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


13 April 2016

Miles of Tiles

Down pipes being made
Laying vintage tiles
Cleaning the old tiles

The first real spring-like sunny day meant I helped Chris lay some beautiful old tiles he just happened to arrive with! They're yellow and red terracotta and look really fab. After laying in ducting for Dave's electric cables, the other job was to clean off mortar from the already re-recycled tiles. These had already been recycled once by us in the previous greenhouse and before that by Kyle. We now have piles of Kyles tiles ready for recyling yet again at the far end of the greenhouse. The used mortar completely filled a whole wheelbarrow and, at the end of the day, a major clear up of brick ends, battens and leftover materials in readiness for greenhouse delivery!  
Kyle's tiles!
Meanwhile, our design engineer at Hartley Botanic: Josh sent this picture of the down pipes under construction. Installation commences on Monday - can hardly wait! Further tiling will take place after this stage.

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