It won’t be obvious to you, looking at this picture, that I repainted the sitooterie this afternoon – but to me it is, especially as the numerous patches of white where the pink pigment for some reason had been washed out are no more, and neither are the green algae patches on the back or right hand side where it gets more shade. It definitely has a more spick and span look about it and, having taken a mere hour or so of painting time, was infinitesimally more manageable than repainting the house itself, which also needs doing but involves long ladders and scaffolding – and a new supply of Dulux Weathershield Waterlily Blush 4. And there is exterior woodwork too…sigh… Why are new projects always easier to get on with and more fun than basic maintenance tasks…?
At least the Rock Wall project seems to be complete, apart from planting that is, with the laying of three rolls of turf yesterday afternoon, sweat pouring off me in the dry sweltering heat as I cut it to fit, adding more topsoil where needed to level out the joins. The turf was not in 100% fresh condition, not surprising given the recent weather, but with regular watering and a bit of rain it should perk up. The current forecast is for almost non-stop rain tomorrow and Saturday, which would be most welcome but I will believe when I see it. Our weather monitor tells us we had 38mm of rain in July and there has been none at all to speak of in August. All nine water butts are empty and I have turned the pumps for the stream and other water features as ther is no rainwater to top them up…
The obelisks too are complete and ‘placed’ in situ; from this angle you can’t tell they are not vertical as the ground is too hard to adjust where the legs are placed, but our neighbours might perhaps question how sober I was when I put them in the border! They will await the planting of roses and clematis in due course and in the meantime the Golfer will knock up a mini dovecot on a single post to mirror the style of the obelisks and balance the border on the left hand side where it is too narrow for an obelisk.
Oh, while I remember, does anyone want any apples…? 🙂