House sitting is becoming a bit of a habit. I’ve just completed the second sit, this time with a bit of a menagerie. Three dogs, two cats, chickens and a horse. Just down the road, so have continued to work on my ongoing projects. The dogs were mischevious but very loving, several things got chewed to pieces, including my camera which I stupidly left within reach for a few minutes. (thankfully it still takes photos, but the screen no longer functions and it’s all a bit worse for wear.) It was lovely to be in a house with all mod cons. Light a fire on the cold damp days and watch crappy english TV via satellite. Not something I would normally entertain, but on those odd occasions, just the ticket. I felt guilty if I left the animals alone, in their kennels, for too long, so tended to spend a fair amount of time at the house.
A deadline can work wonders for productivity. I’ve come away to visit friends and then on to England for a few weeks, so have been focussed on getting as much done as possible.
Installing the guttering and getting the water saving system to work.
|water butts in the vegetable garden|
|straw mulch as a weed suppressant and for water retaining|
Building a table out of reclaimed pallets so that I could have the neighbours for lunch.
|ten minute pallet table|
Strimming round the field and mulching all the new hedge plantings with straw.
|the hedge line looking great with it's new straw mulch|
Finishing the steps through the hedge.
|steps from field to garden|
Planting all my seedling vegetable plants.
Then tidying the whole site to minimise loosing items into the fast growing vegetation which will have grown enormously by my return.
I'm not going to be back till late July, so have my fingers crossed that the weather remains changeable with enough rain to keep the vegetables alive. I hope that with the efforts in mulching and early care, they should be off to a good enough start to survive most eventualities.