May 27: Five hours in the garden

Today was a busy, do-it kind of day, as opposed to yesterday’s nothing kind of day.

First off yahoo, the sun came out!!!! so it was time to scoop the leaves out of the pool to prepare for summer fun. In the next few weeks, it will be cleaned with a power hose, old water out, clean water and chlorine in and then final ingredient – just add people.

Rene kindly ‘made’ me a pair of gumboots from an old pair of fishing waterproofs, which came up to his thigh. They’re really old and he never uses them anymore, so he cut them off just below the knee. Because they were about five sizes too big, I wore a thick pair of socks and a pair of slipper kind of things as well. But I was dry and clean, and in this mess, that’s all that mattered …

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Gumboots at the ready …

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… let’s clean this thing!

The leaves and algae/gunk on the bottom were quite think and the smell was pretty foul too. Leo came home quickly on his way to a meeting, so he snapped some pictures to prove I stood in that cesspool.

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Had to block my nose!

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Dumping the leaves and getting a little sunburnt

I forgot to take an after photo, but all the leaves are gone and plenty of the gunk/gunge is still floating on the bottom but at least it will flush out easily with the jet hose.

Then Rene mowed the lawn and I whipper-snippered a large section behind the garage, where the forest is creeping closer and closer.

It’s amazing how fast the time goes when you’re working outdoors. I definitely gave my arms a good workout, scooping and snipping. And there’s a bit of colour on the back of my neck and arms. Oops!

Speaking of colour, here are my little garden photos at long last.

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Pinks and purples and one red one

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Lots of colour in the pots

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In the corner near the herb garden

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Geraniums and snapdragons on the kitchen window …

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… and geraniums on the unused, north-facing balcony

Wishing you a wonderful day.

7 thoughts on “May 27: Five hours in the garden

  1. Go Girl! You look like you enjoyed yourself and great to see sun. Jobs like once a year pool cleaning are very satisfying – you see results and it’s a whole year til you have to do it again(hope you are still ensconced there next year). I had a very frustrating day – won’t bore you – but wish I had been there

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    • I suppose the expense of buying a pool cover would take away from the satisfaction of a few hard days work! Yes, fingers crossed we’re still here next year, so I can see the wildflower garden I planted more than once too!

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  2. Good job Ange, you could get a job as a landscape gardener/rousabout especially now you have the gumboots. They’re not nearly as pretty as the pink ones though that you wore to the Woodford Festival in all that mud!! Love the gazaneas (?) and your kitchen window box – great display all up. Hopefully you will be enjoying the pool soon.

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