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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17 August 2015

'Contact the Elderly' Tea Party

On Sunday we hosted a small tea party for Contact the Elderly.  This is an extremely worthwhile charity and although it's 50 years old, few people have ever heard of it.  It's aim is to give less mobile elderly people living alone a break from their solitary and lonely lives by bringing them out to the homes of hosts who are willing to give them afternoon tea.  Perfectly simple and easy to do. They were a perfectly delightful group of ladies and it was a pleasure to entertain them and their volunteer drivers.  Luckily it was warm enough for them to be served tea in the garden and even have a walk round.  One lady even remembered coming last year and spotted the fact that this year's figs aren't nearly as ripe yet.  More hosts and drivers are being sought in and around the Worcester area.


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