Recipes from my Suffolk Kitchen

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Before and After

I've tackled that mess at the end of the garden
It took me almost all of yesterday morning to cut out the weed suppressant that was buried under 2+ inches of weeds beneath the pergola thing. I could then see what was supposed to be growing up the posts.

  There are roses at two of the posts, but they aren't climbers, an almost dead honeysuckle and a nasty looking vine of some sort. Also 2 Hebes ,which are not my favourite shrubs although Mrs F must have liked them as there are others around the plot.
 So nothing that has to be kept and then we found that several of the posts are rotten at the bottom, so that clinches it.................The Thing at the bottom of the garden will be taken down.
It needs some soil to level it with the grass surrounding and then we can mow regularly which will get rid of the weeds and the wood will be cut up to keep the wood burner going for several evenings. There are two big ash trees in the hedge-line boundary just behind the pergola, between us and the field so this area isn't much good for growing.

It was a good day job-wise as  I also planted the blackcurrant then we got the  screw eyes in the greenhouse and the wires threaded through ready to tie up  the cucumbers ............when they grow.. Col visited his Dad and mowed with the ride on mower.

 Also had a letter yesterday from the tax office telling us what Col will be allowed from  ESA and  his County Council pension before they start taking tax off, so  we are getting nearer to learning what we have to live on while Colin is still having treatment.

Many thanks for all the yogurt comments yesterday. It's strange to think what a large part of the fridges in supermarkets are taken up by all the different types of yogurt in 2017 when  it was virtually unknown 50 years ago.We've been persuaded it is something we need when actually we could easily live without it if we had to!

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Sue

16 comments:

  1. Job well done ~ that weed suppressing membrane is a bit of a beggar to remove, isn't it? It certainly doesn't stop the weeds from growing down through it and that give it a stupendously stubborn to remove anchor!

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  2. What a difference your hard work has made.

    It makes me laugh how supermarkets overstock the areas that carry 'in' foods and yet at our Tesco the other week I couldn't even get a bag of frozen peas-x-

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  3. shame the wood is rotten, it would love so lovely with roses all over it. But better to use it for firewood.

    you are a real hard worker Sue.
    Have a lovely weekend x

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  4. That pergola must have been lovely in its day. Too bad that the wood is rotted but at least you can use it as firewood. I love seeing photos of your yard.

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  5. Lots of work, but the firewood will come in handy xx

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  6. Looks like a lot of hard work but the end result will be worth it. Will you move the roses to a better location?

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    1. I think they might be too big and old to move, but I might try.

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  7. Hard work to clear, but it will be worth it. Shame that the pegoda thingy is rotten at the bottom.

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  8. What is that vase-like object on one of the cross beams?

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    1. That is a very good question! I'll get it down and take a photo and ask for suggestions!

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  9. shame the pagoda wood was rotten, I imagine it would make a nice sitting area. with regards to yogurt, I am 66 and when I was 14 I went to France and lived with a family for 3 weeks. Whilst there I enjoyed the french set yogurt and wrote home about it. My dad toured Derby to try and get some as it was so rare. However, the yogurt he found was the typical, slightly runny sort not the french set so I didn't think it was as nice. It was good of him to try thought. And as you say, there are so many to chose from now.

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  10. I am so sorry Sue - I have only just realised that you have moved to a new site. I shall put you on my side bar immediately. Hope you are happy in your new home and that Col's treatment goes well. Love to both.

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  11. You have made great progress. Pity the wood in the pagoda was rotten.

    God bless.

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  12. Shame that the posts are rotten at the bottom, Sue. But I'm sure you'll do something lovely with this area of your garden once you've removed them. Meg:)

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  13. Too bad the posts are rotten. That's just the sort of thing I need for my grape vines that I bought!

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  14. Loving your new site. Too bad about the pergola. One question, is it treated posts? If so, please don't use it for firewood.

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