Monday, 9 May 2016

Annual Garden Makeover

Mark decided today was a good day to do the garden. It's an annual event and sees us through a full 12 months. There's no gardening as such, but the patio and decking are jet washed. Then the decking and shed get a lick of paint and the furniture, table, chairs and plant pots get a wipe down. It takes a full day, but it's worth it. All I'll do now is add a few more plants and some hanging baskets and hey presto we're done for summer.

My housework fell a little bit by the wayside last week what with one thing and another, but the hoovering gets done every day and the cylinder emptied no matter what, so it always amazes me how much gets picked up off the carpet. I think Wendy is a major contributor to this little lot.
There is more knitting going on and some slightly smaller projects are on the go at the moment. I'm hoping to be able to share them with you later in the week if they turn out OK.
The hunt for a caravan is still on-going. We had a trip out yesterday and we are planning another one tomorrow and possibly, though not definitely, that will be something else I can share with you in the not too distant future. 

I'm thoroughly enjoying our lovely weather and refuse to look at or listen to any forecasts in case it's not here to last. Instead I'm just going to make the most of it while I can.

I'm sat here typing this enjoying a cup of Assam tea, Mark is sitting out in the garden and Thomas is lounging on his bed with his ipad. Amy has definitely drawn the short straw bless her. She's sat at the table with her tutor doing something with x and y and graphs. Poor old thing.

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13 comments:

  1. We've just had a glorious downpour, so I am happy :O) Going to Bah Humbug over all this sunshiney rubbish!

    Your garden is looking good. We've done similar thing today. I threatened to hire a beefy gardener if Bill didn't get on with some things. He does so many gardens, but ours is not included!

    love your bucket of knitting xx

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    1. Your rain dance has reached Manchester! We've had a few showers here today, but it's still fairly warm.

      My sister is married to a builder and she had the same problem. Always too busy working to do anything at home. Glad Bill took the beefy gardener bait and managed to fit you in haha. xx

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    2. My HG is a joiner/carpenter/fits windown n doors
      Guess who can see the sunlight through her knackered front door despite getting promises of a lovely shiny new one! And I finally had my new Windows fitted on the freezingest coldest winters day a few years back with a blizzard blowing st into my front room! Also ( I'm on a roll now ), because he can turn his hand to anything, he refuses to pay someone else to come to any jobs! An example is roofing the shed he built out the back. He roofed it but I got someone I've known for years to
      Come and felt it. I was fed up of waiting.
      The roof leaked. All I got was I told you so's!
      Sigh.
      Right, rant over!!
      Suzanne your garden looks fab!
      I've been promised new garden fence panels at the end of May! Trouble is, I'm not sure what year!!!

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    3. Laughing here Rachel, because you sound just like my sister and her husband. He'd never get anybody in either because they weren't as good as his men. Trouble is his men were always busy. And yes, the only time she got anything done was generally in winter when they were weathered off so she'd have doors and windows open in the middle of winter. The joys of having an OH who is in the trade haha. xx

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  2. We've had some beautiful weather and I did all the outdoor stuff you mentioned then. Today I've brought in all my hanging baskets and pots because it will be hovering in the zero range for the rest of the week. You get lulled into a sense of false security, but we should now better than to put stuff out before the May long weekend which is around the 24th. We've had lots of snow on that weekend and into June in years past!!
    It absolutely poured with rain here last night, but unfortunately, not up in Fort McMurray where the fire is now over 1600 sq. kilometres and still growing!

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    1. We've been watching about the fires over here. It must be heartbreaking for all those people who have lost their homes. But as long as they're safe that's the main thing. Let's hope it can be brought under control soon.

      No hanging baskets here until the end of May. Partly due to the weather and partly the end of May is our garden routine. I keep looking out of the window at how neat and tidy it's all looking. I love this time of year when everything is coming through and looks fresh. xx

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    2. The fire is now 2,300 sq. kilometres but at least most of Ft. McMurry is safe. Only about 15% of the town was actually burnt to the ground. That's still terrible, but it could have been so much worse. My cousin works up there on one of the oil camps. He managed to get out the first night but he said it was like being in a movie with all the smoke, flames and sparks all around you. He was almost out of gas but came upon a guy who had a big truck who was giving gas away. There were good deads like this being done all the time, thank goodness.

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    3. The fire is now 2,300 sq. kilometres but at least most of Ft. McMurry is safe. Only about 15% of the town was actually burnt to the ground. That's still terrible, but it could have been so much worse. My cousin works up there on one of the oil camps. He managed to get out the first night but he said it was like being in a movie with all the smoke, flames and sparks all around you. He was almost out of gas but came upon a guy who had a big truck who was giving gas away. There were good deads like this being done all the time, thank goodness.

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    4. It's amazing considering how far it's spread how much of the town and area has actually been saved. Although I really feel for the 15% who have lost everything. It said on our news last night that nobody is allowed back yet as there are still hot spots. Not that there was anything to go back to from the looks of things. Shocking.

      Thank goodness your cousin managed to get to safety. It restores your faith in human nature when you hear how people help each other in their time of need. xx

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  3. The weather has just been soooo beautiful. It's been wonderful to spend so much time outdoors. Good luck with your continuing search for the caravan. I'm excited for the outcome. My housework has fallen even more by the wayside and the only downside to this sunny weather is that it shows up all the dust! My Blogger has been playing up so I am hoping this comment works ok. X

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    1. Our caravan search has ended although it's not the outcome we anticipated, but in a good way. Oh yes, sunshine and dust do not go well together. I just try to turn a blind eye!

      I couldn't get on my blog this morning. Had a slight panic attack that somehow it had gone missing but it seems to have rectified itself. xx

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  4. I love how you have set up your backyard and landscaped it. That's the kind of garden we are being encouraged to have over here, to cope with the drought. More hardscaping and less planting that need watering. That's wonderful that you can spend a day getting your garden/patio ready and it is good for the next 12 months. Poor Amy having to do tutoring when the rest of the family are relaxing.

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    1. Thanks Bless. It's not everybody's cup of tea but it works for us. As much as I love gardens I don't like the work involved so we've made it as maintenance free as possible which means no grass cutting, hedge trimming or weeding etc. I just plant up a few tubs each year, sit back and enjoy! xx

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