"Can you pull a bit harder?"
And now the chimney pot is loose.
And that's the current state of play!
Sometime next week, hopefully, the scaffolding is going to be moved round the house, the chimney cleaned with chains(!!) and the chimney pot re-set. Murphy's Law!
The scaffolding gives me the opportunity to have a bird's eye view of the garden. This wall looks very bare now that the dead tree has been cut down and you can see how parched the lawn looks with week after week of glorious warm, dry weather.
The fir tree in the foreground is looking rather sickly.
We are eating well from the garden with rather a lot of courgettes. I took a peep under the leaves of my squash plants and discovered - courgettes!
Only one squash growing so far.
The onions are small and have folded their stems and stopped growing, the 'Blue Lake' beans are cropping well
and the coriander is setting seed. It smells wonderful when you brush past it.
I've cut our wisteria hard back. It's a disgrace, not one flower this year. Walking down the road to the fields I passed my neighbour's wisteria giving a second burst of colour.
After weeks of sunshine the fields are golden, the crops cut and ready to be baled.
A balloon floated overhead as we walked back home.
And tonight. just in time for Friday Skywatch, the most amazing sunset!
The tail end of Hurricane Bertha is supposed to be arriving at the weekend - I hope the chimney stack stays up on the roof!