Friday, August 01, 2008
A day of chores in the garden we have been putting off for a while - blaming the rain and the heat and prevaricating round the bush, Today was ideal though- a partial eclipse to lure us into the garden with our buckets of water and bits of card with holes in. It brought us face to face with our long overdue tasks like fixing the gate so that it hooked onto a post and not just leant on a rotten peice of timber. Also a water butt was needed to collect the rain for Archie's sensitive venus fly-traps and bug eating stinkhorns ( or whatever they are called? ).
In the photo you can see a bathroom eye view of Hazel giving the newly fixed gate post a lick of paint. It look a bit better and pleasing on the eye when given an impressive wooden orb baluster and a small ceramic dragon to keep out unwanted cats and sellers of clothes pegs.
Hazel went to B&Q to get the plastic butt,the orb and some more varnish.
It didn't take us as long as we imagined. It helps to have the right tools handy and luckily Hazel had the foresight to charge up the electric screwdriver which made the job a little easier.
The down pipe from Hazel's workshop needed a trim to fit the new plastic butt and the hole was snipped with her tin snippers which didn't take long. The pipe juts out a bit but at least it will collect water now and Archie won't have to litter the back garden with buckets, saucepans and trays anymore.
It will be interesting to see how much water the butt will collect after a downpour like we had the other night.
The partial eclipse was very dull and cloudy weather made it impossible for any decent images on the card or in the buckets. Nevermind , we have a a new gate-post and a new water butt.
Sorry to all you americans reading this for the constant use of the word "butt" which we understand means something rather vulgar in your neck of the woods!