This past weekend, my parents very kindly treated me to a new lawn mower. I’ve been patiently waiting out the weather so that I could use it for the first time. Yesterday evening I finally saw a gap in the rain long enough to try it out. It was working fine until I hit a stone. One blast of sparks later, and a little further along, I found I’d managed to bend the blade and then gouge chunks out of the lawn. I left that for the time being, and instead moved onto raking up some of the dead grass that hadn’t been picked up. The second I pulled on the rake, the head fell clean off, as its wooden pole had rotted through. I’ve given up gardening for the week now.
On the bright side, the blade looks like it won’t cost much more than £15 to replace, which is a bonus. I will get my garden looking less rubbish, I swear.
And found these butterflies up to no good. It was quite tricky to get a good close-up of them, I didn’t want to disturb them.
This is probably a fair indicator of where I’m up to at the moment with the garden, there is a lot of work to do around the edges. The dark area at the back needs clearing and sorting out, not really sure what I’ll do with it yet. I think I’ll clear it first, then worry about that. It lacks a lot of sunlight for starters, so I’m not quite sure what will best grow there, I would like to see something there though.
This ramshackle thing is a quince bush (I’ve been told, anyways). I’m trying to encourage it along the fence a bit more, and should really hack it back into a bit of shape. May do that tonight if I’m feeling energetic.
Knackered today, spent most of yesterday afternoon in the garden. I now have a feature developing that could loosely be described as a rockery, with various things planted in it. Must start getting pics up at some stage, I have been trying to take them as I go along this year. It still isn’t looking neat, but it is certainly a lot closer to tidy than it has done for some time.
Still playing Mr Driller, although my enthusiasm may be about to start the waning period. However we are going to woking on Friday, so it might pick up for the train journey.
We also managed a massive walk along the river on Saturday, about 2 and a half hours, plus a pub break halfway. Then a massive Chinese meal, and finished off with watching Lost in Translation, which is a great film, nothing much happens, but to be honest, you don’t care.