Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Recycled Bug Hotel building and gardening work
Its been a few days since I was here last its been a busy couple of weeks and I have had a much needed computer break to. Losing my friend hit me hard my husband drove me up country for her funeral and it was a really heart breaking day I met up with some old friends that I haven't seen since leaving school to. I came home and switched everything off including myself for a while I just let the tears flow and kept busy outside. She was only 44 years old the same age as myself and to young to go she had her whole life ahead of her and I have had some quite times of reflection and re-evaluation of my own life. I never take things for granted, appreciate everything I have but its made me think hard about life and what we have and what we still dream of doing made us think about planning ahead for when our journey here at the cottage has to come to an end and although we are going to enjoy every day here while we can I think its also important for us to think and plan ahead to, to keep on keeping those dreams alive. I have been busy in the garden clearing, digging, painting and building whilst enjoying being out in nature listening to the birds feeding and watching the huge variety that graces us with their presence, from the Nut Hatch, Green finch , Gold finch, Bull finch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, house sparrow and the Robin each one so beautiful and our regular Pheasant to who comes every morning or evening to feed also. We have explored our surroundings to and found some gorgeous lakes and woods close by, bluebells cover the landscape around here I have never seen so many and cant wait for them to come into flower.
My first job was to paint the fencing that now makes our back garden which we sectioned off from the rest of the land. We re used all my decking panels from my allotment which built my raised beds and I spent 2 afternoons painting them a lovely shade of blue. I am really pleased with the way they look now and how it actually blends into the landscape.
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I have also been making a little area by the chicken enclosure after I painted the fence panel a shade of purple I hung up some metal bunting and a metal flower planter that I had in my old garden put the old lawn mower there that was being thrown out that I rescued along with some of my old pots. I have decided now though that I am going to dig that area out and make a flower boarder so that is one of my jobs this week. When I look out of the kitchen window I wanted something nice to look at from a distance.
I have also been clearing out the old coal shed of all its wood and rubbish. The photo on the left shows it full the photo on the right shows it empty apart from the coal and some planks of wood I wanted to keep for flower boarding edging.
I mentioned to my mum on the morning that they were leaving that I was going to clear out the coal shed that day and she poked her head inside and saw a black plastic bag and couldn't resist looking inside and pulled out all these Vintage magazines all from the 60's gardening ones and stamp collecting ones to what a magical find and to think these were going to be burnt they are currently waiting to be read :-)
As I mentioned in my last post my husband built a new log store which is just outside the back of the house now attached to the side of the shed. It was built using fence panels that were being thrown away as well as posts. He lined it all with plastic sheeting that we already had and then we did have to buy 3 clear plastic pieces of sheeting which cost us £18. We took the metal sheeting off one of the log sheds for the roof but sadly in the terrible wind and rain storms we have had its leaked so we need to replace the roof we are very exposed to the weather up here and its been a steep learning curve as we have had to rescue the chicken run roof to.
My son and myself started clearing the 3 log sheds so we can knock them down we hadn't got far and then my lovely parents came to stay for 4 days it was a real joy to have them here. They last saw the cottage in its original state after being locked up for 3 years they were amazed by the transformation we had made. Mum loves the countryside ( well they do live there themselves ) and gardening to in fact we are more like twins with our love for the same things and hobbies. Dad helped us to clear one of the sheds he climbed inside and was throwing the logs out to me and then my son was putting them into the wheelbarrow and then I was filling up our new log store. We cleared that shed but just left some long planks that we could re use. It was terrible inside and so dusty it hadn't been cleared for years.
Believe me when I say this shed was floor to ceiling full of year old logs, dust and dirt. Now all that is left are a few long planks I want to use to build flower beds and those bits on the floor we will burn on the garden fire.
While Mum was here she cleared an area and made a little garden by the side of the house and I wish I had taken a before photo. Its where the hedge is and the roots had grown onto and over the path but snowdrops were growing here and it was crying out for a makeover.
Now if you look towards the gate at the bottom and to the left you can just make out the area there see the roots growing over the path. While Mum was digging it over and splitting the snow drops and also walking around the grounds digging up other little bits of plants I was thinking Bug Hotel this little area is so natural looking I thought a bug hotel would look great. So with my wheelbarrow I went on the hunt for materials.
This is what I found the pile of rubbish is actually outside the front of the cottage. I found bricks, broken pots, a large brick with holes in it and a lovely metal piece which I assume came from one of the fires. I also found wood and boxes from the falling down log sheds.
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I also collected some moss from the lawn, bits of twigs and branches and soil and crushed up rotten wood which had rotted into the soil by the garage.
And here is my little finished re cycled Bug Hotel :-) And I have to say I love it and its rustic appearance. It cost me nothing but my time, but I loved every minute of designing it on the spur of the moment and gathering and hunting the materials. And it gives this little space a much needed little focal point. I also added some broken pots to the area and logs to.
The Belfast sink was already there and did actually come from the cottage a few years ago. I found a bag of bark so scattered it around it to tidy up the area and give it a bit of depth.
This gorgeous log was in one of the sheds waiting to be burnt I rescued it and put it next to the Bug Hotel I love the fungus on it and I am sure the insects will love it to.
I made up this little planter in the same area again I got the bricks from the front garden, the crate was waiting to be burnt and the pots from the greenhouse I have some flower seeds in the green house growing that I will add to the pots in a few weeks time :-)
You can just see the little wooden crate potting area to the left of this photo. I love this little area now and I know its going to be added to. So when I come out of my back door now and walk towards my greenhouse I have a lovely little garden to look at thanks to my Mum and myself.
My chickens continue to thrive and are now nearly covered in feathers and i adore them and you will be amazed at their fast recovery as much as I am. I will share them next time as I have decided to do something extra for the charity to but I think that's enough for today.
Thank you for reading my little space here and for your lovely comments I am sorry I haven't been over to your own blogs for a while but I will be popping over later in the week.
Take lots of care
Until next time
Bye for now dee xx