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fran m's Journal

fran m's Journal

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The search for Livingstone begins

20 September 2009 07:19:18
Into the unknown

Into the unknown

After many many weeks of planning, burning the midnight oil, meetings, emergency arrangements should anything go wrong. One final check on fuel, safety gear, the journey into the unknown section of the front/side garden began. At 08.00 hours, yesterday morning the first nervous steps were made into the undergrowth. And this morning there is good and bad news, the good news is that I am really happy with the first days results, 3ft taken off one section of the hedge, the strimmer was heard during the night trying to excape from the shed, it does not know what happened it yesterday, going over and over the same areas. But finnally at the end of the day a decent clearence was made. (much still to be done)

The bad news is I am feeling every one of my years this morning (plus VAT) Going to Belvadere today so will have time to relax a little. There is a great buzz at having made a start, and seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I must do a drawing of the garden and a take  photo, I bet I have the strangest shaped garden due to the cul de sac, and the embankment on the other side. I did find signs of a campfire and my guide, called ''Herindoors Withteaandcoffee'' says we are only days behind Liveingstone. I am more hopefull of meeting him again, I think he came to me in my dreams last night, or maybe it was the effect of a strange insect bite, or most likely the wine from last night. Photos wil be  posted soon of what is happening here.           


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Rachel Rachel 20 September 2009 09:15:20

So, first blood for the intrepid explorer! It sue feels good to know you're on the way to tackling a problem. Take plenty of photos to encourage yourself, take rests but keep at it!


Labourer! Labourer! 20 September 2009 10:30:36

You should listen to "Herindoors". As a guide they often have sage advice, but never let the exhortations of one of these guides interfere with the due process of planning and contemplation. You may only be days behind Livingstone, but he is probably busy clearing the snakes so that you will not find any. He, along with St Patrick have done a grand job in that respect.

You really MUST do a layout drawing of your garden. Stargazer and I spent quite some time last night studying the pictures of your garden with your climber in mind and thought we had the layout sussed and then you come up with this!! OK, so where is the stargate that leads you to this new world??? I could not see it in your photos. Is is inside the garage?


Labourer! Labourer! 20 September 2009 10:31:00

(This 1000 character limit is a pest)

Feeling your years? Now you know what I felt like after screwing up screws in the shed all afternoon. (Not quite sure what your refusal to comment was about. Were you thinking something else??) Mind you, you don't have that many years to feel yet. 49 was or did you crack the 50 since the profile. God heavens man I have twelve years on you! You should be lepping around like a young goat.

This newly revealed area looks great for veggies


Myrtle Myrtle 21 September 2009 08:53:16

Keep the photos coming as you make progress, we all need encouragment! The first step is the hardest, you wont stop now till you have it all conquered and then the plan?


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 21 September 2009 10:05:12

You made a good start at the work, looking forward to seeing the drawing of your garden,  its lovely having a fresh canvas to start with, but I know it can be pretty daunting as well :O)


MichaelC MichaelC 21 September 2009 20:58:33

Fran, its looking good and just think of the fun you will have in planning what you want to do with it. Great work.


chilipepper chilipepper 22 September 2009 01:04:14

Great work Fran, well done, keep a small spot for some veg! you would be surprised what you can get back from a small plot or some containers! 


Mairin Mairin 24 September 2009 01:14:40

God bless your energy, even if it aged you by an extra 20% or so.  Just think about what you will be able to do with all that space.  Lucky you.


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