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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30 April 2014

2 Chris's Lift on the Pier Caps

Chris's Genever & Pugh
Work continued on the gates and piers.  The sun was shining and the cuckoo calling from the oak tree overhead - pretty perfect working conditions!  Hanging the gates on sloping ground and ensuring their levels matched in every way was not easy work so, in order to maximise flexibility, the hinges were put on in situ.  Having done that, it was time to get out the creosote - despite much stick from a certain builder!  Half way through, Chris P. arrived and helped to lift on the massively heavy stone pier caps.  These were bedded on a layer of mortar (which I shall be brushing off first thing tomorrow!)  We also hope to finish the 2 centre uprights and make a catch tomorrow - weather permitting.  In the meantime, my gate design has been given the thumbs up and helping to make them has been great fun!

 

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