Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday Sun,"

Well Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far, with temps in the mid the high 20's. So I was curious as to how I would survive without central air. The house stayed nice and cool all day and I was really comfortable. We figured it must be okay, as there has never been central air in the house. Now there wasn't any humidity so that was a help. Lets see how I like living without central air in July and August!!

What's that expression, "Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun." So of course from 12:30pm until 2pm I was out in the garden. I made a start on digging my veggie patch, by hand!! I managed to get this little bit done.

Now one of the problems is that there are so many thistles and dandelions, that it has to be done by hand. Look at the photo below if you don't believe me!!!

I also spent 1 1/2 hours on Wednesday night weeding and clearing out this flower bed. I am maybe half way done, and I had a full wheelbarrow full of lily of the valley and weeds. The whole bed is overgrown with the lily of the valley that it is smothering all the rest of plants in the bed. If you look in the background you will see another two overgrown flower beds that I have to sort out.

Finally I thought I'd take a photo of the main area of raspberry plants, which are also overgrown. I just haven't had time yet to make a start on weeding those. I have a couple of friends coming over at the end of the month, I am hoping they may volunteer to help me start to weed them!!! I will feed them...... Also to the left of the photo you can see the firepit where I have piled all the sticks and the weeds, I'm hoping to have a fire on Friday, if its not windy.

Oh and the lawn tractor has a leaky valve, so the tire keeps going down so I can't use it.....drat!!


Decadent Housewife said...

LoL! Us too, out today putting in rock walk. Produced our own humidity doing that. Your outdoors look just beautiful, thistles and all.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Looks like you are getting stuck in and having fun with it Gill. A x

Inday said...

And long before you knew it, your garden will expand into a Park. Believe me, I'd been there. It's rewarding to create a garden even to the point of removing deadly thistles by hand, the prize is just Eternal Pleasure.

Your 20's is nothing compared to downunder's heatwave. So that's still perfect for me.

stitchersanon said...

Here is a nice cheat for you re; veg beds.
Mark out some rectangles eg 10 ft x 10 ft and buy some black garden iner. Put the liner over the areas you have marked off, secour it and leave it...let nature kill the weeds for you.
Another thing you can do is just hoe them up so the roots show and let the sun kill them off...Ii think nature does a pretty good job so am happy to let it get on with it lol

softinthehead said...

Gill what a gorgeous view - I can see why that bench was placed there - so stop working for a few minutes and enjoy :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

grerat advise Gaynor, and great comments from everyone else!!


mommanator said...

It is so hard to catch up on posts one missed in just a couple of days. Folk doing so many things

christine @ moneyfunk said...

Ah, life in Country. All its problems, hassles, and fun living. I miss having a fire pit to hang out with good friends under a starry night sky. That makes all my stresses melt away.

Thank you for sharing your great photos. And you can send me some raspberries if you'd like. :)

grendelskin said...

The gardens are coming along beautifully. Remember that your land is a Long Term project - think in terms of decades and hopefully you won't throw your back out clearing for your neew garden!

Jane Hards Photography said...

Very envious of your warmer weather. Still wet and windy most of UK

Scrappy quilter said...

More hot weather coming your way with winds. You usually get what we've had a day or two later.

Gill, you must remember it isn't going to get all done in a day. You need some time to relax too. It's going to look wonderful though once it's all done.

You have such a spectacular view...incredible.

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