Gesso painting of our cottage by James Lynch.
There are highs and lows when living in an old building. Our cottage is far from perfect, there has been a dwelling on this site for hundreds of years and old roof lines can be seen in the walls where the property has been enlarged. It tends to be warm in summer and cold in winter, when it would be far more comfortable the other way about. Last week, during heavy rain and wind, water was blown into the house above a couple of the windows. Himself has been up a ladder doing some remedial pointing. When things have dried out a bit he will apply waterproofing in the hopes of keeping us dry throughout the winter.
The poor weather has brought problems in the garden as well. Last year we lost a prolific red apple tree to honey fungus and have been carefully tending the remaining tree of the same variety.
I've dug them and the surrounding earth up and bagged it. The tree trunk and the earth has been doused in Jeyes fluid.
I'm not hopeful.
The pears, meanwhile, have had a splendid season. Some are still on the tree, but most have been picked to ripen indoors.