Ley-Landie

Ley-Landie

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We chopped down the Lleylandi trees at the side of the house yesterday. They were taller than our house and out of control!

We loaded them up on top of our old Landrover Series iii, before heading off to our local recycling centre with the cuttings.

It was great fun chopping them down.. we had to leave one in place tho, because our resident wood pigeons have built a nest, my son climbed up to the top to check if there was anything inside and there was a baby chick, around 3 weeks old… so we’ll wait until it has flown the nest then that one will be cut down too.

A Trip to the Beveridge Park

The kids and I took a trip along to the Beveridge Park this morning, its about a 15 minute car journey from our house.   We just went along for a walk, due to us all having cabin fever, after being cooped up in the house, with all the rain that poured down over the weekend.

This lovely swan was the first to greet us, as we walked up to the loch, there was a slight breeze blowing through our fingers, both my son and I noticed this, my daughter always walks around with her arms folded, she dropped her arms by her sides to feel it too  🙂 …

Tucked in behind was her baby..

This is the Island in the middle of the loch, they do boat hire here and you can row little boats around the island.   Although there was no-one rowing today

As we were walking around, my son noticed that some poor kiddies dolly was floating in the water!

 The contrasting colours in the trees here are absolutely beautiful…

This wee shabby duck looked a bit worse for wear siting at the edge of the loch…

About half way round the loch we made a wee detour over to the formal gardens, which were lined with Lavender and Roses… absolutely beautiful… and there was a water feature in the centre…

The statue on top of the fountain was an animal of some sorts..looked like a wee gopher

The roses were stunning…

There was a wet area with a bridge and we stopped to take a picture of this aquatic plant, we have no idea what it is, so will need to do a big of reasearch… If you know what it is please email us 🙂

 The path led us back round to the loch and this pretty little greylag goose

Some of its friends chose to wander towards the rose gardens…

Which were full of beautiful blooms and scents…

  

We all enjoyed our walk… it blew away a few cobwebs and left us all feeling chilled and relaxed 🙂

 

Cutting back the Conifers

Last night after we had eaten our Tea, we ventured out into the garden once more.    I wanted to get all the dead weeds lifted up from the driveway.    I had sprayed them about 10 days ago with weed killer, so the kids and I all got a pair of rubber gloves on and tackled the weeds.   

Because my driveway runs along the bottom of a neighbours garden, we tend to get all their plants growing through the fence and it looks rather unsightly, so I pushed as many as i could back through the fence, then I got the loppers out of the shed and cut the remainder of them all away..  it looks so much better.

Next on the cards was the front and side lawn, so out came the lawnmower and I got the grass cut, then proceeded to take the mower round to the back garden, my daughter volunteered to cut the back lawn, so that was a big help…. ableit she moaned the whole time she was doing it!

Because we had the loppers out, I thought it might be a good idea to cut the conifers at the side of the chicken coop/run,  back a little bit to let some light through, my son gave me a hand with this, he really enjoyed himself!

We will put the cut down branches to good use, they will be used as pea stakes, so my son stripped the branches of foliage and we will be keeping the long thinner ones.. there were quite a few chunky branches, i’ll keep these for late summer when we have a BBQ and have the chimnea fired up,  and i’ll use those to burn.    I know that pine wood crackles quite a bit, but we dont mind, as it will be used outdoors.   The rest of the foliage, will be bagged up and taken to our local refuse disposal point.

Another good lot of jobs done!