Wednesday, 14 May 2008

New Fire Surround.

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? I've been busy cleaning out the lily pond today. I call it the lily pond but it doesn't have any lily's in it, in fact its pretty rubbish as far as ponds go, its always green no matter what I do to try and stop it. It would probably help in that respect if there was a lily in there to help shade the water a bit as it gets the full sun nearly all day long. Anyway I've got it cleaned out and am trying a bag of barley straw to see if that helps at all.

We've had a couple of Vicki's friends Doug and Linda over this past couple of days putting in a new fire surround for us. Doug has been doing the fire surround and Linda has been keeping everyone supplied with tea and coffee. As you will see from the pictures below he has made a really good job of it. We have to paint it yet but I think Vicki is wanting to do out the whole room so she may leave until then, I will send you a picture when we get it done.


Also today at work I planted out my climbing french beans, its a bit early yet really but they are starting to wrap around each other in their pots so I thought it better to risk planting them now than have them all get tangled up. If it looks like being frosty I will have to put a bit of fleece around them. I also sowed my row of Alderman peas, these are a tall variety so they are going on the bean row to climb up some netting - thats if I can get the darn stuff untangled. So as certain people were moaning last year at having to top and tail runner beans I've split the bean row in to three parts this year, as I say one third is climbing french bean, another third are the Alderman peas and then there is one third of ordinary runner beans for the non lazy. If you remember back to last summer I used to go and pick a few to eat raw for my lunch, they are really nice if eaten that way, you have to pick them young though.


Kimmie said...

The new fireplace looks nice and I am sure that you both must be thrilled.

I never heard of putting fleece around tender plants. I have heard people cover things, when in danger of frost...but never fleece. Now pardon my ignorance, but is fleece fabric or is it just the shorn wool off of the sheep? Yikes, I probably should know this (blushing!)

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Matron said...

I took a chance last week and planted runner bean seeds direct into the prepared trench. It was warm enough all week here in London and they are all starting to come up. I am on the hunt for some 'dog beans' I think that is what they are called. Any idea where I can get/swap some?

Anonymous said...

It has been too long since my last visit to you. Actully I had visited you a while back but couldn't post a comment to you. Anyway, I'm back at blogging again, although I never officially stopped, I just did due to slow computer and such. So, I am here to let you know that I missed your nice comments and can't wait to hear from you again.
I actually have myself a little garden this year and am loving every minute of it.
The fire place looks great.
Take care,