Monday, 14 May 2012

An Extra Pair of Hands!

It's such a relief to feel the warmth of the sun once more, talk about April showers, it rained practically all last month!
Remembering to say "white rabbits" out loud in bed on the first of May as I opened my eyes, with the hope of drawing any odd bit of good luck that might be going, on the other hand, our poor 'wet rabbit', was busy drying off her ears in the garden!

So delighted to have a new camera recording events once again!

My nieces, Alice and Eleanor, Em and Cameron

My sister, nephew and nieces arrived for a few days, to celebrate Jule's are catching up Sis!!!

Cameron loved it so much Jim arranged for him to return 5 days later, after fulfilling commitments he had at home.
Em took the train down to Pisa greeting him at the airport, helping Cameron with his journey to us.

Happy to help us with work in the garden Cameron and Em were keen to get started on the first project  which was to dig a small trench under the kitchen window, where I had planned to plant a row of Box.
A tough job due to claggy, stoney ground which in parts still hid the odd bit of builders rubble!

The cousins set to, with great gusto!

Well that was until they hit upon a huge beast of a rock embedded in the clay like soil..........hoping to thread a rope underneath they dug further using their hands!
Worse was to was far bigger than they had was time to ask an expert local farmer, our good friend Mauro!
He arrived with a suitable long metal tool and managed to lever the 'beast'.............together Em and Cameron pulled the rope, and in between shots I ran backwards and forwards with river stone adding height, placing one on top of the other so that the  rock could be gently manoeuvred up and out of the trench!!!

Team effort..........the local Italians always seem to have the perfect, hand made tool for the job!

A huge sigh of relief all round as the rock was dragged away on a sheet of metal!

The following day!

The following day, much to Em and Cameron's dismay, they stumbled across another rock, not as large as the first... they were determined to fight this one alone!

A layer of stones, manure and compost before the pleasure of planting!
Not sure what Alan Titchmarsh would think....but firmly pressing each plant into the soil, I certainly sent thoughts of love and hope down to the roots!
We were all so thrilled once we could stand back and look at how much we had achieved!!!

Upwards and onwards, Em and Cameron began the huge task of strimming the land, creating small heaps of grass so that it could dry in the sun and be used by Wabbit for lining her home!

And..........sticks were bundled into kindling for winter.

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