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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28 October 2013

Kiosk Preparations

Note the even pruning and that straight line!




It was like old times as our friend Chris Genever parked his trusty Marmalade in the driver before 8:30am all ready to unload gravel and lay planks and sheets on the sodden grass in order to make a base for our telephone kiosk.  Before I could scramble into boots and jacket, The cement mixer was unloaded, the old plastic coffin had been removed and the planks were all in position!  Of course there was a little gardening to be done first as surrounding shrubs had to be pruned back in order to accommodate the kiosk.  We disposed of an old and leggy Spirea and then Chris dug out a 9" deep 42" square, laid shuttering and filled it with concrete.  That was after unloading and laying the gravel between York flagstones and bagging up and storing the residue!

According to Victoria at Unicorn Kiosks, ours is at present, enjoying being shot blasted.  Tony has kindly agreed to provide a few photos depicting the various stages of restoration.  We're looking forward to preserving a bit of English heritage at PTC.  Dare I say?  Watch this space!

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