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


30 November 2017

Not another shed.........................!

Whilst a certain Chris Pugh was living it up and exploring the Caribbean, there have been shady goings on down by the hut! 

The original 6 x 4 hut
A nearly finished 'Folly!'
A very long time ago, we had realised that our tiny little old hut, at 6' x 4', was far too small for PTC garden needs. So much so, Chris appeared with an unwanted 12' x 8' version with a single sloping felt roof. He left all the sections leaning up against the hedge before going away.

After returning from the tropical adventures, as well as discovering freezing temperatures, Chris (Pugh) found that Chris (Genever) and I had built the prettiest replacement with a pitched green corrugated tin roof crowned with ridge cresting (bought on EBay), antique insulators (another Chris present!), the door with its pear shaped window at the opposite end and the interior insulated and lined with a built-in apple store and shelving for out door seat cushions with storage space for the usual seasonal garden miscellania!  As if that wasn't enough, we had made pretty shaped barge boards for both gables and an overhanging canopy above the door. We also used the leftover granite setts to lay a little curved path to the door. 
Shed with a view!

In order to squeeze in a bigger shed without losing other shrubs and trees, we moved it very close to the conifer and the upshot is that it can hardly be seen from anywhere else which makes it quite secretive. 

With west facing windows, it enjoys spectacular views across the cider apple orchards to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and even Abberley clock tower - a BIG bonus!

Needless to say, our Chris was mightily surprised when he returned from his travels and found exactly what we'd been up to. He immediately christened it: the Folly!

Only one question. Exactly why do I enjoy doing this stuff so very much???

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