Our lovely Thatchers finished the roof one week early and so did Andy our builder with re-building the main chimney stack. This gave us plenty of time to clear up the yard, wash the walls of the house and clean the windows. The cottage is now ready for our first guests of the year.
Monday, March 13, 2017
It doesn't look much, but we have had a window made for the cottage by a bespoke carpenter from Wiveliscombe http://www.blakebespokefurniture.com/. It had to be made to plan as it is such a large window and needed to match the house as well as be in wood the same as the window it replaced. Some of the other house windows are metal. Painting is due to start shortly and then the scaffolding can come down and the cottage bedroom tidied ready for our spring guests.
This February and March we are having part of the house re-thatched. Terry Griffiths our thatcher and his team from Bishops Lydeard have been with us the last three weeks and with good weather forecast, hopefully they will be finished long before the end of March. Our local builder Andy Hearn is also working alongside the thatchers re-building the main chimney stack, as the old bricks were crumbling and letting in water.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Our area of Exmoor is having a mild winter, with only a very few days of frost and most days quite warm. This means that plants are growing, including the grass! I have noticed quite a few daffodils in the village growing in peoples gardens. The photograph shows a large patch of an early flowering species of Snowdrop growing in my garden called Galanthus Limetree. I bought one bulb about thirty years ago at the spring Royal Horticultural Show in London and now it has multiplied.
Snowdrop Valley Exmoor
Snowdrop Valley Exmoor
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
So far our winter has been mild, which is encouraging plants to flower and just in time for 2016 Christmas the Hellebore Niger, also know also the Lenten Rose or the Christmas Rose has come into flower and looks beautiful in the Garden. I read an American article recently on growing the Christmas Rose and they recommended spreading some Epsom Salts or magnesium around the plant when you first plant it. I might do the same thing in spring when it has finished flowering to see if it helps it grow bigger next year. Hellebores do like a rich mulch.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
To help you find out more about Exmoor and to keep you up to date with what is happening, 'Visit Exmoor' has now created its own blog and it will be regularly updated with features of interest and activities. To find out more visit it at www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/blog.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
October this year was exceptionally mild which meant we had to clip the horses earlier than normal as they were getting so hot with their winter coats. The weather remained mild during the early part of November so we didn't put on rugs unless it rained, which meant we had to clip again as their coats had grown back! Now the weather has cooled down and the fields are becoming muddy in some areas so we are now putting on rugs. This photo is of Moo and her daughter Mim in the field by the road, looking very smart clipped and in their winter rugs.