As we mentioned in the last entry, we decided that the amount of planting and work required in the garden would mean that we would be fully occupied there until well into next year. So we have merged the various designs we had produced and sprinkled on a little of our own ideas and got someone else to do most of it!
The one thing that we have always said that we would do is replace the hedging that was removed to allow access for the house to be built. The hedging arrived last week and we had run out of excuses for not doing it, so last weekend, we bit the bullet and got on with it.
|Mixed hedging delivered|
|Future hedge location|
The day before we started planting the hedge, the landscape gardener appeared with what seems like hundreds of plants and distributed them to the appropriate locations around the garden ready for the next tier of gardeners to plant during the following week. This gave us a good idea of what was going where but did make hedge planting something of an obstacle course. We were afraid to move plants out of the way as we didn't trust ourselves to put them back in the same place. Digging then became some a contortionist's exercise. Despite all this, by the end of the weekend, nearly all the hedging is planted. This just left the rest of the garden!
|Delivery of some the garden plants|
|Plants in position|
|New hedging in situ|
|Some plants planted|
|More plants planted (in the frost)|
|Crate of Welsh Slate|
It is now the run up to Christmas and the many many crates of decorations which have followed us around the village before being corralled in the garage have been opened, examined, and the best (well, meets the strict colour criteria apparently) decorations taken out for display in the new house. Considering the number of decorations we actually have, I am really very surprised that so few have been put up. However, amongst those few are three trees. A small one on the boat, a medium one in the lounge, and a large one on the terrace outside the lounge. One of our friends (you know who you are) has previously stated that they will know when we have finally settled in when the Christmas tree appears on the terrace. So it looks like we've arrived then!
|One of the 3 trees|
|Chilly evening in Cropredy|