November 2013

After a well earned rest for everybody the workers returned eager to crack on.  With the weather holding up remarkably well Tony’s main job was to lime wash the new harling. This is a painstaking process of brushing the walls with a lime & water mix, building up the coats until the wall has a protective skin – this takes 5 or 6 coats… and the photos really don’t do his hard work the justice it deserves!

We also spent many more hours in the garden.  First up was completing the tidying up of the Yew Avenue, with a lot of help from Barbara & Alistair and also Meg’s brother Andy.  It has taken a whole year but we have finally made it!

One of the seating areas on the way into the walled garden was also completed:

Other outside jobs included starting the foundations for the summer house, building more of the Ha Ha, working on the last quarter of the back lawn, tackling an infestation of moles and clearing around the greenhouse ready for its renovation.

Finally, here are a few photos of the foxgloves and lupins, just to prove that the weather isn’t always cold at this time of year!

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