Roof With a View

IMG_1254After reading about Christina’s ‘long view’ a few days ago, it occurred to me that if I could just about make out the Golfer from the bottom of the garden when he was up the scaffolding mending the roof, then I might be able to see the garden from that higher vantage point. It is a long time since I last sat on the roof, way back in 1998 when we were tiling the roof of the extension, and it was fascinating then to have a view one wouldn’t normally have – however, it wasn’t such an interesting view from this part of the roof, partly because our extension is in the way, but also because the neighbouring garden ownership is so uniquely odd. You can just make out the roofs of our 1½ greenhouses about a third of the way in from the right of the picture, just behind the ladders which are in a neighbour’s garden. The trees above the roofline on the left are in our garden but these and the glimpse of the greenhouses are all that is visible – if you want to look at the map of the garden it might be clearer why this is.

IMG_1255Taking advantage of the blue skies you can see on the photo and the accompanying hint of warmth I have spent more time in the garden today than in a long time. A bit of patching and mortaring on dodgy parts of the stream were achieved whilst the weather was dry and before I turned my attention to the new urns. The more manoeuvrable bases had been moved in the wheelbarrow yesterday, and rather than request assistance I managed to ‘walk’ the bases most of the way down the garden, leaving a trail of evidence in my wake. The Golfer was only required to help lift them up and down a step or two and then into their final position. Positioning and levelling them was bit of a game though, as the two areas are different widths and depths (and heights too for that matter, as the garden has a slight gradient) but the final result looks reasonably balanced and the urns now just await their contents.


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17 Responses to Roof With a View

  1. Christina says:

    Your urns are very grand! They’ll look wonderful with roses in as you described before. thanks for the mention, the long view doesn’t have to be from a window and is supposed to be just an overall view rather than the usual images of individual flowers. I love the longish views you show with the trellis work and walls!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Christina! And your post just triggered the thought about a possible view from the roof – so you will still get the longish views of our garden!

  2. Pauline says:

    Your urns look very much at home where you have them, they will look fantastic when planted up. Yesterday you mentioned the rose Snow Goose, we have it over the archway into the woodland, it is a lovely rose and flowers on and off all summer, I think you’ll be very happy with it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – and I had more or less decided on Snow Goose when I googled to find some reviews, and your blog came up with a reference (from before my blogging time so I had not read it before!)! I am pleased to know someone who grows it and is happy with it.

  3. rusty duck says:

    That is dedication beyond the call of duty Cathy!
    In our last house we had to have a chimney repaired and scaffolding erected. With some difficulty, and mostly with my eyes closed, I climbed the ladder to see the view from the platform they’d built around the chimney. It was worth it, and a great way to see what the neighbours were up to as well..

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Jessica – I was up and down the scaffolding like a good’un when we were building the extension (and carrying breeze blocks, not a camera), just par for the course I am afraid!

  4. Chloris says:

    Your urns look very good. I’ m looking forward to seeing them full of roses.
    We had scaffolding last Autumn to get our chimney fixed. It is amazing too view the garden from a different perspective. I expect you danced a little jig when you were up on the roof doing your extension, and juggled your breeze blocks.
    I’m like Jessica, I climbed very gingerly and with some trepidation. Not quite with eyes closed but I know what she means.

    • Cathy says:

      Danced a jig? Juggled the breeze blocks? Now you ARE being silly! 🙂

    • Chloris says:

      I like to think of you dancing a little jig up there as you survey your garden and contemplate the next project. It fits in with my mental picture of you. And clearly there will always be a new project just waiting to be hatched. And we are all just waiting to see what on earth you will come up with next.

  5. The urns look wonderful there Cathy, can’t wait to see them with roses spilling out of them.

  6. Julie says:

    Your urns look great Cathy – I can imagine you resolutely moving them on your own! I have just had a good look at your map – your plot is unusual – did you buy the house because of the extra large layout or was that just a bonus? I can remember a house we once looked at in London (we are escapees to the country now) with a long thin garden that opened out at the end into a huge T shape along the backs of all the neighbours gardens – I was so upset when we didn’t manage to buy it!

    • Cathy says:

      We knew as soon as we walked through the door that it was meant for us – it had been on the market for two years and it’s hard to believe it hadn’t been snapped up. It is the fifth of 5 cottages, but was there before the others – pre 1806 in various guises but parts much older. 1-3 were built in the 1820s then no 4 in 1870s but at what point the land was divided into gardens I don’t know but our garden goes behind all the others. It gave us the space to build an extension and still have a decent garden – wouldn’t say no to more of it though! Our relationship grew with the work on the house and the garden and our roots are very deep – we will not be going anywhere else…

  7. Annette says:

    The others are right: the urns look just splendid and were obviously waiting for you, Cathy. I often climbed the roof of our chalet in the mountains to be able to get all terraces of the garden into one image. It’s amazing what a difference a change of perspective makes. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – we feel there is a lot of serendipity in our lives. The roof with a view got me thinking – from the shed roof there is a better vantage point….

  8. croftgarden says:

    I think we should enter you for next years Turner Prize, as you have a talent for creating garden installations. The clock face on the bench is inspired!
    “There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.” – Gertrude Jekyll

    • Cathy says:

      Ahah! Now that is a good quotation to add to the others in the garden….. In fact there is a quotation on the clock but I can’t remember offhand (something about time, of course!), but it was misquoted and I had to try and disguise the mistake by scratching off one of the letters and painting in the correct one! And I enjoy creating ‘garden installations’ so I am quietly chuffed with your tongue-in-cheek suggestion 😉

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