Sunday, August 30, 2009

Builders, The Deenery, Flora and Fauna

The Deenery. A joiner from 29th August 2009

Kay's Birthday

It is my daughter K's 42nd birthday today. I was just 19 when I had her and 20 a week later. I was very young! 27 hours in labour. Phew! It was the first delivery that a tiny Chinese nurse had witnessed and she cried. Bless. I didn't make any noise like they do on tv!

Kay is now known in her circle of friends as DK. I hope they spoil you rotten K. xxx

This is a very recent photo of K, with Luisa asleep in her arms. The rug behind her is one of mine!

Digging The Soak away - Buster Supervises

Friday was dig the soak away day. We had a site meeting to decide where it should go and where we should break through the back garden wall to get the water through to the 'pond' and off down the boreen (old path in Ireland). We decided to cut down the huge laurel that was overhanging the back, what was the lawn, and this gave Joe more room to manoeuvre with the digger. We moved all the wood and other assorted bits of building rubble that had gathered and Joe set to work. Martin turned up some time later. I was busy re-planting the rest of the plants from the ex-rockery!

I took some photos to record the occasion:

Can you see Buster sitting on a high point supervising the whole procedure? Jim and Martin.

Here's a close up of him. He looks as though he's sitting on a nest!

Buster still in position. I think at times the digger bucket looks alive! Like some sort of monster.

Jim and Martin have 'Manly' discussions! It looks as though they are 'Face Fighting' in the top one, but they weren't really!
Joe's an expert at digger driving!

The hole gets bigger........

Thanks to Joe and his digger!

In the meantime, Martin was shovelling gravel (note, I caught this shovel full in mid air).

He was burying the artistic pipework. A wall has also been built.
Martin is like my Grandson Jack in that he pokes his tongue out when he's concentrating!

Martin and Jim study the hole. You can see the water that's accumulated while we haven't had a proper soak away.

The last bit of digging by the JCB - nearly there.

Martin finishes it by hand. He is 6'7" so you can see how far it went down.

Joe discovered and old land drain going in the right direction, so our soak away is being diverted into that old drain, now repaired. It was a good find.

We then filled the hole in with large rocks from my ex rockery, then smaller ones on top. It's still to e finished off.

Out and About Around The Deenery

Down the road, one of the local farmers, Francis, was baling his cut hay. You can just see the top of his tractor.

I managed to get all the tractor in this time! I love this sort of scene.

This flower had fallen off the pink and white fuchsia so I photographed it. Note I spelled fuchsia right Jim.

I spotted a spider on the alchemilla mollis

And a little fat bee on the dying white cornflower. It must have still had some nectar inside for him.

This gorgeous pink carnation has just come into flower. It is one of the perennial plants Jim grew from seed this year. I love it.

Not the best of photos but you can see the number of flowers yet to come. I will leave it to seed too.

Other Stuff

Computers! Wonderful when they work. My lovely computer, now almost a year old (I got it for my 60th birthday last year), has stopped working so I'm back on my old, slow one. At least we had a spare. I don't have all the bookmarks or links on this one though.

Then yesterday evening, Jim said he thought he would have to re-load windows on his computer as it wasn't working properly. It took him ages. Then it wasn't right, so he had to do it all again. He came to bed at 5.30am! I think it's ok now though.

It's raining today for a change. My washing is out, dripping sadly on the line.

There are new ATCs on my new ATC blog!! Do go and see if you're interested at all. The link is on my profile page.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Do click on any of the photos to enlarge them and see the details.


Heather said...

Happy Birthday Kay! I love the way Buster is overseeing the building work. He is obviously going to make sure that things are done properly. More lovely flower shots, we must make the most of our late summer flowers - they wont be with us for long especially if it stays so cool.

Leatherdykeuk said...

I love the Deenery joiner.

If you use firefox, download the 'X-marks' add-on - it saves all your bookmarks and you can download them from another computer.

DK Leather said...

whoo hoo! they are indeed spoiling me rotten :-) thank you :-)

Love and miss you momma xxx

Ces said...

Happy birthday to K! I did not know she was your daughter. I lurk on her blog sometimes but have no courage to introduce myself. I think I will now. I liked her motorcycle.

BT, down here when I did I used a hand shovel or use a stick, you use a digger!~ You and your garden, you use POWER TOOLS! Whoa!

I love the photo of Jim and Marin having an serious discussion, that is a great picture. Hooray for Jim for fixing the 'puter!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A lot going on around your place. With the pipes being covered it will look like there is major progress being made.

I am glad your computer is working again.

Happy Birthday to your daughter.!!

Bea said...

Happy Birthday K. I don't know I think Buster was worried that he might have buried a bone where all that digging was going on. :)
Lovely, lovely flower and insect photos as usual. I meant to mention that I really liked seeing you playing around with Black and White in the last post.
You have done so much to your place this year. It's going to be so worth while once it's all properly sorted out and finished.

BT said...

Thanks for your comments. I have emailed everyone individually with responses.

DK Leather said...

aw, thank you Heather, Ces, Lisa! :-) x

Stampmaiden said...

Happy Birthday to K! I'll have to hop across blogland to visit her. Love the pic of Jim looking as if he's about to do some damage. LOL!
Your photos are always a hit with me. Especially those of your flowers and critters, be they four legged or ones with wings!

Mim said...

Happy Birthday! I love the way Buster is supervising the work, what a good doggie! what is the overall work that you are doing?

Valerie said...

Hope Kay had a brilliant birthday. Great collection of pictures, I particularly liked seeing Buster (of course) in his supervisory role.

BT said...

Thanks you Linda, Mim and Valerie. I have emailed you all. xxx

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh dear Gina, all those building photographs are very familiar here too. Loved all your news and photos though. Hope you have enjoyed your weekend. Love

The Weaver of Grass said...

Forgot to say - very up to date photo on my blog - taken on Saturday!