Friday, 9 June 2017

A Ton Of Gravel

Going Gently is going all Homes & Gardens today.
Who says I can't do a " lifestyle blog"?
I've just shifted a ton of soddin gravel ! A huge bag of which was unloaded by small grabber thing on the back of a lorry early this morning. The lorry got stuck for a while in the lane blocking the school rat run traffic which was fun and the two workmen were delayed for several minutes longer by Winnie's need for on-the-lip kisses. Fair dos both obliged her with a snog and she is now lying in a sunny spot in the garden , basking in the afterglow.
I was on my last legs, filling a bucket with the last few ounces of gravel when a neighbour skipped past commenting " That looks like a big job for you " 
I noted the " for you"bit and shot back a quick " fuck off!" Then promptly broke wind loudly as I heaved the load onto the new path!
The results as you will agree are impressive! ( the paths not the fart)



This afternoon I have filled the cottage with flowers from the garden
I think I'm frigging Jane Asher




78 comments:

  1. Would it be a lesser job for someone else? Nice paths.

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  2. You must be all hot and sweaty. The paths look very Continental and set the cottage off well no doubt.

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    1. Affable despot Jason said it looked very " Tuscany "

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    2. More material for pebble-dash, but can you eat a ton in one sitting?

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  3. Who the hell do you think you are? Alan Friggin' Titchmarsh?

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  4. Yes very impressive John - looks great!

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  5. Looks to be well worth your efforts! Good job!

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  6. I love your lifestyle!

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    1. Ive just had a bath, lots of broen scum around the rim!

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    2. Best to use the lav before you bathe.

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  7. It looks lovely John, a sort of a cross between Derek Jarman's Dungeness garden and a cottage garden. The alchemilla mollis looks lovely against the gravel.
    Virtual kisses to Winnie.

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  8. Looking good alltogethr 😊 It's amazing what a bit of gas power can help achieve

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  9. Love your garden and those jugs on the shelves, will your cottage be appearing in a lifestyle mag anytime soon?

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    1. Yes, Homosexual Monthly has booked a shoot

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    2. Does it still arrive in a brown paper envelope?

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  10. Looking great and love the vases of beautiful flowers x

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  11. It is perfect John, everything looks like it has been there for a long time and it all goes together so well. A garden and pups and sunshine, what more could you ask for ? :)

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  12. It all looks so pretty John.

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  13. What an incredible job. Well done, indoors and out.

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  14. So pretty! I love cut flowers in the house.

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  15. It all looks beautiful. I know how tough spreading gravel is, we had tons delivered here years ago. It nearly killed me, literally.

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  16. It looks gorgeous.

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    1. Not as neat as your garden x

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    2. Aha .... I only photograph the good bits ;-)

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  17. You are 'on a roll'! What's next?

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    1. More wallpainting jimbo!

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  18. Beautiful! Now come do mine.

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  19. Well, it's definitely a Martha Stewart effort & looks fab!

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  20. FAB! and all the pretties in the home; the prof will no doubt be surprised when he returns home.

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  21. Great effort indeed, greetings!

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  22. ...broke wind loudly...
    So aggressive.

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  23. Lovely paths. I am going to get more flowers for the house

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  24. There's nothing like a ton of gravel to brighten up a garden - not to mention the wear and tear on one's back.

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  25. Looks lovely and the flowers certainly brighten a home. They should also love the free music ......

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  26. Looks nice! What was there before? I think you've shown us pictures but I can't remember.

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    1. Too many plants, weeds an untidy cottage garden

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  27. Well it sure looks like a lifestyle blog, the garden and the interior shots are lovely, but that "fuck you" interlude makes it unmistakably YOUR blog, so all is right with the world.

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    1. I was laughing when I said it

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  28. Are you sprucing up the house and garden ready to add a 'for sale' sign?

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  29. I saw it today , looks fantastic ....a little piece of Tuscany in a north wales garden ....does need to finish the painting though .... Lazy bastard ;)

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    1. dear affable despot, why don't you help john paint? ;-)

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    2. He needs to get a ladder and he is afraid of heights ....I could give him a bunk up but I'm not sure he would be able to keep his balance, hold the brush and reach without farting either ....in fact thinking about it , I would suggest he gets a ladder :)

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    3. And there's me thinking you'd help me!

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  30. You seem too be out domesticating me with your rocks. It does look charming tho as do the flowers. :)

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  31. PS: Comic Con is using Walking Dead on everything this year.

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    1. I would so love to go to comic con

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  32. Gravel in gardens isn't something you see over here. It makes it too hard to shovel snow!! We have all cement, paving blocks, flower/veggie beds and lawn. I do love the look of the gravel though, it makes it look much softer.

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    1. I never knew that ...it makes sense

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  33. Who knew you could have a Mediterranean garden in Wales... Beautiful. I hope the air has re-freshened (or does it ever get fresh around you?)

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  34. In and outdoors, your house could get into Home and Gardens. Beautiful, John. When you mentioned the workmen, my first thought was: Aaah Winnie will be pleased.

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  35. You CAN "lifestyle blog" with the best of them!

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  36. Quite beautiful. Well done you

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    1. The prof was pleased too

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  37. Your cream pitcher pattern looks just like the flowers in the vase beside it! How Martha Stewart you are!!tee hee

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    1. They are my favourite jugs 1920 burleigh ware

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  38. An excellent job John, it looks very Continental. I hope you put plastic sheeting or something similar down, before you laid it, to stop the weeds growing through?

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  39. Love your jugs.... not something you can say to me :-)

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    1. I wouldnt say it to any woman

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  40. It looks brilliant. And I am sure the fart was also impressive.

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    1. It was magnificent

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    2. To be sure, were you also fragrant

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  41. Lovely garden and flowers! :-)

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  42. Your garden looks great. And so do your cut flowers. But you know I am really taken with those two pitchers/jugs. I certainly don't have any like that.

    Btw I have gravel around the edges of garden....areas where we never shovel snow.

    I haven't commented for ages but I faithfully read your blog and love it. Mardy. Good job. 🇨🇦

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    1. Thank god for that Mardy bum x

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  43. Does Jane Asher know you frigged her??Anyhoot, I did the gravel thing in my garden last year and swore I'd never do that again. It's knackering!!Yours looks tidy. Sorry if I sound like I'm in post-election meltdown. That's because I am!!Have a gravelly-good weekend.

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    1. Scotland has had a bit of an upheaval me thinks

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    2. She (Sturgeon, aka Jimmy Crankie) had it coming! Shoving IndyRef2 down everybodies' throats for the last two years was not taking care of business.

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  44. Looks great and your roses!

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