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


16 December 2012

Terrace Extension

Unloading the bricks
When a builder needs more materials, it could only be Border Counties Reclamation - again!  After a bit of a false start (ahem) David Swire delivered the right bricks and the right numbers!  The skip, building sand, concreting sand and top soil is now accompanied by 3 pallets of reclaimed bricks on the drive.

Before and............

Chris got to work straight away and has already built the curved retaining wall.  Cutting some old (personally reclaimed) land drains in half, he built in a mini pyramid with them in the centre of the curve.  It looks really quaint.  Because of the frosty conditions, it was all covered up with bubble wrap, plastic sheeting, cardboard, hessian and boards. He even moved all the unused bricks off the drive to give us a little more room.

....after the thaw.

Following the thaw and yet more heavy rain we now have a moat where we'd rather not have one! Or, if we have any more frosts, we'll have a mini ice rink!

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