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


22 March 2013

Drive Work in Arctic Conditions

Chris at the helm
Mountains on the drive
Why did the weather have to take so many turns for the worse as soon as the digger arrived?  It was already far too cold.  The only reason snow can't be seen in these photos is because it has been all dug up!  Not that Chris or Nick were deterred by such meteorological downturns.  They set about scraping off several layers of old compacted gravel and mud, loading up Clarence and taking it up to Chris's wood.  The idea is to level the width of the drive for the first time and reduce the surface height so that the finished level of the 6 tons of new gravel (due to arrive tomorrow!) will lie at the original height and look smart and tidy.  Well that's the theory!
Hard at work

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