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


25 June 2020

Studio Make-Over: Phase II

Restyled windows in the door.
The galvanised rainwater tank.

We were most definitely NOT so clever when it came to installing the guttering!!  It poured with rain both days. Water was running along the guttering and down the outlets as it was being installed!!  We were soaked through - especially Chris who refused all water proofing! However, the end result is perfect.  As well as finishing off the appearance of a little wooden shed, it's hugely practical for collecting rainwater.

Boxed in shelving disguise the horizontal downpipe & the newly leaded north window.

It was time to turn our attention to the windows. The thin, loose glass rattled, the putty was falling out and the homemade mini portholes (constructed from glass held in by plastic tupperware lids) on the door was all falling to bits.  It was impossible to any of the large panes of glass without breaking them so new glass was ordered. These were installed with putty and beading and we decided to paint the frames white and to use strips of lead and mimic the same glass patterning as in the Herb Garden mirror and stained glass window - thus maintaining a PTC garden theme.  I should mention the addition of a rather nice & very useful little window sill.  - courtesy of more of Chris Genever's patience and skills! Simon kindly agreed to paint that in with the window frames & just a top coat remains outstanding.

Having timed the first one seriously badly ie. just before making all the mess: all that remained was another major spring clean this time in 30 degrees + of tropical heat.  Luckily Janine and I managed that before having lunch in the shade!!

Who loves their new look studio I wonder???

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