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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9 April 2014

Gate Piers

A couple of days work and - hey presto!  A pair of gate piers are springing up at the end of the drive!  A melange of stone from various sources was assembled on the drive.  Some left over from a certain memorable trip to Barnsley and some more recently acquired!  Chris dig out 2 2'x2'x2' holes and set RSJ's in concrete in their centres.  These are to carry the weight of the gates yet to be made!  It was on with sorting and building the different types and shapes of stone with their different colours, leaving the mortar to dry a little then sculpting out and around each individual stone.  Due to a very minor miscalculation, there was a little cutting and welding involved to ensure both hinge pins were at the right height but both activities make interesting photography!

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