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02/11/2021

Anyone seen the weather report?

Well.

That was wet. 

AND windy.

AND WILD!

Let me set the scene. I'd managed to avoid the showers in the morning while I gardened my first session. I foolishly took Moss (first and last time) who thought being in a new-to-her garden was brilliant! Thank goodness the owner is away and I was able to hurl curses and obscenities at the increasingly giddy dog, who was so happy her tongue was hanging out sideways, flapping against her cheek as she played (argh!)
We came home and I flumphffed down into the settee to recover with a mug of tea and my lunch while I checked the weather report. There seemed to be a large line of cloud bearing down towards the village. I hoped the rain would pass before I had to start in the afternoon garden. No sooner wished for, when it started to rain - heavily.
However, it was a short sharp shower and by the time I started my afternoon garden the sky was blue and despite it feeling chilly and damp - all was good. 
This afternoon's plan of attack was to continue removing metres and metres of clematis vines out of a hawthorn tree. We'd started last week and removed all the lower entanglement - this time we would need ladders and long billhooks and loppers to reach the upper most level.
I say 'we' as it was myself and the lady who's garden I was working in. We each shinned up a ladder - she then climbed into the tree and I stood on top of a dry stone wall. For those who are not too sure what a 'dry stone' wall is - it is the traditional way of making farm boundaries using local stone. Carefully piled up on to each other, the stones 'lock' together by their shape and weight - there is no mortar or anything holding them together apart from time and gravity. 
The wall I was on today was about six foot tall - so I carefully positioned myself as squarely as possible on the top stones then we began to yank and pull what felt like a never ending rope of vines and leaves.
Then the wind picked up followed shortly by a sudden icy heavy shower - we bowed our heads and held our ground - the weather was too wild for us to move so we stayed put and held on to the tree. As suddenly as it arrived - it rushed off down the valley. We were dripping wet and laughing at the suddenness of the rain.
We continued tugging and clearing - still carefully balancing on the wall or in the tree when a couple of dog walkers stopped for a chat as the bumbled by, then on their return journey about 20 minutes later stopped to continue the conversation.

Then the rain returned.

With vengeance! It sent the dog walkers scurrying off home as quickly as they could and even we could see that waiting it out was not going to be an option. So as carefully (and quickly) as we could, we climbed down off the wall and out of the tree and sprinted across the garden and into the kitchen.

The garden owner quickly shed her waterproofs and stuck on the kettle and produced biscuits while I towelled off Moss and got out of my waterproofs. I was very grateful her floor was tiles as both the dog and I left pools of leaf and twig filled rain water where we were standing!

Two mugs of tea, biscuits and a natter about varieties of ornamental crab apples later, we tentatively returned outside - saw the sky and the time and decided to call it a day.  After quick tidy up, Moss and I jumped in the car and came home.

Now, out of my damp workwear, dog fed and I have a fresh hot brew - I am glad I am home and despite the weather -  rather enjoyed working today.

I suppose that is the 'joy' of gardening - living the weather whether it is in a lovely ornamental garden in a village or a wild moorland garden high up on the side of a hill!

And #blogtober2021 seems to have morphed in to 'Moreblogvember' - long may it last! ๐Ÿ˜„

15 comments:

  1. I love the pictures. No rain here today but the first frost of the winter.

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    1. Thank you Jean ๐Ÿ˜Š we've been too overcast for frost - but there is time yet!

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  2. We have had a surprisingly bright sunny day here today. I know how hard it is to clear clematis from a tree… our Montana took over our rowan … luckily we could pull it from ground level, but it don’t half cling on. Leaf clearing for us tomorrow if the weather stays fine ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Lucky you with the sunny day! Send some our way please๐Ÿ˜ It was a Montana we were hauling out and it was not for letting go haha

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  3. I love the pictures but sorry you and Moss got so wet. One of the hazards of being a gardener in winter I suppose - my partner was a gardener and would work in all weathers, it would have to be really really bad for him not to.

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    1. As you say - as a gardener the rain is all par for the course and that dilly dog of mine seems impervious to the weather!! (idiot [she says in an affectionate voice])!

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  4. I loved reading about your adventure. I did some gardening in the rain today too, but my rains was gentle and short lived! Hope the rest of your week goes well!

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    1. Aw Debi your rain sounds much friendlier that ours was!

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  5. Reminds me of the tongue twister. Whether the weather be hot, or whether the weather be cold, we'll whether the weather, whatever the weather , whether we like it or not.

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    1. OOH I'd forgotten about that one - I will have to commit it to memory and the next time I am up that dratted tree (probably next Tuesday) I shall through gritted teeth chant that!

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  6. Well done for sheer grit and determination. I would have given up as soon as the rain came. But it certainly sounds like you had fun! x

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    1. It was one of those situations that you just get on, grin and bare it coz the alternative was probably just as wet!

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  7. Moreblogvember would be lovely. I so enjoy posts from my favorite gardener instructor. You helped us so much this summer and I'll never be able to thank you enough. Oh, and we've progressed to some winter lettuce! It was nice to have home grown lettuce on my sandwich last night. But do promise you will be careful on that wall. Hugs, Sharon

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    1. Wow! Well done you ๐Ÿ˜ isn't it lovely eating something you have grown? and yes - I promise xx

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  8. Some challenge. Seems its Clematis 1 Kate 0. I'm certain you will win in the end!!❤️xx

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