We'll start with a picture of me and Mike (my ex-, as of 9th March 1999 :-( ) gardening. I love gardening - I could watch Mike do it all day long...
Thrilling, eh? He was digging a stream bed, so that I'd have a babbling brook to listen to. Here we are again, with me remembering that I have a camera for a change:
David is pounding the stream bed flat as he works in the hose which will bring water to the top, Mike excavates and Dad holds up a shovel - Mum is, of course, taking the picture of us all. Me? I'm taking a picture of Mum.
The view of the garden from the house:
with a nice swing seat to sit next to the babbling brook. The trees at the end line the lode (stream) which Lode is named after - here's the view down under the trees of the lode:
Not very big, very shallow. The level of the water is controlled by the gates in the lock at the Mill - when the tourists go round Anglesey Abbey, more water is let through - this can wash away the pump which fills the babbling brook!
Here's a closer view of the babbling brook:
all that bare earth has been created by my gardener - I have to fill it with plants, but it takes me ages to put them in. Indeed, here it is in the Autumn of 2000 and I still haven't finished!
But I do (courtesy of John - another person to watch work all day long!) have a nice pond at the bottom of the stream with a bridge over it...
In the winter, the bridge still looks pretty:
Looking back towards the house:
The lawn is quite large in reality, too - it takes me an hour to cut it. In 1999, I gained a gardener (Alfred) for the first time due to the continued decline in my back and he is a miracle!
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Page and pictures (c) Sophie Wilson 1999, 2000.