April – June 2019

As the longer days kicked in and the weather improved we were a hive of activity, starting with the removal of the bees from our roof space.  The bees will be taken away long enough for their memory of our roof to fade, but will be brought back once the existing hive can be split.  A huge thank you to Margaret, our friendly and knowledgable bee expert!

One of the problems we have encountered during the wetter months has been drainage issues on our driveway.  With the main drain successfully laid at the same time as the phone cable was rerouted, it was now time to lay some land drainage and get ready for installing a manhole.

Work also continued on the garden walls:

And, once the bees were away, Mike took the opporutnity to do some running roof repairs.  Although truth be told, really spent his time taking in the view…

We uncovered and then recovered the original drain from the annex after satisfying ourselves that it didn’t do anything useful anymore:

The kids’ play area recieved a much needed upgrade, including digging out 15 tonnes(!) of material to accomodate a sunken trampoline.

And, following yet more problems with the old Westwood ride on, we welcomed the latest addition to the family at Hallyards – Noah the mower!  Thanks to Kenny from Border Chainsaws for installing and setting up, and Tony for the name!

The garden stores also came on leaps and bounds, with the walls up to height, the roof trusses installed and the roof mostly in place.  Forgive the lack of order in these photos – 57 in all!

The wildlife was once again very interested in our progress – hares, deer, pheasants, blackbirds…

And no month would be complete without a round up of what was happening in the garden…

With so much going on outside with the better weather, progress inside was somewhat muted.  Mike did manage to get the sink in the laundry fitted, at least.

And to finish, a couple of shots of the bluebell woods and a couple more of one of the many sunsets we get to enjoy.

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