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Scrubber's Journal

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He's at it AGAIN!!!

09 October 2017 21:28:45
Liquidamber tree-to remember Anna's brother and planted by his grandchildren two years ago

Liquidamber tree-to remember Anna's brother and planted by his grandchildren two years ago

Shouted a panicky cherub Cymbals to Cherub Lute. 'Mr Scrubber is shifting a huge rock-and you know what he did last time-and he said he would reconsider -and he's going to hurt.....' Cherub Lute smiled and said soothingly 'I know I know but relax dear friend. All he actually has to do is to roll out that rock.And it is quite rollable. Then dig out about a foot of earth. And then roll back the rock and perhaps-if he notices- turn it the other way'. There's no huge effort involved and I know he will be careful and if he remembers to use the crowbar to edge it in it will be all done very easily'. Cherub Cymbals was a little less worried at this and it happened exactly as Cherub Lute suggested. The rock rolled. It was easy to dig out the hole a foot deeper. Then Scrubber realised (or thought he did)-that it would suit far better turned the other way and the crowbar worked a dream. Now the big rock that was a little awkwardly stuck into the grassy slope by the steps, actually contacts with the bottom step and makes a fine turning point towards the path down into the Scrub. Thank you Cherub Lute!

Scrubber also got some strimming done especially around the tree where he planted the box. Speaking of which, he wasnt 100% satisfied with the line of his other box hedge and took out five box plants-great roots after two years and replanted them slightly back and it works. Later this evening he got a good bit of mowing done.

Earlier in the day he thought the rain would spoil today as Donal was coming to work on the drain going into the septic tank. yes believe it or not these mundane things are also in the Scrub! There was a  concrete chamber that led the drains into the actual tank and it was beginning to give trouble. Without going into too much detail it was replaced by a much more efficient and simpler piping system and the ugly block structure was demolished. The good news is that Scrubber can now fill in around the pipe with the excavated clay and the debris and can extend the terrace line into Elizabeth's corner and it will look 100 times better. Theres a lot of work to be done but ill do it little by little and it was great to have it done before winter set in.

Today was vintage Autumn, damp, not a bit cold, leaves swirling down and a real sense of the beginning of the end of the year. The grass doesnt seem to realise its over though. I feel that years ago one stoppped mowing in late October and didnt start until late february-now its ongoing. And guess what as I moved some leaf litter I saw the crowns of snowdrops peeping up! Theres also a primula florindae out in the bog and thats surely out of season!


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JoanG JoanG 09 October 2017 23:03:44

No rock is safe when you are in the vicinity Mr Scrubber!  Good work, you got lots done.  And that Liquidambar is just beautiful. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 October 2017 22:29:30

Just as well there were TWO cherubs to keep an eye on you! Lovely journal Peter!

Scrubber Scrubber 13 October 2017 17:22:35

many thanks to you both. Joan I often talk to the said Liquidamber and ask Hall to look after us all. Hazel id need a HOST of cherubs to keep me safe!


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