Gardening and Gin

After a freezing and miserable spring, summer has decided to be amazing, sunny, warm, dry and the best thing since I don’t know what.


Consequently I’ve had a lot more brainspace, like, enough to decant and label all the gin.


And to make some more gin.


Every opportunty is taken to do daily tasks outdoors.


Last year’s apple tree got blossoms and three actual fruits, which we took off to help it grow a bit more before it’s expected to produce.


Most of what was in what is being called the lumpy garden has survived.


The upright dwarf acer Steve gave is us absolutely thriving.


The path remains dry, flat and so damn easy to walk on!


We’ve discovered a love of tulips.


And Anna did a massive makeover of part of the raised bed.


We planted a bunch of random stuff, just to make it pretty and to get some potted stuff in the ground.


And it’s come on in leaps and bounds. The strawberries are going nuts. I am sure the birds and slugs will get them, but they’re pretty to look at.


And the smelly sherbet-orange rose is still as healthy as ever. And as pungent.

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Ok, so here’s how far we’ve got with the ceiling painting. That was a while ago, and I should really get on with drawing the next bit but, uh, other priorities.


While I was up on the scaffolding I took a couple of pictures from persepctives I hope never to see again. Here’s the door I built so I can get through from the floor upstairs and hang art installations from the beam.


Here’s the requisite smiling selfie.


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Burn Everything


Everyone came round, we dragged all the crummy old bits of wood into a heap and set it on fire. It was marvellous.


Some of those of us fonder of fire did build it rather large. They did not burn down the warming hut, contrary to what it may look like.


We ate lovely food, and although I had only counted 10, there turned out to be 12 of us. Well, there was enough and we all fit, just, so it was fine.


By the next day, this is all that was left of 5 years worth of accumulated crap that I fooled myself was a good idea to keep “just in case”. Such a life cleanse.


Another task that was long overdue was the cleaning of the outdoor kitchen, which Bob and Jen did an admirable job of. If you want anything cleaned thoroughly, I tell you, put Jen on it. Now we can actually use the space again.

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Here’s what happiness looks like:


Pirate Steve was kind enough to come round and share our leg of lamb. Pirate Steve was then good enough to lend us the key to his house while he’s away hunting pirates (which is literally something he does) so we can use his shower. Which I did this morning. It was glorious.


In other, colourful news: we managed to get one quarter of the ceiling painting done.


And I found some colourful tiles cheap on ebay, which is not always easy to do. One pound per square meter. Only catch is, I had to buy 40 square meters. Anybody else need any mosaics?


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I love my friends

I just love my friends. That’s all.

Anyway, here are some pictures.


It’s been really cold.


And then also sometimes warm. But only for two days.


Andy helped me put up a big awkward piece of plasterboard.



Anna helped me put up the other and I managed all the small pieces and some stupidly awkward filling of edges and corners.


And it doesn’t look terrible.

In a day or two, when it’s all dry and soforth, we are ready to put up two of the panels of the ceiling painting. Then on to the second half of this most crazy awkward of jobs that I will be very pleased to see the back of.

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