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my 26th birthday garden'ing' party!


Saturday was my birthday, all my friends were asking what i was doing for it, my responce…
‘Mum and dad are bringing the wood chipper down!’
Yes i was 26 and yes i was very excited about them coming all the way from norfolk to help me and lend me the wood chipper!
(not that i got a look in tho, dad took controll of it lol. Well he is a carpenter and he dose like to say the best thing about wood is burning it! Now it’s burning it on the wood burner and chipping it for the garden lol)
I only have a few pic’s as we were too busy working away to take more, we were mostly clearing all the ivy and tree branches that i had taken down up and taking what we couldn’t chip to the dump or cutting the big logs up for mum and dad’s wood burner, the place looks a bit bare again but as i’ve still got all the plants mum’s donated to me from her garden to put in i’m going to update this as the week goes on!

Happy helper #1
Dad that looks loads better but we have to stick to the plan, ivy off tree!

Front of the ivy round the pear tree, dad went at it with the axe, that should start killing the top of it off.

The big ivy trunk running up the back of tha tree, thats got ya hahaha.

Happy helper #2 thanks mum!

Err i dont think we’re gona get much more in there do you? Best head off to the dump and come back…

To get the rest of the mess and all the stuff dad’s taken off round the back!

We came back from the second trip to the dump and i left ma n pa out back with the wood chipper, taking off the dead wood from one of the trees and cutting up the big logs for them to take home, i went to cook us dinner, got to keep the workers strength up!
Then it was time for cakes and presents!
Ma and pa had to leave not long after dinner, not before we had a wander around and looked at all our hard work tho, then dad say’s next time he comes he’ll bring the chainsaw and we’ll get rid of the two dead trees out back and the dead wood off another one we couldn’t get at with the tools we had, thanks dad cant wait!
So now they’ve gone back off to Norfolk and its still light and lovely and warm so i decide to finish off hoing and raking over the bed where all the mess was

Thats loads better, ready for all the goodies mum gave me and around them can go the wood chips dad’s been working on all day!

As it was still quite light and warm out i decided to get the rose’s i got from sainsbury’s reduced section in the front border aswell.
To be continued over the week but all in all a very successful day, i wouldn’t have been able to do it with out mum and dad’s help, my biggest thanks to them for all their hard work =D

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Happy Birthday, Claire! That was a good 'garden party'!

27 Jun, 2011


Glad you enjoyed your birthday, Claire...
nice that your parents were able to help out with clearing the garden ..
... next trip ... chain saw ...
... that will call for another blog ;o)

27 Jun, 2011


great news for the pear tree.. Sound like you had a great day with you family doing exactly what you wanted , perfect!!

27 Jun, 2011


thanks folks it really was a good day!
As i dont drive i have to wait till they come to get rid of stuff, the mess at the front was the ivy i had taken off a few weeks ago, i thought the gardener had cleared it and just left the branch but when i moved it to start cutting bits off to be chipped i realised he had jus moved the whole from the back to the front! No matter now tho because it's all gone thanks to ma n pa, best birthday present of all!
I am quite looking forward to dad bringing the chainsaw next time, we'll get loads more light round the back which should make the lawn a lot nicer as atm its mostly moss.

27 Jun, 2011


Great way to spend a birthday. Doing what you want.

27 Jun, 2011


your so right about that! Usually i'd go out and get smashed with me mates, this year i've got a proper sense of achivement and something to work on for weeks to come!
Although i've been told not to cut anything else back and let the gardener do it so he can clear it away ; ) hehehe

27 Jun, 2011


Happy Birthday Claire albeit late. 10 out of 10 for mums and dads. You all worked very hard. I think you should get a house council meeting going and sack the gardener. What does he do? As you will be paying him (all of you ) I think you need to get him motivated if he is staying and he needs to be told what the residents need him to do to ensure the good work is progressed. Did anyone else surface to help. Maybe you need a BBQ next time with invitations to join the work party and bring their own food and drink. They must be pleased you have moved in. A tip to help keep the weeds down in your borders where you are putting the wood chip, put down 2/3 sheets of newspaper first with the wood chip on top. It will disintegrate over the year and any bulbs you plant under the mulch will be able to break through. Your Ivy looks like a triffid trying to take over that pear tree. It was definitely needing to go. I look forward to the next chapter.

