Friday, 17 April 2015

As busy as bees...

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We have been busy removing the alpines plants, soil, gravel and wood from the top of the 1/2 size log store that sits directly outside the left kitchen window. In summer, it normally looked like this:
After a bit of discussion, it was decided that we would be better off making another full size log store to sit beside log store number 1, just inside the back gate. Once completed we would then have a total of 3 full size log stores, (two here and the one further down this path just in view in the background) enough for the logs, kindling etc.

The plants were put into buckets until all the soil had been sieved and a little food and compost  added to make it ready for replanting:
The plants were finally potted into four long green troughs, previously used by some strawberries:
Two were placed on the sunny side of vegetable bed number 1, the other two have been put down the drive. DB then dismantled the half log store, lifted up the bricks under the dustbin area, and put them where the log store once sat. This means unfortunately that we can now see them in all their glory through the left kitchen window.

However, small troughs have been bought and planted up with alpines. Once this area is finished, DB will hang them onto sturdy wooden batons and then we'll have a few plants to look at!

We think we have just about enough wood around the place to construct the full size log store without needing to buy anything else but we'll cross that bridge if needed.

Herewith a picture of the area once the half log store has been removed. The bricks for the dustbins, have been moved from next to the tall log store 1 to the area where the half log store once stood!
Dustbins back in place:
Once log store 2 is rebuilt and the alpine containers are on the fence, I'll show you what it looks like.
Unfortunately, putting on my socks this morning my back pinged. Although it hasn't completely gone, it is aching badly and stiffening up. We had to go into town to change a tyre on the car so walked around the area for 20 minutes whilst that was done.

Guess I need to try and take it easy today otherwise it will go completely then I'll be laid up for several days. So annoying as there is loads I need to do!

Have a good weekend everyone!


11 comments:

  1. Hope your back feels better soon. Your bins blend in quite nicely .... I have one with a red lid and one with a yellow lid, along with a grey bin and a brown bin. I just hope they don't give us any more as I'm running out of space to keep them!

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    1. Thank you! We used to have one small black bin for general household rubbish, one green lidless box for recycling and we pay for the brown garden waste one to take away any excess we can't cope with. The green box got replaced by a large green bin which is emptied once a fortnight (similar for the garden refuse bin). They also wanted to change the small black bin that got emptied every week, to a large one for emptying once a fortnight but we opted to keep the small black bin and have it emptied once a fortnight, so we could fit them all in. The most that small bin has in it is 2 or 3 bags of household waste that currently cannot be recycled. We also have a grey food waste bin emptied weekly, hardly anything goes in that either.

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    2. We used to have boxes for paper/ cardboard and glass/ plastics. Those have been replaced by the full sized bins with colourful lids, so we now have those, a brown bin for food waste/ gardening stuff, and a grey bin for anything that won't go in the others. All are emptied fortnightly but most of them don't need to be put out that often. We only seem to create one black sack of ' rubbish' per fortnight which I'm really pleased about. Lots of people complain about the fortnightly collection here, but even when we had both girls at home we found the collection system adequate, which makes me wonder what people buy and then throw away!

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  2. Hope your back gets better soon. I'm so exhausted at the moment I can't muster the energy to do anything.....except go back to bed.

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    1. Oh dear, hope you get your mojo back soon. It's a bummer this ageing lark isn't it?

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  3. Sorry about your back. Your garden is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you and thank you. As long as it just feels stiff, I am in with a chance of it not fully going.

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  4. Watch that back! In Suffolk we can refer ourselves to physio and get some ideas for exercises. My back used to go ping just as you say but now I do the exercises fairly regularly it's tons better

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    1. My back used to go every few weeks but since having chiropractic treatment and massages goes a lot less now.

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  5. Sounds painful,I hope it has improved xxxx

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    1. Seems a little better this morning (Saturday), best not overdo it today.

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