We've been looking after our two local grandchildren this week although these days it's more a matter of taking them to supervised holiday activities and being generally available especially in the early mornings and at tea time.
It's been a quiet week at home, but since the unsettled weather had improved by Wednesday we went to the local garden nursery.
|The last two photos were taken in November last year -|
Christmas trees on sale and blue skies!
Hoping for the same weather this year!
There are so many mature trees growing between the displays of plants on sale that a walk around the nursery is always a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. We found that the items we decided to buy were cheaper than in the gardening department of our local Do-it-Yourself store and there was more variety. We bought some bags of slate pieces and some orange and purple pansies and dianthus (Diabunda Red Picotee) for our back garden project.
The former raised flower bed is an odd shape. It was inherited from the lady who lived in the house before us and we decided it would be easier to put down slate pieces rather than attempt more heavy and complicated work with cobbles or paving. We could do with another bag of them to get a better covering. The next job is to power wash the paving and the other areas including the covered yard (which has been cleared of most of the pots of tomato and sweet pepper plants).
The pears were picked because of the threat of high winds at the beginning of the week, although they're not ripe. There are about twenty of them and they've been stored with the rest of the fresh produce and I will have to think how I will use them as we've never had this many on our young tree. Everything else has ripened and is being used fresh, frozen, bottled or dried.
My husband also picked the few bunches of grapes growing on the wall in the front garden and the above is the result. The skins have been cleared out and the liquid is fermenting and there will be two or three bottles of wine when the process is complete.
Gino sleeps most of the day away and who can blame him!
This is his secret world behind our cypress hedge and beyond (through the fence).