The weather today is uncertain to start with, so I begin by planting out a tray of white foxgloves and white aquilegia in the polytunnel. James, Aideen and Diane are on a quest to track down lost cables and connections. Patrick did a wonderful job originally on the house electrics, but there are a few things he did, but cannot remember where the cable is, or where it connects. For example, the two lamps on the small patio on the front terrace have cables but they were not connected and we couldn’t find where they originated from. We also have a cable that runs in a trench down to the front gate but where is the other end?
The connection for the patio lamps is triumphantly discovered at the end of the organ room. Aideen and I both crawl under the bushes in the far corner of the front field to grub about looking for a cable end. I must say, it was quite nice in that little bushy cave, if a bit prickly! We finally drag Patrick out and he finally remembers that he did connect the cable to a small junction box on the gate post. Originally when we didn’t live at Church Gardens and were only visiting to work there, we had a key switch on the main gate to switch on a light outside the house, to help us if we were called out by our phone burglar alarm at night.
I then went off to my forest garden bed to plant the new plants. Aideen went to her boat and James continued to work on the electrics.
I soon concluded that the far end of my plan was not drawn correctly, giving me a misleading impression of how much space I had for planting. I sat down and redrew it and reconfigured where the plants affected by my poor draughtsmanship should go…this took a while! I then planted the nine new things and marked out where the trees will go along the wall with canes. I was called over to the boat at one point by a very excited Aideen who was washing the frames of her portholes and had discovered that they were brass. It is wonderful to see how happy Aideen is, it is doing her so much good to be having a break from practising. Music conservatoires are very intense, unnatural environments and she needs to achieve a balance in her life between her music and other things she wants to do. I believe this is the best way for music to thrive in your life and this strange Covid time, ironically, is a good time to take a break as no concerts are happening anyway!
Today is a day of deliveries – three loads of type 1, (20 tonnes in total) because we are digging out the drive and will be filling it with hard core and type 1. The second delivery was the wooden boarding to edge the driveway.
I then go back to the polytunnel and plant one root trainer of broad beans and two root trainers of peas. When I come in, Aideen and I work on our statement to accompany the planning application.