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Here we are…on line at last!

Here’s a few pics of developments so far. Tomorrow I am off up north again, so will be back on line later in the week.

As you can see…I’ve cleared the border completely (with the exception of the euonymus…they take so long to get to this size, I felt it worth keeping). Chris and Marion from Glamis Castle helped me get all the big roots out, and I also saved a big Hosta and replanted that in front of the two golden Cypress.

The water feature has been placed and all the plants you kindly gave me have been transplanted in to this area so they are all close to me in the summer.

I finished off the planting today, and these pics were taken a few days ago, so it does look a bit fuller now.

I thinned down the two big apple trees, removing all the crossing and inward growing branches so as to allow air flow around the tree. Hopefully that will mean bigger and better apples next year. This years were a bit scabby, but they tasted great! Most of them were gone by the time we arrived, but I managed to make a lovely apple crumble with apples that came from one of the other trees. There are five apple trees altogether, one of which might be a Bramley. The others all seem to be dessert varieties. There’s also a good sized plum tree which had fruit on when we came to view the house, but they were all removed by the time we moved in, so I’ll have to wait until next year for my plums (one of my favourite fruits!).

Thank you for looking at my blog. I can’t tell you how happy we are with our new home and garden. I’m now working on the area up at the roadside where the gate will eventually go. I’m clearing out yet more ugly old shrubs and overgrown herbaceous plants…loads of Crocosmia!

Scott is continually going back and forth to the recycling centre with all the rubbish. There are four big compost bins, at least one of which is full of beautiful compost so that’s a huge boon! I haven’t looked in the others yet…I’m soooo busy with tradesmen etc., but I’ll get around to it before long!

I think the greenhouse is going to be sited on the driveway in front of the garage, but I don’t know how long it will be before I can get it….moving house is very, very expensive! Never mind, I have plenty to do in the meantime. :)

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Welcome back Karen starting to come together.

2 Dec, 2013

 

I can't tell you how I envy you Karen. Lots of work done and things are looking great already. I love looking at your pictures and following your 'new' garden as it develops.

2 Dec, 2013

 

Oh, thanks girls! It is beginning to take shape Kath, and south facing patio!! I can just see myself soaking up the sunshine next summer!

Waddy, that's a lovely comment. I am so chuffed, I have waited 30 years for my home in the country and it was worth the wait! Hopefully, once I get my daughter home with me on Wednesday I shall be able to relax and enjoy it a bit more knowing that she is safer and within reach instead of six hours away with no phone signal etc. :))

2 Dec, 2013

 

btw, everyone....the cottage does have an upstairs extension but you'd never know from the front. It's been very cleverly designed :)

2 Dec, 2013

 

It looks lovely, Karen. Hard work, but such fun :-)

2 Dec, 2013

 

Yes, thanks melchi...and I forgot to say that OH spent a day power washing the patio which was covered with moss and lichens. We were amazed at how new it actually looked after a good clean! Now he's started on the drive way. He's been at it for two days solid and only done about a quarter of it...but it will be worth it as it is also covered in moss and accumulated mud!

2 Dec, 2013

 

It's looking great,karen..as though it has always looked like that..but we know better,don't we? Lol..you have certainly done a great job,and so lucky with the weather too..who would have thought you would have been able to get so much done in November ? Your water feature looks lovely there..you will be so relieved when Rachel gets home..and have some nice girly time together ..a bit of retail therapy would do you both good :o) ..and Scott deserves a well done too..he is working so hard ..xx

2 Dec, 2013

 

It certainly would Bloomer. I hope Rachel has some dosh, as we've spent all ours now! lol! The day I took these pics...last wednesday it was...we sat outside without coats and ate our soup at the table in the pics. It was amazing! I think it is about to change though. Snow showers forecast in the north on Wednesday as we drive home.

