Today wasn't a promising start. Grey and foggy with drizzly rain, but it soon brightened up to a glorious day! I picked up Milo last night and he soon settled back into Bramble Cottage routine again. Woke up at 7 this morning! I have one day off and could have done with a lie in. Anyway, Milo was raring to go, so was walked by 8.30, which was just in time to get home for a Lady who was coming over to pick up my 2 old eglu runs. Deal done and I have reclaimed more of my garden.
I spent a couple of hours hacking away at the old honeysuckle that dominated the garden. You know the drill, a job you wish you had never started? 6 tub trugs later, I was done! The plan is to remove the very sturdy trellis and relocate it to cover the oil tank. I can then put a large raised bed in between the oil tank and water butt. I have a pear tree ready to plant against the fence and will put another climbing plant in, to hide the ugly tank.
When pulling out the old honeysuckle, I found loads of ladybirds. Having destroyed their home, I thought it fitting to give something back. I'm good like that. So I fashioned some insect homes from the dried bits and hung them around the garden. Very rustic. Will not be making them to sell...
It seems my earlier post about plentiful eggs was a bit premature. Pru laid two eggs in 3 days, so I thought we were off to a good start. She must have read my blog and snubbed me, as she hasn't laid since!! Agnes and Cornelia started squatting a few days ago (which to non hen owners, means they will soon start laying) and today I was rewarded with a lovely Cornelia egg! My egg skelter is not looking that full, with only 3 eggs since the 2nd of November. One egg a month from 4 hens isn't bad is it? Fret not Waitrose, my custom is good for a while yet.
.....and the rest of my garden looking dreadful. Give it time. I need a couple of raised beds and a truck load of gravel and it'll look great. (A couple of burly workmen might help too).
One job I have finished in Jase's niece's baby quilt! I started with 3" squares and soon regretted it. Obviously 5-6" squares would have been easier and quicker.
Rather chuffed with the finished result! It is only small, but then she is only a baby! Will look great in her buggy!
C x x