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Heavy-duty gardening in Keswick

Clearing out and shredding dead wood in my cloud forest garden in Keswick to replace with a Hazel bush that has outgrown my patio in London. The PPE and heavy boots are required so as not to get slashed to pieces by the vegetation and protect from the noise of the shredder but the effect is to be working happily in a world apart.

Read more: Heavy-duty gardening - Taming my Cumbrian cloud forest 3

Flowers in my garden in Keswick, Cumbria

Flowers in my garden in Keswick, Cumbria

Intense colours in my cloud forest garden in Keswick, on the lower slopes of Latrigg and Skiddaw. There are far more blooms this year than when I took over this garden a year ago, which I am taking as the fruits of my labours pruning and shaping the plantings I inherited. The fruit trees are my introduction and seem to be doing fine.

More photos: So much colour it hurts

Roast goose

Christmas Cake

Goose roasted with fresh fruit stuffing and forcemeat, Austrian stollen, mince pies and Christmas cake with home-made marzipan; all cooked from fresh, basic ingredients in Preston Park, Brighton by Terry for our little Christmas Day gathering.
The Château Pontet-Canet 2001 claret is one of the last from my Father’s cellar and was a great accompaniment to the roast goose.

We’ve had a wonderful time! Thank you Terry.

More photos: Christmas Treats

Christmas greetings 2021

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Active 2022 to all my Friends and Followers

Christmas 2021 is here at last. Time for festive cheer, entertainment, maybe some cautious looking forward, and (again) hoping for a better year ahead.
2021 hasn’t only been about vaccinations, sore noses and reclaiming territory lost to Covid; I’ve very much enjoyed my few short trips to Marseille this year, each snatched in full view of the watchful eyes of the ogre of Travel Restrictions.
But - and this is new for 2021 - I’ve been kept busy setting up the little bungalow I’ve inherited at the foot of the fells that surround the lovely Lake District town of Keswick; its wonderful but ever-so-rapidly-growing garden has kept me particularly busy.
If you have been reading and liking my photography and this blog in 2021, thank you.

Taming my Cumbrian cloud forest in Keswick

The wet days are back with us in Keswick and the cloud forest growth season continues. Snipping is not enough. Previous efforts at untangling this garden resulted in a two car loads of fifteen bags of cuttings plus two fabric bins, all to be taken to the council tip; that’s as well as filling the green bin the Allerdale council lorry collects once a fortnight.
It seemed a good idea to hire a skip to make more progress. Friends suggested a garden shredder and indeed a big electric shredder plus the safety equipment (PPE) worked out as much the same cost as one skip hire. The ear defenders plus the visor put one in a happy place, very focussed.

Taming my Cumbrian cloud forest in Keswick

More photos: Revealing the Lost Garden - Taming my Cumbrian cloud forest 2

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