We should finish the major work in the garden this year Inshallah,, and we are already enjoying the part we did last year, so we are driven now by the fact that we believe it will be lovely when we have finished. We are really cracking on and are well into the second half of our planned courtyard garden as well as having finished off the part we began last year. We now have the framework over our outdoor sofa for plant support and shade, and this week we have put a fence between the veggie garden and the courtyard which will stop the dogs trampling the vegetables and again provide support for plants. It will of course take time for the plants to develop and do their job, but we reckon that in a couple of years it should be starting to look as we imagined.
Lady muck enjoying the outdoor sofa - great spot for that power nap in the afternoon!
The first of this year's crop of lovely fresh, sweet homegrown peas.
Fabulous meal at The Grape Garden to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Thomas our cat that suffered quite a serious road accident has been given the all clear from the vet and is now back outside chasing butterflies again, albeit with a limp! The vet X-rayed his hip and the broken bone has mended well. However, he suffered severe muscle damage and it will take time for that to fully recover. But he is a happy boy to be back to normal living. We just hope and pray he has learned to stay well away from the road.
Thomas happy to be back outside also enjoys a siesta on the outdoor sofa between chasing butterflies
But my major find has been two beautiful old carved wood chairs being sold cheaply by a hotel in Hisaronu. These are resplendent in the bedrooms as we know beyond all doubt that Red would confuse them for dog food if they were in the sitting room. Bless! She has eaten virtually all our furniture downstairs now and has made a good start on the plants in the front garden. One day she appeared round the corner with an entire honeysuckle bush trailing behind her. I could have cried as it had just got to an impressive size on our wall. I did think that she must be the most expensive puppy in the world through the cost of the damages and I may be able to get her into the Guinness Book of Records as such. But when I googled to see the most expensive puppy it was a Tibetan Mastiff sold in March of this year for $2 million (almost £1.2 million) so I can't even recoup some of the losses that way!
"I don't know what you mean - I've been picking roses again - ridiculous idea, I found it on the sofa!"