Ours is not a house where decorations are gone into in any great quantity but I do usually stretch to a tree and a few bits and bobs.
The tiny fibre-optic tree in the dining toom was simple – out of the box and plug it in.
Then came the front room – something more of a mission. But as it was a cold day and Yule is just 11 days away it seemed as good a time as any to deck the halls. I had tested both sets of tree lights a couple of days ago. Both worked so I didn’t buy any more whilst we were out shopping yesterday. This afternoon when I got them all out I tested them again.
All was well… Continue reading
This morning we had proof, should there ever have been doubt, that Miss Dilly is a tyrant… More of that later.
It is three months since we moved house and in this smaller place it is easier to watch the dynamics of the resident clowder. Continue reading
Today was all about cutting back ivy – which had smothered 5 panels of the rhs fence.
This is an ancient ivy – or to be more precise ivys because there are at least five different varieties there. The largest leaf variety is covered on flowers and fruits so I am loathe to cut too much back because they are a source of winter food for insects and when the sun is out the flowers are ashimmer with bees and hoverflies (and even the occasional late butterfly).
Likewise the fruits provide winter feed for the birds.
I also feared that it was going to pull the fence down. Having chopped it back from the end two of the spread I realise that the ivy may be the only thing holding the centre three sections up! So have limited myself to trimming the long non-flowering strands for now.
Also in tidying the edges beneath found that the ivy roots were holding the grey-water drain cover tightly in place. Much swearing and hacking with secateurs has freed it up and pushed the border edge back by almost a foot.
Bin is brimming and I am exhausted but a good job done.
I will start taking pics of my own at some point 🙂