Yesterday took us on a small trip which, like most of our trips, served more than one purpose, thus ‘killing two birds with one stone’; thinking about the idiom and not wishing to sound unkind to our feathered friends, I looked up its origins. It seems that it may date back to Greek and Roman mythology and the story of Icarus and Daedalus, who constructed wings to escape from the Labyrinth in Crete. Daedalus is said to have obtained the feathers used to make the pair’s famous wings by killing two birds with a single stone. He may of course just have been bragging – but whether it is true or not I have abbreviated my title to the solitary stone.
The main purpose of the trip was to pick up the greenhouse which we had successfully bought from eBay for the pauperly sum of £17, requiring a 100 mile round trip to a Northamptonshire village to collect it. As is our habit, we ensured there was more than one purpose to the journey by including a trip to the gardens at Coton Manor which proved to be a most enjoyable diversion to this pretty property with its lovely borders and well-stocked nursery. Sadly I haven’t taken as many photos of the borders as I thought I had:
At the eBay vendor’s home, an hour and half saw the greenhouse dismantled and stacked in the car for the journey home; today the job of clearing and dismantling the existing small greenhouse (also an eBay purchase) and the process of modifying the newer bargain began. Having done the preliminary clearing and dismantling, I left the Golfer to it (cutting to fit, re-erecting, weatherproofing the join between the two greenhouses, etc) and got on with rehashing the borders. This is the sort of task that he excels at, easily recognising how to make things fit for purpose (with the occasional practical and design input from myself) and in a small space like a greenhouse too many cooks could easily spoil the broth…hmm, I wonder what the origins of that idiom are…?
Look out for the next instalment…