So many ideas of what to do. The space in the field is looking really lovely, especially since my sister-in-law cut the grass again. I didn’t know that to have a go on a ride on mower was on Cheryl’s Bucket List, but as soon as she mentioned it I booked her in to mow –now she can tick that one off and the field looks fab!
It’s beginning to take shape with the lawn appearing out of what was 20 years of grazing pasture – any gardener would be proud of it. So now I am trying to decide where to put some colourful planting and keep bringing cuttings from home. A lady in my village was giving away loads of bedding plants: ox-eye daisies, geraniums and aquilegia which will all help to fill the space, with some left over to brighten up the parking area too.
At the farm there is a load of willow ready for coppicing, so I did! I took total advantage of a friend who was visiting my brother for a few days and, with Silky in hand went for it. Blue supervised.We then carried the willow into the next field and started constructing a large canopy/arbour/shelter in the top corner where the view is stunning and is the best place to sit to catch the sun. We started with the main uprights to get the shape. 7 in all, tied with one bit of string and the rest we just weaved into it’s self as we went. Jo dug the holes for the uprights while I secured them and trimmed off the excess. Of course Blue made sure we were doing it right and Pete was on hand too – all in all it was a grand afternoon’s work – apart from the gas on my camping stove running out so we couldn’t have a cup of tea….doh!
Now we wait for the willow to grow and keep on weaving in the shoots. I have planted an Americana Honeysuckle to grow over the top which will look gorgeous and smell wonderful too. All it needs now is a large bench. The ‘port-a-burrow I made a few weeks ago is now finished and Peanut was introduced to it just the other day. He really wasn’t sure at first, I mean, why should there be a burrow on top of a table inside a house? With a bit of food to tempt him in he soon got used to the idea and it will come into full use now that winter is finally on it’s way.
The burrow was really handy to take along to Fowey Hall Hotel for two Meet Peanut afternoon family tea parties over half term. Peanut did really well too on his first public engagements, and of course everyone loved him. It was wonderful to give the families a close up and personal experience with an owl; seeing him fly for food and being able to touch him and feel how soft his feathers are. I also put together a craft activity: pine cone owls on the first day and owl masks on the next. The pine cone owls turned out well…and I even did one in Halloween colours to be seasonal!