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


7 April 2013

The New Well Path & Steps

Steps leading up to the conservatory...
..and down to the well
Work on the well path has not only begun but it is pretty much finished!!  Chris G began by making new York stone steps leading from the terrace to the well path.  Where there was one single - rather high and difficult step; there are now 6 elegant steps which are much easier to negotiate.  Having done that, he then lifted all the modern pavers and we cleaned off all the old mortar before stacking them on the wall by the creosote yard.  (Chipping off the mortar was a way of keeping warm for me!)  Chris placed 3 York stone flags and I laid out some pretty old reclaimed bricks around them.  Having got the path all laid out, Chris then lifted each one and laid it on a concrete mix.  I followed behind packing the cement between the bricks and stone.  Having done that, Chris did all the pointing and, before it dried too much - in the icy easterly winds, I brushed off the mortar.  Result: a vastly improved path which is much more in keeping with the surroundings.

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