Tuesday 29 August 2017

Bank holiday

We had been waiting for a reliable spell of dry weather for a while, at least three good days needed during which we could dismantle and reroof the old dog pens. We had done a shoddy job of it before, not putting down a solid substructure so that the roofing sheets had sagged over time and were no longer weather proof. I think it had lasted no more than fifteen years or so. The pens abut the former gamekeeper's store with it's pantiled roof. The scaffolding tower, here partially erected, is one of the most useful pieces of kit that we have ever bought. (Along with the workbench that Himself put on his wedding gift list when my mother asked him for suggestions!)
Well, we certainly got dry weather for the job, this bank holiday weather was the hottest on record. Not very British! My role in the rebuild was as goffer, go for this, hand up that, to save Himself from having to climb up and down. It was hot up there on the roof!

Far more pleasant under the trees.
This warm weather is ripening the fruit beautifully.
Perhaps we shall have an Indian summer.


  1. I think scaffolding and another work bench would be well used here, too. I like the roof on that part. It looks like you are going to get a lot of apples and pears. -Jenn

  2. To compound ghastly Scottish summer(?) leaves are turning colour and August isn't even out!

  3. Goffer is the best jobunless they complain you are not goffering fast enough. That looks like a lot of work and best to get it done while the sun shines.

    It is still summer here but the past week has been cooler and more pleasant. I even put on a light sweater last night. Being optimistic, I am hoping for another six weeks of summer, however, I will be happy with four.

  4. I want to take you up on the offer of sharing your garden. You are only a few miles from me...

  5. I have been studying each photo. I am in awe.
    You have a most beautiful garden.

    cheers, parsnip

  6. Great work! And look at all that lovely fruit, I also hope we have an Indian Summer! That would make me very pleased, I may even get some red tomatoes lol!

  7. I like the roof on that part. It looks like you are going to get a lot of apples and pears. -Jenn