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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5 April 2014

New from old

Metal bench frame
Chris replacing the plaque



One Chris rescues some dilapidated garden furniture from certain death and the other Chris helps restore it!!  

Three garden seats originally bought from J & F Hall Ltd, Ironmongers, Worcester had been allowed to lapse into dilapidation.   Apparently the shop closed and was then knocked down back in the '60's.  The original wood was almost completely rotten but the little copper plaque bearing the name of the ironmongers remained and so of course had to be replaced on the new timber!  We removed all the rotten slats and oiled all the metal frames.  We then replaced the old wood with some oak slats.  Chris had already planed all the oak and, after cutting the lengths he chamfered all the edges.  We then reassembled the 3 seats by bolting each slat to the metal frames. I treated the oak to a 50-50 mix of turpentine and linseed oil.  Result - garden seats, better than new!  Genius!!
The original plaque

The finished bench
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