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


26 September 2016

Rodent Repairs!

Dave & Jamie

A couple of weeks back, we had a major lights failure in the garden. For some inexplicable reason, the lights around the pond and the culvert failed so it was time to call in Dave of the famed DSM Electrical Installations. He and Jamie spent 3 evenings trying to find the fault - in the dark! After hours of puzzling, head scratching, worries about accidental damage, complex investigations and 'driver' changes, it turned out that a rodent had crept into the pipe and completely gnawed through a cable! The were teeth marks either side of the severed section.  This damaged section was under the grass midway between the pond and the culvert so could NOT have occurred in a worse spot. Luckily, Dave & Jamie were able to feed through replacement cable without the need to dig up a large area of turf! What makes plastic so attractive when there is fallen fruit for them to eat?

Tea (& chocolate cake) break!

'V' has to be for victory!

I couldn't resist taking this shot of Dave and playing around with some HDR effects!  All lights are now working again and, as the nights are beginning to draw in, their effects are appreciated more than ever.

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