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" Gardening and an Early Bath"
Date & start time: Monday 12th May 2014 (various times).
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Very local . . . in fact within the confines of the property.
Walk details : Round and round, in and out.
With : Myself, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Overcast and clearing after a damp night, brighter later.
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Time spent in the garden this week brings rewards of a vegetarian kind but with a puppy it brings complications too.
Still the season moves into full swing and with it, the pleasures of life with a puppy.
Here are a few pictures from within the confines of the garden for a change . . .
All peace and quiet in the garden . . . Harry makes a great role model to encourage Dylan to sit quietly.
Is something happening that I should know about ?
I'll take you on a quick tour of the 'estate' . . . first a bit of a herb garden with sage and the darker fennel behind.
The greenhouse is (slowly) swinging into action.
Tomato plants purchased this month have been potted on and are growing well.
Spare lettuces were kept inside so as to encourage early growth . . . a fourth one is on the kitchen window sill and getting smaller by the meal.
Spinach plants will be ready to plant out soon.
Behind them, beetroot and in the middle pots basil . . . all grown from seed.
Walking around the garden centre in Cockermouth I spotted a cold weather vine . . . well that suits the Loweswater climate !
Two dozen bricks gathered from around the garden and three bags of compost later, it is settled into the corner of the greenhouse
hopefully to grow under the protection of the glass and, who knows, perhaps produce some black grapes in years to come.
The beans have been planted out and will need support soon.
The new raised bed that our grandson Alexander and Alan K helped build last month has developed well.
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Rocket, spinach, garlic, mange tout, parsley, more spinach and finally onions.
Having been offered a fallen oak for firewood you can't say 'NO' . . . in fact you say 'YES PLEASE' very quickly.
Hence the desire to clear the space behind the greenhouse, drag out the old fence rails that I had saved, find four corner posts,
dive into the shed for old nails and a saw and hey presto . . . a new log store . . . cost not a lot . . . what a bonus !
All I have to do now is chop that lot up.
Time for a game . . . or is he saying that the pup is not here.
The sounds of a short kick around with Harry brought Dylan out from under the garden shed. He was all covered in mud.
In clearing that area of the garden I had opened up the previously blocked gaps giving access to the area under the floor of the shed.
Time for a bath . . . I gathered a soft plastic gardening basket, some warm water and nice dog shampoo . . . Ann gathered the camera.
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Dried with a towel, our little punk was left out in the sunshine to dry.
Smug look from Harry . . . " I'm a good boy and I didn't get dirty " so no bath for him.
I don't think we'd have one big enough anyway.
Time to chill out in the afternoon sunshine . . . or will he ?
Dylan is in two minds whether to settle down with Harry for a nap, or to jump the hurdle and play with the ball.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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