Careful Preparation

This morning I published which I finished reading yesterday.

The stiff breeze that sped through the plot on this sunny day was such that I was pleased that Nick Hayter, who, with his customary care, spent several hours preparing the crumbly pebbledash west wall for painting, was working on the lower levels of the scaffolding.

First he removed the old drainpipe that, at an angle, spanned the centre of the wall;

next he scraped off the crumbliest material

and coated the rest with a liquid fungicidal solution.

Jackie had spent the morning completing her clearance of a footpath through the Palm Bed. She had filled two compost bags with debris. After lunch I bagged up more and transported all to the collection on the Back Drive. I had taken my camera in order to photograph the footpath, and was diverted by

a variety of day lilies en route.

This evening we all dined on pork barbecue spare ribs; rice by Jackie and Becky; and Becky’s salad with her own dressing. Mrs Knight drank Hoegaarden; Ian and Dillon, Peroni; and I, All Out 21 Merlot.


  1. Our builder arrived, as promised on Monday morning. He told us he had an emergency repair to deal with, apologised and disappeared. I envy your reliable builders. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m sorry to learn that that aspect of city life has not changed. Thanks very much, Quercus.

  2. Jackie, Derrick, and Nick! You are all doing such great work! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) and ❀️to all!
    PS….”crumbliest” made me think of Crumbly Scottish Shortbread cookies! YUM!

  3. Here’s to always being diverted by day lilies! At our place, the association has planted a hundred (at least) day lilies around the circle by our place. All yellow. Talk about brightening up the day!! πŸ™‚
    I really like the way you capture the focus of Nick. He obviously does good work.

    1. Absolutely, Laurie. The amount of work needed on the house made it affordable for us. Thanks very much

    1. Thanks very much, Dolly. We are due rain all day today, so Nick won’t be back until Monday

  4. In the next blog, I am surprised a sprayer isn’t used instead of a paint roller to paint such a textured wall. Of course, a professional may have a specific preference for reasons a lay person can’t discern! Regardless, you definitely are getting a lot done on home and garden projects.

  5. The gardening chores never end and neither of your take a rest!
    I can’t wait to see the new finish on The Old Post House.
    Apologies for the delays this week. πŸ™‚

    1. No apology ever needed, Sue. We do take more rests than would seem apparent. I can’t do more than an hour of my comparatively light tasks now. Thanks very much.

  6. I enjoyed the variety of daylily blooms in your garden, Derrick and Jackie.

    That is a major undertaking refinishing and repainting that exterior wall. I know it will look beautiful when it is all done.

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