Hedge, bed and roadway

By David

Had a really productive day today. Sam came over to help out and we first set to finishing one side of the front hawthorn hedge up to the main entrance. We have taken it back quite a lot from the inside to provide a neat edge and to give us a little more room. Very pleased with the result, even if my highly critical eye does tell that it rises, ever-so slightly, towards the entrance. Once it grows we can hedge trim it all down to level.

Viewing the hedge from the other side of the main road.

Viewing the hedge from the other side of the main road.

Showing left hand side hedge and bed

Showing left hand side hedge and bed

Whilst Sam set to burning all the hedge trimmings, I collected around 10 bucket loads of soil in the JCB. I brought it over to the left hand bed and continued to build it along the inside hedge, then marked out how far it will extend up to curbs.

Left hand entrance bed, shaping up nicely.

Left hand entrance bed, shaping up nicely.

Left to my own devices, I jumped back into the JCB and went over to the riverside drive, knowing our friendly lorry driver Jim had brought us some hardcore to lay down. He reverses his lorry all the way round the new roadway up to the twin pines and dumps his load. Thanks Jim!! As I was setting the JCB up to use the rear axle, I glanced over and spotted a kingfisher zooming along the river like a metallic blue bullet, beautiful birds and I’m sure it had food in its mouth.

After levelling the hardcore I then set about digging out some more roadway. This time from the edge of the concrete pathway where the conifers run along back towards the riverside road area. This section passes between two hawthorn trees, one of which I gave a serious hair cut last year, and it’s look fabulous and kind of African? (so said Suzanne>!) Anyway, at least I have a point now from which to lay out the markers for the roadway back to the entrance. šŸ™‚

View through Pine Gap along the river

View through Pine Gap along Riverside Drive

View back along the riverside road - needs filling!

View back along the riverside road – needs filling!

View from corner of road through hawthorn gate and back to start...

View from corner of road through hawthorn gate and back to start…

View from hawthorn gate up to concrete pathway

View from hawthorn gate up to concrete pathway

View back to hawthorn gate from concrete pathway

View back to hawthorn gate from concrete pathway – Kushi again!!

View towards hawthorn gate  - need to stake out rest of road!

View towards hawthorn gate – need to stake out rest of road!

PHEW!!

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