27 Jun, 2011


Happy birthday ! And what better way to spend it :o)

27 Jun, 2011


Happy belated birthday Claire! Great to have your Mum and Dad round for your birthday!

28 Jun, 2011


Happy belated birthday Claire! That would be my best kind of birthday too! One of the best pressies my hubby ever gave me was a huge pile of cow manure brought in in a tracter bucket and dumped near my flowerbeds!!
Love your yellow that space!

30 Jun, 2011


thank you all for my birthday wishes!
Scotts Ms Andrews came out and had a chat to ma n pa, think she realised i cant do all the work as some of it's pretty major stuff, the gardener came on monday instead of wednesday so i bet she's had a word again lol. I tried inviting people last year to a BBQ but no one came, that was with out all the hard work lol.
Lulu thats an Ace present! How thoughtful of him lol, we have the police on horse's where i work, they were out the other week and left a nice steaming present outside the shop, the thought did cross my mind to go back and grab a bucket and spade, then i thought the people on the bus wouldn't be to happy with me on the way home! Hehehe
Alas i wont be updating this blog like i said as when i went to plant up all the goodies mum gave me from her garden i discoverd where i want to put them (in the big dirt bed) was actually used as a rubble dumping ground : (
I have another blog brewing tho because i'm now completley digging it over and taking out the rubble so the new blogs going to be all that hard work lol.

30 Jun, 2011


I may be shot down in flames here for what I am about to suggest, but, I think if that patch grew nice healthy weeds you might not need to dig out all the rubble, if you are putting in perennials. They often like neutral to alkaline soil and if there is rubble there it could have old dead lime which is great for perennials. The rubble will be keeping it well drained and also the rubble will hold reserves of water which does save you having to water as often. Just a suggestion and maybe the start of a conversation on 'To dig it all out or not'.

30 Jun, 2011


it's not rubble anymore it's sand now :( about 2-3 inch of soil and sand lots and lots of sand :(
sorry i've just been out there digging for another 3 hours :(

30 Jun, 2011


thank you tho, sorry i'm just a bit diss heartened atm, i'll keep working on it over the weekend and see what happens, there is always a silverlining as they say...

30 Jun, 2011


I think you need a week end off and out with your pals. It will be there when you are not as my OH keeps saying. Don't scunner yourself because you have made a lot of headway and it will all work out for you.

30 Jun, 2011


lol, once again sound advice, thank you!
I feel better now i've had some rest (i was close to tear's last night? Haha crying over sand) i had a chat with dad, he said to go buy some compost and mix it all in together, the sand will help with the drainage and the compost will give it some more oomph!?
I'd love a night out but at the same time i'm one of those people who when they get started they want to see the job through, next saturday i'm workin but this wkend i've got two whole days to meself so i should be able to get quite a lot done!
Thanks again. xx

1 Jul, 2011


I hope the weather is kind to you and happy gardening.

1 Jul, 2011


thank you, =D

1 Jul, 2011


Och Claire pet! It seems to be one step forwards and five back at the minute for you! Don't be disheartened, hun, (to use one of Cristina's words!) once you get some compost mixed in there it'll be great! Maybe some 'nure (as a wee friend of mine calls it!) would be good to add for some water retaining bulk. Look at it this way, you've got all the digging done now, and all you are doing now is adding and mixing! It's like a big cake! Don't fancy it much with a cuppa though! Bleurgh!! Lol!
I'm looking forward to your next blog, with heaps of piccies pleeeeease!!
I'll be thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts... there now...did you get that one? They feel like tiny hugs! Look out for them, you never know when they will arrive!! Take care, Claire! Oh!...I'm a poet and I didn't know it, !Lol!

2 Jul, 2011

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