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


24 September 2015

Homemade Lanterns

These are some lanterns I made from old tins - easy, free and VERY pretty at night.  I found a log which fitted inside the tin and clamped it in the workshop vice at an angle so that when the tin was placed over the end, it didn't slide off.  A hammer and a nail was all that was needed - oh and some patience! I couldn't get them down to less than 20 minutes per lantern and I made 15!!  I have decided to leave them hanging on Rob's Retreat so that they will rust naturally.  Holes in the base will mean they don't fill up with water.  Do I need to say that they need tea lights to work?

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