Easter Mosshat Gardens is two acres, ridiculously large for someone who works full time, wants to do lots of other things in life, runs a home and tries to keep ahead of numerous teenagers. But we all have a dream some time in our life. I still want a BIG garden to try out my ideas and designs and to replant my plant collection. At the last count on Saturday I have potted up pieces of or taken cuttings of 1144 plants to take with us! But, it also has to be manageable and enjoyable and not a chore or burden that will stop us adventuring around the globe or too the far reaches of our own country.
This next garden will be quite different, my ideas have changed, I want to try new planting plans, new plants and with David's influence and ideas too, it will be something quite amazing. Hopefully it will be less exposed. Easter Mosshat sits on top of an exposed hill at 850 feet above sea level. I won't deny it's been interesting to garden in a challenging environment, I've learnt a lot about shelter and what you can grow if you are clever about it.
So far we've looked at a house in need of attention, with a large back garden containing mature beech and a wide swath of grass and dockens, an exciting challenge, scope for all my ideas, but would you believe after two months on the market, on the day we were going to put in an offer, someone beat us to it that morning! We also looked at a beautiful wee cottage, lovingly restored by its current owners with an acre of garden, most of which was paddock. Backed by an abandoned railway embankment, we were very taken with it, but honestly it was over our budget.
We have also looked at a house which we really like, small, old, plenty character, needs a bit of attention, but we like a project and one we can do together. The garden is 3/4 of an acre, pretty much a blank canvas and OMG it has a stream running through it! I've always wanted a garden with a real running stream, and it has a copper beech tree, one of my favourites and an old knarled apple tree which would look lovely in a wild flower meadow, maybe this one is meant to be? If Mr mortgage man would get back to us with number crunching, who knows. Maybe the Quirky bird has found her new home. Watch this space ..............................
The nightmare of de cluttering, packing and moving house .............
|Even dolls houses have to be packed!|
|Another car full for the tip|
|Emptying the attic, 3 weeks work|
|And another bonfire in the making|
|Clearing out the attic|
|At last the attic is empty|