The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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31 March 2013

Wintry Well Work

Don't be fooled by the sunshine - notice the layers!
With the drive all spruced up, it was time to move round to the well.  We removed an old stone trough which used to protrude from underneath the pump spout actually through the circular wall.  I say we but, it was of course Chris G. who singlehandedly manhandled this monstrously heavy trough up to the terrace.  He then bricked up the gap left in the circular wall and, where the pump handle is raised and lowered, Chris reduced the height of the capping bricks by building in a section of half round blue pipe.  This extra bit of cleverness has had the effect of increasing the gap between the bricks and ones knuckles!  Raising water to a height of 50 feet requires very vigorous use of the pump handle.  It was just far too easy to smash ones knuckles on the blue capping pavers!  Wouldn't 'Health & Safety' be proud of us!

Knuckle crushing prevention!
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