When I moved into my new home late last year my garden looked like this:
And there to one side is a rather lovely looking bamboo. The problem is two fold; one, I don’t want a bamboo and certainly not there. Two, whoever planted the bamboo didn’t put it in properly.
Bamboo likes to grow and you have to be super careful when you plant it to make sure the roots don’t go everywhere. The previous owners did not do this and so I am now chasing bamboo roots around my garden.
If you’re doubting how far they can go, my next-door neighbour told me that he had some pop up in his garden, on the opposite side to my joining fence. Sigh. Not only badly planted but badly planted right next to neighbours. Not nice.
So I am now waging war on the nasty thing. I thought as it has been taking up so much of my time I would share a few pictures.
The lawn after I had pulled one of the roots out
The root pulled out from the previous picture
The rest of the roots I’ve managed to get out so far. I’m hoping I’m about 45/50% of the way there now.
Some of the roots still in the ground. Sadly I think they go under the fence…
So this is what I’ve been doing in the morning, as well as shifting soil and moving paving slabs around ready to move the path and get ready to decide where everything else is going. Lots to do!
Posted by vclinde on February 20, 2013
Today’s lunch outing in Ashbourne. Fab place with a great menu and frequently changing specials. They also have a lovely deli. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Posted by vclinde on February 18, 2013
There are lots of ways to find new friends on Twitter. I have a tendency of jumping of top of conversations and talking to everyone – even if I don’t know all of the people involved. Also I often talk to people who my friends have re-tweeted. I did a combination of this last week when Vintage Books (@vintagebooks) re-tweeted a comment by @stujallen about their re-releases of Anthony Burgess’ books and saying that his best known work was perhaps not in fact his best. Ever eager for new books to read I asked for recommendations. And I got them. Also the wonderful, wonderful Vintage team have sent me them to read.
So not only did I make a new twitter friend but I now also have the chance to read these amazing books. I’m going to be starting with Byrne which to my chagrin I had never even heard about. Very excited. The other that was recommended by @stujallen was Earthly Powers.
So here is a look at the gorgeous new covers and a first look at the shelves in my almost-completely-finished library!
Settling in with my other books.
The first to be read (red read?)
Beautiful frontispiece (excuse the poetry behind – I’ve been working hard today)
Probably my favourite cover – The Complete Enderby.
I can’t wait to get reading. If you want to read more about them head on over to the Vintage site to take a look at their Burgess pages.
I’m off to finish my poetry so I can read!
Posted by vclinde on November 23, 2012
I’ve been super busy working on Etsy and so have been blogging a little less lately. I now have digital downloads available of poetry photographs. I’m also posting the component parts separately over on Facebook as well.
I am putting them up online one at a time but each different item has five different font options available and they can all be customized at no extra cost. Here are a couple of examples of each one online so far.
Posted by vclinde on November 20, 2012