Clearing The Garden, New Patio Furniture & a Relaxing Weekend

Tori started his heavy equipment course on March 5th and I didn’t see him for 2 weeks. The first week was ok – I managed to get on with some home organization and cleaning – but the second week it started to wear a bit thin. So, he came over on the ferry on Friday evening to spend the weekend with me.

We decided to make a start on our patio furniture and bought two adirondack chairs to go at the far end. In a couple of weeks, we’ll buy another two.

We also bought some potatoes and onions and blood meal to add to our growing collection of vegetable and herb seeds.

We spent a lovely afternoon cleaning up the yard a little and making a start on the space for our vegetable garden. Our landlord is building a cottage above us and storing some of the building materials in one of the sheds on our property (the one on the right in the picture below, which will then be torn down to make space for the sewage system). A couple of weeks ago, they dug up some of our driveway to put in some piping, and cut down one of the trees, so where we plan to have our vegetable and herb garden, water feature and fire pit, looked like this. A bit of a mess, yes?

So Tori decided to have a bonfire to at least make a start on getting rid of some of the old wood and junk in that space.


The back yard was a bit of a mess where I had thrown some branches from pruning the shrubs

Back yard

So I put them all into the pile bound for the bonfire, and cut some dead-looking brambles


to neaten it up a bit and make it more pleasing to the eye

Even Tiki came out to help

After all that hard work, we sat ourselves down with a beer in our new chairs and watched the fire burn for a bit.

We made quite a dent in that old wood and only have a small pile left.

After spending a couple of relaxing hours by the fire, we cleaned ourselves up and went out for dinner.

Things are starting to bloom slowly. Little purple flowers are opening on the Creeping Charlie

Soon, this will be a mass of blue on the ground. Also, little crocuses coming up all over the place

and the previous resident planted hundreds of bulbs everywhere

When they flower, this will be a beautiful field of pretty flowers.

This morning, we put the new chairs in their place on the patio

and took our dogs for a walk down to Cooper’s Green.

The Canadian Geese are back and seem to have chosen a tiny island to nest on. They were all swimming around noisily and chasing each other

Also saw two little Sandpipers foraging for food on the beach. So cute with their little red beaks.

All too soon it was over. Tori went back to the lower mainland and I got on with prepping my lunches for next week and finishing off my laundry. Next weekend I’ll be the one taking the ferry over the to mainland to see Neil and spend some time with our friends – I can’t wait!


But First, Tequila