I wondered if The Golfer had been furtively looking over my shoulder this morning when I was replying to a comment and talking about having to lop trees, as he suddenly announced this afternoon that he was going to lop the holly. After a discussion we compromised and he put on his Tree Surgeon hat (a figurative hat only) and lopped the magnolia, this being the less problematic option – and we now have daylight (and several bags of prunings – I love those trips to the skip)! I shall judiciously and aesthetically prune the lower branches, as The Golfer doesn’t do aesthetics.
After a cool and clear night with a beautiful moon it was a relatively chilly start to the day with some localised mist, but it promised to be fine and sunny later on and this proved to be the case. I took advantage of this and mortared gaps between the rocks in the stream which were staying put, to try and prevent soil being washed into the stream as well as to prevent seepage or capillary action. I’ll give it a few days to dry out before we start the pump up again – I think it’s meant to stay dry this week.