2 Dec, 2013

 

I'm sure she will treat you to a little something Karen..or lend you an interest free loan ! Lol..We have just got back from The Cotswolds,and had good weather too..I saw on the forecast it was going to be very cold at the weekend..all Britain is showing' blue'..ah well,we have had a good run this year..soon be spring! :o)

2 Dec, 2013

 

No wonder you are so excited about your new garden, Karen . . . with a beautiful backdrop like that! Well done for all the energetic work so far, and it's good to have you back in the fold :))

2 Dec, 2013

 

lol Bloomer! We've just shelled out for her new car!! That's where all the money's gone! (karen sobs quietly in to her wooly jumper thinking of all the plants she won't be buying) ;)

Thanks Sheila...isn't it lovely. Everyone is so pleased with it...the children love it...the birds love it...I seem to have brought all the goldfinches with me from Carnoustie! I am one very happy lady..no Christmas presents required for a very long time! :) Just have to keep praying that the farmer won't sell the plots to either side of us...they are part of his field. However, as we have no sewer I think it unlikely in the near future anyway. I have heard that he isn't keen on selling any of his land for housing...good to hear!

2 Dec, 2013

 

I used to be an avid viewer of 'Escape to the Country' but now I can't watch it....I just feel too smug! :))

2 Dec, 2013

 

Kids eh?never have any money ,so Mum's and Dad's always seem to come up trumps,don't they? We know the feeling this year too..!!..another reason why we didn't go abroad this year !..Anyway,Karen, you can always help the farmer out at harvest time,for a few extra pennies..just gathering in the Hay,I might add ! Lol...

3 Dec, 2013

 

It looks so lovely in the sun, happy days x

3 Dec, 2013

 

Hi Karen, nearly missed this blog, for some reason it hasn't come up on my favourites. But found it now it all look amazing, you have been busy the pair of you. Love it all. It will be fantastic in spring and in the summer you will be able to see what and where you need more plants, that will give you time to save up and then you will be able to spend spend spend again. lol. Safe journeys. Speak when you return. :O))))

3 Dec, 2013

 

All looking very nice Karen. Be very careful on your drive north and watch the weather. The forcast is far from nice for the next few days.

3 Dec, 2013

 

You have been lucky with the weather Karen. The trees still have colour and the odd plant is still flowering in December. I think it is to get cold at the end of the week. Better get it all done soon. It looks wonderful so far. I bet Rachel will think she has moved to a great hotel for Christmas.

3 Dec, 2013

 

My goodness Karen your garden is massive!! You lucky devil, still after waiting 30 years you deserve it.
Pleased you are keeping the fruit trees, a bonus in any garden.
Like what changes you have made, it must be a joy to wake up to that view!!🙌🙌

3 Dec, 2013

 

You have a little bit of heaven there Karen, it's beautiful and with that view too. Love the fruit trees and your renewed border is looking good.

4 Dec, 2013

 

I'm back! We've made it home just before the weather turns wicked. We had snow over the top of the Cairngorms and some bits lying on the single track in Sutherland. We stopped and got out to look at the site of Rachel's accident. She is certainly lucky to be alive. bits of her car were still lying on the embankment to the stream. We all made our own little prayers of gratitude for her safe return home, and then when we got to Bruar, north of Pitlochry! her new car broke down! Lol...it could only happen to us! We left dad there waiting for the RAC. They got him going, and hopefully he will be home soon....but honestly we could be a sitcom! Yesterday, on the way up, I developed a migraine and had to stop twice on the single track road to chuck up? but we DID IT! I wish I could tell you how beautiful that journey is on a sunny winters day, with red deer all along the moors and snow on the hills, but I couldn't do it justice? I'm glad I had the opportunity to go there four times. I doubt I shall ever go again and it so worth the effort!

4 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! X

4 Dec, 2013

 

So pleased that you got home ahead of the really severe weather, Karen. I did not know that Rachel had had an accident, it is quite easy on some of those roads and I am pleased that she walked away from it.
Karen just had a one-term placement in Sutherland then. It would have been a wonderful opportunity for her and something to remember for the rest of her career - you never know, she might just apply for a permanent job in one of the small village schools.

