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


10 December 2012

Let there be lights....

........for Christmas

The recycled shed.
Heroes of DSM: Joe and Owen have weathered extremely low temperatures to put in lanterns and lighting. Their hard work has really paid off.  Even the Hen Pen has lights - until 10:30pm anyway.  No Picasa edits - the Bamboo really does have a green uplighter.  In reality, they look even more magical than the photos suggest.  Even so, I think Dave should put some of these on his blog under the garden lighting tab (ahem!)  Some other trees are now uplit but it was too cold for me to take any more photos.
Laying by night?

Kay's arbour

We also had the pleasure of Chris's company and he too toiled away digging and mixing a ton of concreting sand and cement to put in as footing for the new retaining wall.  He even started brick laying.  I think he was warmer than me sitting in a sunny conservatory writing Christmas cards!  He certainly needed all the light he could find as work continued in the dark as usual!  As if that wasn't bad enough, he had to put air in a nearly flat tyre then go home and remove the wheel to grease a wheel bearing in the freeeeeeeeeeezing darkness!
Laying bricks in darkness
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