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.

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4 December 2012

Lights & Blackouts!



Jo and Owen illuminating Wol & his tree
Our Demon DSM electricians arrived at 7:45am and began the day by putting up Christmas lights in Wol's pear tree and along the beech hedge.  Owen and Joe managed to put them up at an all time record height after which, they retired to the Hennery for cable laying in readiness for more lighting.  The girls made the most of all the extra worms revealed by their digging.


Meanwhile, Chris was more your demon demolition man and worked away demolishing the old retaining wall and digging out the top lawn in readiness for Chris G's work on terrace extension area.  Trouble is, he came up with the rather grandiose idea of extending his run and we haven't had opportunity to seek permission from O.I.C. building yet.  It's been a while since we had a skip on the drive and this time it's a big one.  Just to add to the usual chaos at PTC, the man came to empty the septic tank, blocking not only the lane but, the electricians in!  We then had a 2 hour power cut - just to complete the day!  Nothing to do with our electricians or the Christmas lights!  A fallen tree on a power cable was the culprit and dinner was cooked by candle light.

Mr. Demolition Man himself!

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