4 Dec, 2013

 

No BA, she resigned from her placement after many very unhappy weeks and tearful phone calls home. She had just been on the phone to me saying she couldn't cope, and the next day she skidded on gravel and ended up half submerged in a stream. She tried to get her head around staying, even after that, but was getting very depressed, and I was worried about her. She wasn't herself at all. I'm glad she's had the experience, but if think she has learned that she needs to be near to home to be happy. Even so, she's had a brilliant experience, and one that most people will never have.

4 Dec, 2013

 

Glad you are all home safe Karen.
Shame Rachel never got to finish her placement but pleased she got to the chance .

I am sure in time the right placement will turn up.

Wishing Rachel all she can wish for.

4 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks Kath. Btw, I've told Marion I'll go to the drinks party at the castle on 13th as long as they are both going to be there. Are you going?

4 Dec, 2013

 

Yes Karen I mailed Marion to I have not replied to the office yet .
Hubby out of country so I will be on my own. Unless we get a lot of snow.

4 Dec, 2013

 

What a lovely cottage , Karen and what views ! If I wasn't so happy here, I think I would be quite envious ! One day at a time Karen. Rome wasn't built in a day ! Hahaa! I should talk ! Its a good time of year to be sorting it all out and can't wait to see the first pictures in the Spring . And fruit trees as well ! That must be the icing on the cake ! You deserve it Karen,. Good luck. I didn't know about Rachel , Karen. It sounds like she had a lucky escape !

4 Dec, 2013

 

very lucky indeed WR! thank you for all your comments. Tonight we are all at home, as Callum came to look after Molly while we were away. It's like Christmas has come early! We are all very happy with our new home...it really is lovely and so peaceful and private. We've met some of our neighbours...one couple who have lived in the same cottage for over 40 years, and another that have lived there for over 50 years! Isn't that amazing!? I suppose it shows how nice a place it is to live! I've been exploring the farms across the road from us, and they are so pretty. beautiful views and lovely scenery with deer etc. I shall have to get up there with the camera for you soon....especially if it snows..it will look so pretty up there on the hill. :)

4 Dec, 2013

 

That's good Kath. I'll see you there then. X

4 Dec, 2013

 

Sorry about all that, Karen, I didn't know the background. Hope all improves in the future.

4 Dec, 2013

 

Good to know you had a safe journey. Let's hope the car breakdown marks the end of a series of unfortunate events! Now you can look forward to a happy Christmas in your new home.

4 Dec, 2013

 

Will your cottage have a real Christmas tree Karen?

4 Dec, 2013

 

How is wind with you Karen it's wild here,bet you glad not driving down today.

5 Dec, 2013

 

We have a hole in our roof! Just one or two tiles but left a hole...you can see the rafters! It's awful, but easing off now. Broken pots everywhere and several trees down on the roads. Farmers are busy clearing the mess.

5 Dec, 2013

 

Take care Karen I cancelled hospital appointment for today due to weather as I live so near to so many trees.

5 Dec, 2013

 

Karen you will be open to the elements in winter and not sheltered.

5 Dec, 2013

 

Hope you get that hole mended soon Karen. Elements of Winter sounds good to me lol :O) snowed in and not able to get out to shops and work well that cannot be bad. lol. Saves money. Hopefully the electrics don't go off or you will be lighting that real fire and snuggling down in front of it. lol. That is all I have done all day, that and knitting, oh and getting dinner ready for tonight. lol. Think it is calming down a little here now. Phew the Christmas tree was nearly bent in half this lunch time. I was crossing fingers it would stay upright and it is still stood, not sure that the rest will be - there is a lot of light now as all the leaves are off the trees and in the garden. Hope you guys stay safe and snug. xxx

5 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks Mum. Yeah, I'll take the elements. Thankfully we don't have big trees. My friend, just a couple of miles away has two down on her drive. Stay safe everyone!

