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


6 May 2014

Weekend Log Building!

Matt, Chris & Sarah
A very full drive!

This weekend, PTC enjoyed having extra helpers in the shape of Matt and Sarah to build a log wall and shelter from unwanted Cupressus Leylandii logs.  With Chris as well, there were four of us to lug, lift, saw and carry heavy conifer which was oozing resin everywhere.  having just emptied and tidied the drive, we immediately filled it with a massive amount of timber!

This new construction is at the back of the Woodland Border and, as Chris's brainchild, the idea is to hide an old fence and tuck up underneath an old section of conifer hedge  thus providing shelter for insects and humans alike!  The name for this edifice has been much discussed - the original name being Rob's Retreat. Somehow this was mistaken for Rob's Tavern in some circles!  No idea where that came from but it stuck - for the weekend anyway. Talking of things sticking, resin removal each evening was another major task.  In the end, we resorted to a melange of methylated spirit, petrol and Swarfega.  The roof needs a few more logs but it was a brilliant team effort and if, as a result, we have extra ladybirds and bees in the garden, it'll be a bonus!!  A big thank you to all our willing helpers who made it such fun and worked so hard over a sunny bank holiday weekend!!!

More photos can be seen at:

Nearly finished
Early stages!

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