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Published: October 22nd 2010
jun 10 New patio
some 90 sq metres
Well midsummer has come and gone - for once the weather held up and so lots of people came. There was music, fires, food and drink etc and I think a good night was had by all, including the bunch of young German lads who'd heard about it in Killin and came along to investigate. They seemed to get into the swi(n)g of things and had a night to remember.
Meantime work progresses outside. The main patio is finished, we've had lettuce, huge cabbages and lots of potatoes from the garden and have planted flowers round the patio/terrace and some hedging, which the horses have tried to eat. Very few words to cover hours of labour digging over the garden and removing literally tons of stone/rock and countless dockens, nettles, thistles buttercups, couch grass etc.
We did manage a break in September and bought euro rail passes for a 3 week jaunt down the Rhine then into France to help Marie (one of our ex-woofers) and her family get in the last of their grape harvest. A thoroughly enjoyable trip and fantastic hospitality from Marie's family.
Work also progresses on the other building sites. It can get
jun 16 -my birthday
inauguration of our fire pit
quite busy outside in the courtyard we even have the occasional traffic jam with delivery vans, workmen and library bus trying to work round each other. Next door now has its final coat of lime and work continues apace on the inside. Across the courtyard Tober is making good progress on the conversions on south byre and all three properties should be complete by mid November. This will take the number of residents at Tombreck from 13 to 22.
The "Big Shed" is also progressing and a string of volunteers have been working on reed beds and wool stuffing, which has meant more excuses for parties. The exterior is almost done and the project is expected to complete early in 2011.
The garden continues to take up most of our time and we've had great results with the stuff we managed to plant in the first bit we dug over with great crops of tatties, cabbage (the size of footballs), brussel sprouts and purple kale. Willy and Rob, (aka Big Shed volunteer co ordinator) built a potting shed, a fence and a gate using scrap from the various builds going on around here. (I particularly liked the description
on the delivery note of the posts they used for the corners of the potting shed, "pointless posts").
As you can see from above lots have happened since we last updated blog. Winter is now upon us with the first snow on top of "the ben" (Ben Lawers) on Sept 25th and again more recently. The trees are truly autumnal or even wintry in the case of the ash trees which have now all but lost their yellow autumnal foliage. So its a matter of battening down the hatches retrieving thermals from the bottom of drawers and waiting to see what winter brings.
So as this is possibly the last blog entry, at least for this year, may we wish you a Merry Christmas and a "Guid New Year" for 2011.
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