August 11th

So the Bobcat has come and gone and I wasn’t home to take pics. But a machine is a machine – right! The site for the garage slab is basically levelled off, with some serious muscle work to do from Colin this week to finish off, and the tree at the front has left home.  I hate taking trees out but this one was full of borers and heading towards its deathbed anyway. The front is basically shaped for landscaping, but by the time the front of the cottage is pushed out a bit and the deck up there will only be a smallish area anyway.  Probably room for another small tree and a couple of shrub to give us some privacy from the road – it’s rather like living in a TV set at the moment, with road and lane on two sides.

We’ve put in the orchard – citrus lined up neatly to make a sort-of hedge when they grow -Colin’s job to keep them pruned and out of the lake-view! Lemon, orange, lime, mandarin and grapefruit around the vegetable beds, and a nectarine-cross-plum at the house end.  Somehow we ended up with a hole too many dug, and no remarks from the mathematician in the family, please, about how can five trees equate to six holes! Just accept that trees and holes didn’t equate, probably because we kept changing the locations, and so we also have a soft-fruit tree.

Two cumquats will give a visual break between terraces. These are the really bitter ones (good for cumquat marmalade), but with gorgeous glossy leaves and a good shape.

Two cumquats will give a visual break between terraces. These are the really bitter ones (good for cumquat marmalade), but with gorgeous glossy leaves and a good shape.

The beginnings of Colon's citrus grove!

The beginnings of Colon’s citrus grove!

 

Luka wants the deck back so he can get to ....

Luka wants the deck back so he can get to ….

...here with less climbing.

…here with less climbing.

From right hand side of front - tree gone, garage gone.  Forlorn little cottage left behind.

From right hand side of front – tree gone, garage gone. Forlorn little cottage left behind. But watch this space!

looking from back to front, through the demolition zone waiting for new garage and kitchen.

looking from back to front, through the demolition zone waiting for new garage and kitchen. The tall posts at left is for the fence extension to hide the neighbours.

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