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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4 February 2018

Worst Weather Work!

The replacement fence......... in sunshine!
Little wonder we Brits bang on about the weather.  Friday was perfectly springlike, but as for yesterday.....! The temperatures had plummeted and the driving drizzle, low cloud and freezing mist and mizzle made fencing repairs a total misery despite, 3 pairs of socks, 3 jackets, waterproof over trousers and thick winter weight gloves. My hands were painfully cold. Work didn't go very well as our replacement posts turned out to be totally unsound. I was all for calling a halt to proceedings until Chris pointed out that he had some new (and far superior) posts going begging. He kindly went to collect them and work progressed .........slowly. Working in a thorny hedge, in amongst barbed wire, briars and  wire netting was an absolute pain! We couldn't evenly space the posts because of the Hawthorn trees and their roots made digging post holes even more difficult.

Finishing touches waiting for next week

What should have taken an hour and a half took ALL afternoon. At 4pm, numb with cold and after 2 (medicinal) cherry brandies and 5 minutes draped over the Aga, it was back to work. Within no time, it was too dark to see what we were doing.

Achingly cold!


Time to call it a day and have a bonfire in the wind and drizzle. We eventually went inside at 7:30pm. Sometimes I really wonder why I like garden work!!



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