idea of Eve's Gate in the arch was hatched - or did it happen the other way round?  Anyway, after that, the idea of using the cobbles with clay tiles (both of which, we already had) as stepping stones just came.  Well!  Chris Pugh did think it a shame to re-use modern clay pavers where they could be seen, even if it is a working area of the garden.  When the weather is too bad to work outside, Chris busies himself exposing brickwork in the hall, oak beams upstairs - to say nothing of plaster boarding and skimming walls, tiling thresholds, replacing skirting boards...............he has a dozen jobs on the go!  Real multi-tasking and by night too!  For a path that's being cobbled together, how good does this look?  The trouble is; Al liked it so much, he fancies having them all round the raspberries. (Better not tell Chris Genever!)

Partially cobbled area in front of the greenhouse

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