Hello,are you well and looking forward to Spring?
We are and we have had a busy few weekends here at Shingle Cottage,There are still jobs and decorating to be done inside but with the sun shining down we couldn't help but be out in the fresh air.
Outside our kitchen window is our cottage garden filled with perennials,hydrangea,roses and lavender,there is even a pear and apple tree tucked in amongst the flower borders,we tackled this all gravel patch a few years ago and have had a lot of enjoyment from it ever since.
Outside the kitchen door is not so great and a lot of work was to be done so i thought you might like to see the before and then we can show you how it is coming along as the year goes by.
Steve is building a new door step in the next few weeks and the old path below is to be covered in pea gravel,what you can see as a doorstep is the remains of an old,well i'm not really sure what it was? but we kept a few paving flags so we can get in and out.
I started digging up old bricks and Steve was ready to build a table base with his pile of new bricks for a stone table top and Beatrix? hmmm well you can see her in the top left hand corner mooching about..
There's Steve digging away and we tried the stone table top on his trestles to see if we liked it or not,We get the sun shining here up until very late in the evening in Summer and with it being outside the kitchen door we thought it would make a lovely little spot amongst the flowers to have dinner and lounge with a drink or two..
After the bricks were removed i planted a pyracantha against the wall which will get covered in juicy berries for the birds come Winter and Steve laid a concrete base for the table to sit on..
Later in the back garden Steve started to build his obelisks for the roses and sweet peas to climb around,The back garden is all gravel too and needs a lot of work,the fence at the back was put up last year and we planted laurels against it so we will have an evergreen wall in time to come,everything takes time and we are ok with that,we enjoy watching things grow and taking shape,we don't want to be in such a rush to get to the end that we miss the journey we are on.
This is a grim picture but it is real life :) four fruit trees in a row,Stella cherry,Braeburn apple,Victoria plum and conference pear were planted,I will be weeding this border this weekend,it is full of daffodils,bluebells and i am going to add snowdrops too which i think will look pretty in Spring under the orchard.
The fountain waits to find a home but that won't be until the scaffolding has been taken down,lots of building work and new windows to be put in by me and Steve come the Summer,no builders,joiners or workmen here just a couple and a little dog :) .
I think dad planted this cherry tree the right way up but i best just check ;) ...I can not begin to tell you how much we love Beatrix she is always there with us what ever we are up to and is so much fun.
Concrete was mixed and lashings of white paint was brushed on to new wood,the sun shone and here and there a few clouds passed by.
The table base was built and left to dry.
A large obelisk was built and painted outside the kitchen door,it is hard to see but planted below is a David Austin climbing rose called 'Falsaff' with rich deep burgundy velvet flowers that smell like heaven,it will in time ramble up and fill the obelisk,Sweetpeas have been ordered from Sarah Raven and are to be planted in the trough once it is filled with new soil and farmyard manure...things are starting to take shape.
The cottage garden is starting to grow and it has been weeded and mulched to give it a good start..There she is little Beatrix ;)
A smaller obelisk in the corner getting a lick of paint,it has a rose planted below that is starting to grow that will climb up and hang blousy blooms through come Summer.
We even had music while we worked from a lovely little robin red breast.
Green things are starting to grow and blooms are opening...ahhh although we are not fully there it sure feels like Spring.
Tea breaks and cake were enjoyed in between all the work outside in the garden..
We watched the traffic pass by the end of the Avenue....
While little planes hummed high above....
As the days wore on plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the chimney while inside the fire roared and hand cream was rubbed in to tired and scraped hands.
The ducks were on the cliff top at dusk gazing at the sea,such a romantic pair,i wonder if they will nest in our garden again?...
As night fell and the curtains were drawn i dreamt of roses and sweet peas smiling at me through the kitchen door...
Stars were twinkling and the moon shone on Shingle Cottage as we snuggled up by the fire chatting about what we were going to be getting up to next weekend.
Thank you for stopping by and will you join us next time? for more tales and goings on from our place and yours Shingle Cottage..