Work On House And Garden

This morning Nick Hayter finished the final coat on the west gable end wall.

He cleared up his materials, washed his rollers and bagged up empty paint cans.

James the carpenter visited to discuss the next stages with him. This will include the fitting of a new drainpipe and the start on the east end gable.

Jackie, meanwhile, spent most of the day on removing the fallen arch, This involved cutting some plants free of the twisted metal structure before it could itself be moved to a temporary location at Fiveways.

The remaining section of the arch will be used to support the pale pink climber in the Rose Garden which currently blocks access to the bench in front of the shed.

While in that section she also photographed an apple and Autumn sculpture in front of a fuchsia of the Hawkshead variety;

then the view of the garden from the Cryptomeria Bed to the house.

This evening we all dined on further helpings of Jackie’s tasty pasta arrabbiata with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.


  1. You have a lot going on in the Derrick/Jackie household. I’m sure you’re relieved to have this part of the project completed. It’s good to know that you can use part of the broken arch to support another plant. It’s fun repurposing pieces of things when you can.

  2. Nice to hear one more project is completed for you. Glad to know you can readily accept the help of workers/carpenters there.

  3. This looks like a major construction project. Luckily, you have such professional and reliable workmen, something almost impossible to find in South Florida. I am happy for you and envy you at the same time.

  4. Beautiful photos, Jackie and Derrick!
    So good to have such good hardworking helpers! Jackie! Nick! James!
    Nick looks a bit Jackson-Pollack-ed after working! Ha!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. There’s always something happening at Derrick and Jackie’s house where flowers thrive and sculptures seem to come alive. I didn’t know you had apples, too!

  6. Well possibly I’m all caught up – I’ve a delightful hour or more (dinner fixings and eating between) – in your garden, out with some of the NF animals – and your tradesmen doing their work 🙂

  7. So much work goes into a garden! I did some weeding this week, but there is a lot more to do! Your garden is so much bigger than mine, so I can only imagine how much work goes into your and Jackie’s . Well done!

  8. I particularly like that Autumn sculpture photo by Jackie. She is wearing a nice cap of lichens and seems to be carrying some too. You must have had the sculpture for some time?

    1. Just a few years (maybe 8). it was very well used when we bought it. The lichen has arrived since we’ve had it. Thanks very much, Lavinia

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