5 Dec, 2013

 

I'm relieved to hear you are all home safely.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks For thinking of us SG! :)

6 Dec, 2013

 

Your cottage and garden look amazing Karen.
I'm sorry it hasn't worked out for Rachel but she has her whole life ahead of her and is obviously not yet ready to move far away, she'll find her niche, it must have been horrible for you and her dad to know she was far away and so unhappy, the weather has been a beggar this last few days, it breaks your heart to see the peoples homes damaged, some of them lost completely and know that nature is something we will never beat really, my son and family live in Boston, just behind the Stump, luckily the floods didn't reach their house but was only one street away, coming from our part of the country you do know that there is not a lot to save them when the water breaches the banks in that area so they are feeling very thankful.... stay safe all of you..

7 Dec, 2013

 

Thank goodness your son and his family are ok. What we had to put up with here was nothing compared to what hit the east coast of England. I agree, these events make us realise just how small and powerless we are, but on the positive side, the flood barriers and the forecasting has improved so much in the past 50 years, and that's a good thing. I don't mind the cold too much, but stormy winds are awful, and we seem to get more and more of them.

7 Dec, 2013

 

Karen, firstly let me say how pleased I am that Rachel is safe and well after her accident ... what a shock for the poor girl! I hope she finds a teaching job in the near future one closer to your new home obviously.

Your cottage looks fabulous in the countryside, well worth the 30 year wait!

To have Apples and Plums from your own garden will be such a treat next year ... I have a good Plum Cake recipe on GoY if you hadn't already heard ... lol!

I hope the weather is calmer for you tonight ... I can hear rain lashing down and the wind blowing around down here on the coast ... :o(

14 Dec, 2013

 

yes Shirley, I think we are in for more gusts tomorrow. Thank you for your kindness. Rachel is recovering well, and getting her confidence back a bit every day. :)

14 Dec, 2013

 

I am just getting around to some of my favorite people.

I can imagine how worried you must have been over your daughter. Aren't children the best, but when something goes wrong, your heart just breaks for them. It is always an experience that she can look back on, and say, Gee, I did that for a while, so I can probably do the next thing and have it turn the other way. The learning process for all of us can be very bitter sometimes. I am so glad she is recovering, it takes a long while.

Now, for your new cottage. It looks like quite a large house to me. I cannot believe how much you have done. It all looks so orderly and as though you really do know what you are doing. I have to get into the most awful mess first, and then wade out slowly. Never completed. But that is the fun of it. As I will be 80 this year, I have many younger friends who like my gardens. I tell them, let them know you iike them, and they will reward you a hundred times over. This year I planted way too many tulips, but I couldn't get rid of them. Too busy to plant. Can you imagine, I always plant the smallest little thing anyone gives me.
You are going to have so much fun fixing up. I just love doing that, and since I don't think we will move anymore, I change my garden. It needs an overhaul in Farmington. Vermont is better as I have a helper. Keep us posted and be sure and send more details. Let's see inside as well. Do not tire yourself out fixing up. xxxxPosy

15 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks posy! It is quite big...just the right size. not poky, but we'll not have to downsize, and when we get too old and doddery to do the stairs we can just move in to the downstairs bedroom! :)) I know what you mean about planting everything. I am still sad about leaving behind so many beautiful spring plants and bulbs, but I guess I shall be able to replace them. My garden arch has arrived today, so keep a look out for that blog coming ASAP! The weather here has turned mild this month, so we are still able to work outside. Scott spent a whole week clearing mud from the drive and power washing it....what a difference he's made. This morning I've been painting in the study, and that will soon be finished off and ready for studying/painting to happen (canvasses that is).

16 Dec, 2013

 

I love your house and where it is situated. I lived in London and always wanted to escape to the country. Mine was a 6.000 mile one, leaving mother and sister behind. I would have been happy with your spot.
I look forward to seeing more of your garden and home.
Clementine

16 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you clementine.....I am very happy with my spot too! In fact, I wish we hadn't booked a holiday before we decided to move here! but I'll be glad of some warm sunshine....

16 Dec, 2013

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