Most frequent readers of this blog will know that we do a fair bit of physical work around the property here at Struan Farm. We're used to being high energy and working hard. But springtime puts us to the test. There's just so much that needs to be done pretty much all at once when the weather cooperates.
The past few weeks we've kicked it into high gear in the gardens and around the Homestead, Garden Cottage and Cottage before the farmstay season gets busy. Cleaning windows, gutters, roofs, painting, weeding, trimming. John pulled out Maurie's old Oregon pine wooden ladder to get up on the roof. It's so heavy he can barely lift it. Kids, please don't do this at home!
We've also been working on refining John's updated vision for the back gardens. He's laid out limestone rock for the back edge that Mike will dig in, after which the soil will be turned over and I will get to planting. The trellises will also get washed and painted.
Part of this process involved removing a "rustic rubble" edge to that garden on the left hand side above. The rubble has gone to a path in another part of the garden. It will be replaced by a low brick edge, in keeping with the front edge of that garden. (Please note that this looks quite rough at present, it will all be prettied up and reflect our high standards when done!)
As I was digging up a special pink dahlia to protect it from the concreting and related construction, I found a brick edge submerged deep in the soil. It had just been buried when replaced by the rustic rubble. A major find!
So I've managed to save nephew Mike a bit of work laying out bricks and concreting, he'll only need to add a second layer on top of what is already there.
It also seems, at least to me, that we're taking the garden back to the future, where it has gone before....