The Deenery. A joiner from 29th August 2009
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.
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.