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During the morning and part of the afternoon work continued in the garden, mostly in the Rose Garden, although I did also partly composite the Oval Bed.
In the front, the Prunus Amanogawa,
and the crab apples are blossoming.
and our crinkly little orange poppies are appearing everywhere.
This afternoon we drove to Redcliffe Garden Centre in Bashley to buy some metal stakes for holding the log in place in Jackie’s most recent attempt to keep out the big beast. We continued on into the forest, and on our return bought some stone from Otter Nurseries.
The bank leading up to the Church of St John the Baptist at Boldre now wears a blanket of bluebells and dandelions,
alongside those of primroses.
The thatching at East End, on an L-shaped building much more extensive than the front elevation shows,
continues apace; nevertheless I am informed that, weather permitting, this very large job is expected to take five weeks.
This evening we dined on Mr. Pink’s fish, chips, and pea fritters, with pickled onions and gherkins. I drank more of the Bordeaux.
P.S. In a comment below, Quercus Community has provided this informative link on thatching: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/longstraw/longstraw.htm