The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


16 April 2012


Despite the typical cold weather over Easter, potatoes and onion sets were planted and peas sown.  Some brassicas have also been planted out as was a row of lettuces under cloches.

The finished gate
This has left time for more carpentry instruction at The Genever Academy of Master Carpentry and the results have been a nearly finished garden seat and a pretty side gate.  Having drawn my design, Chris cut the angled tops on the palings first and then they were closed up together and the curves cut with a hole saw before alternating the different heights.  An extra 15 minutes work really has made the difference between a very ordinary gate and something quite pretty.  Chris even hand cut a finial on the slamming post in just a few minutes.  We found an old Suffolk latch and with such expert hanging, it closes perfectly!  As the designer/apprentice; as well as holding and passing, I was allowed to insert and tighten screws and stain the finished product with a preservative! Why is practical creativity so enjoyable?

The detail on the tops

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